I finished The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz this morning, which won the Pulitzer Prize this year. Diaz created a dangerous and interesting world around a pitful but inspiriing character, Oscar Wao. This novel is about the nerdy and awkward expedition of Oscar's life, and his battle against the forces of the Fuku. Sounds intergalatic, Oscar Wao would've loved it. But it is about a curse put on Oscar family by the presence of an evil dictator in the Dominican Republic. Diaz tells this story through a First Person Periphrial (I think I spelled that wrong), and Diaz uses this method superbly. This is the work of a Master. First Person Periphrial is the only intersting form of First Person, so Diaz started the novel with a great POV choice. Diaz also does a great job of painting an annoying and likeable character of Oscar Wao, only the greats can give a character so many angles and allow for the reader to decide whether they like him or dislike him. Because of the circumstances of his life and death, the reader really has no choice but to like Oscar Wao. I don't know if that's good or not, because I feel that's manipulating the reader. Just give us the good, bad, and ugly, and then have the confidence to let the reader make a choice, let us participate in the storyline. The ending was so-so. It was good, I liked it. But it wasn't a "One Hunderd Years of Solitude" type ending, where you smile for a week and can't seem to shake the euphoria. But it was good and it fit the storyline. Overall, this novel was a brilliantly crafted piece of fiction, and a great contribution to the field of literature. Junot Diaz diserves the Pultizer Prize, and he is on the fast track to a Nobel Prize.
In my rating of Good, Gooder, or Goodest. I give it a Goodest.