Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the "Novel of the Decade"

Sam Anderson praises Junot Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in his New York Magazine piece, “When Lit Blew into Bits,” calling it the “Novel of the Decade.” Anderson discusses what the novel has grown into in the past ten years (which he refers to as “the aughts”) and asserts that The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao “most artfully co-opted our newfangled webbiness, [and] allowed itself to feel simultaneously major and small, [and] anchored its post-postmodern gimmickry in solid fictional ground…The result is a reference-studded Spanglish loaded so densely with extratextual shout-outs (ringwraiths, Le Corbusier, Joseph Conrad’s wife) it practically requires the web as an unofficial appendix. The book could have been sponsored by Google and Wikipedia; you either have to consult them constantly or just surrender to the vastness of the knowledge you don’t have—which is, of course, its own kind of pleasure.” Read the fascinating article here.

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