History Literature / TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao

11th Mar '17 9:50:29 AM Jayalaw
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Creator/LinManuelMiranda narrates the audiobook.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys - Played straight, subverted and deconstructed all in the same book.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished - Averted with Beli who has oil scars all over back and later has to have one of her breasts removed.
* BigBad- You could argue that Trujillo or the fukú curse fulfill this role.
* BigBreastPride - Beli becomes ''extremely'' well-endowed when she [[SheIsAllGrownUp hits puberty]]. [[DCupDistress She's initially ashamed about her breasts]], but soon begins flaunting them when she realizes that they make men fall all over her. Her daughter Lola, on the other hand, is as flat as a board but became just as well-endowed in a different area.
* BigDamnHeroes - José Then and the rest of Belicia's old coworkers, who put themselves in danger of great harm by saving her life from some secret police thugs. José even pulls a pistol and jams it against one of their heads.
* BilingualBonus - Several of the untranslated Spanish phrases give better insight to the character's emotions as well as providing additional context.
* BittersweetEnding - [[spoiler:Oscar is no longer a virgin and found someone who he could get intimate with, but in doing so he got himself killed. Beli a died from breast cancer. Lola and Yunior marry other people, and Oscar's manuscript on his family's history is lost, possibly forever. But Oscar found love!]]
* BlackAndNerdy - Oscar falls into this category.
* TheBlank - The Man Without a Face appears during times of tragedy in the de León family.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys - AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight, subverted and deconstructed all in the same book.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished - BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Beli who has oil scars all over back and later has to have one of her breasts removed.
* BigBad- BigBad: You could argue that Trujillo or the fukú curse fulfill this role.
* BigBreastPride - BigBreastPride: Beli becomes ''extremely'' well-endowed when she [[SheIsAllGrownUp hits puberty]]. [[DCupDistress She's initially ashamed about her breasts]], but soon begins flaunting them when she realizes that they make men fall all over her. Her daughter Lola, on the other hand, is as flat as a board but became just as well-endowed in a different area.
* BigDamnHeroes - BigDamnHeroes: José Then and the rest of Belicia's old coworkers, who put themselves in danger of great harm by saving her life from some secret police thugs. José even pulls a pistol and jams it against one of their heads.
* BilingualBonus - BilingualBonus: Several of the untranslated Spanish phrases give better insight to the character's emotions as well as providing additional context.
* BittersweetEnding - BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Oscar is no longer a virgin and found someone who he could get intimate with, but in doing so he got himself killed. Beli a died from breast cancer. Lola and Yunior marry other people, and Oscar's manuscript on his family's history is lost, possibly forever. But Oscar found love!]]
love! Lola has also married and had a daughter, and it's implied she has broken the cycle of abuse that Beli started.]]
* BlackAndNerdy - BlackAndNerdy: Oscar falls into this category.
* TheBlank - TheBlank: The Man Without a Face appears during times of tragedy in the de León family.



* CulturalRebel - Oscar fit the profile to a T; Lola too, to a lesser degree.
* {{Curse}} - Fukú may or may not be real, but Oscar and his family certainly get into some deep deep shit.
* DirtyCop - Ybon's boyfriend is a thug with a badge.
* DrivenToSuicide - Oscar attempts this before moving in with Yunior, and again after [[spoiler:he caught Jenni having sex with a punk guy]]. He fails both times.

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* CulturalRebel - : Oscar fit the profile to a T; Lola too, to a lesser degree.
* {{Curse}} - : Fukú may or may not be real, but Oscar and his family certainly get into some deep deep shit.
shit. Yunior hopes that his book will help Oscar's family break the curse.
* DirtyCop - DirtyCop: Ybon's boyfriend is a thug with a badge.
* DrivenToSuicide - : Oscar attempts this before moving in with Yunior, and again after [[spoiler:he caught Jenni having sex with a punk guy]]. He fails both times.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Oscar has attempted suicide [[spoiler:twice]]. This shows he has little regard for his life when [[spoiler:he finally finds love with Ybon worth his subsequent fatal beating.]]



* GratuitousSpanish - See BilingualBonus.

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* GratuitousSpanish - GratuitousSpanish: See BilingualBonus.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Ybon.
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl - Oscar with Ybon.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Ybon.
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl - InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: Oscar with Ybon.



* LonelyFuneral - Oscar's funeral at the end of the novel is attended only by Yunior, Lola, Beli and La Inca.
* LonersAreFreaks - Oscar.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy - Oscar, so very much. We see in a flashback that he inherited this trait from his mother Beli, who nearly got killed because of it. [[spoiler:Oscar is even less lucky.]]

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* LonelyFuneral - KarmaHoudini:
** The most Beli's boyfriend does for her after other thugs beat her up and cause her to miscarriage is apologize, deny that he knew it would happen, and give her a chance to leave the country. She does so reluctantly and tries to start a new life.
** Yunior mentions that he sees Ybon's husband living in New York, having suffered no consequences for [[spoiler:murdering Oscar.]]
* LonelyFuneral:
Oscar's funeral at the end of the novel is attended only by Yunior, Lola, Beli and La Inca.
* LonersAreFreaks - LonersAreFreaks: Oscar.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy - LoveCannotOvercome: Even though Yunior loves Lola and even dates her at one point, she can't return his feelings. It's because [[spoiler:Oscar attempted suicide while rooming with him, and then borrowed money from him to return to Ybon, which leads to Oscar's brutal death.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy:
Oscar, so very much. We see in a flashback that he inherited this trait from his mother Beli, who nearly got killed because of it. [[spoiler:Oscar is even less lucky.]]



* NamedLikeMyName - Óscar de León, the main character, has the name of a famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_D%27Le%C3%B3n salsa singer]]. This is, though, never mentioned in the book.
* NarratorAllAlong - Yunior.
* NerdsAreVirgins - UpToEleven.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - Both Oscar and his mother, Beli, receive one in the very same place.
* NWordPrivileges - The N-word is used very liberally in the book.
* PyrrhicVictory - Oscar finds love...[[spoiler:and then is killed brutally]].
* RatedMForManly: Both Oscar and Yunior struggle with living up to the Dominican standards of masculinity.

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* NamedLikeMyName - NamedLikeMyName: Óscar de León, the main character, has the name of a famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_D%27Le%C3%B3n salsa singer]]. This is, though, never mentioned in the book.
* NarratorAllAlong - NarratorAllAlong: Yunior.
* NerdsAreVirgins - NerdsAreVirgins: UpToEleven.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Both Oscar and his mother, Beli, receive one in the very same place.
* NWordPrivileges - NWordPrivileges: The N-word is used very liberally in the book.
* PyrrhicVictory - OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Yunior kicks himself when he realizes that Oscar asked him for a loan, and Oscar has ''never'' asked anyone for money. [[spoiler:Oscar wanted to fly back to the Dominican Republic and reunite with Ybon.]]
* PlausibleDeniability: When Oscar is caught driving an unconscious Ybon in the Dominican, he tells her boyfriend that he thought the not-so former had broken up. Ybon's boyfriend still orders his men to take Oscar to the sugarcane field and deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* PyrrhicVictory:
Oscar finds love...[[spoiler:and then is killed brutally]].
* RatedMForManly: Both Oscar and Yunior struggle with living up to the Dominican standards of masculinity.
brutally]].



* SenseiForScoundrels - Yunior tries this with Oscar and fails utterly.

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* SenseiForScoundrels - RatedMForManly: Both Oscar and Yunior struggle with living up to the Dominican standards of masculinity.
* RealityEnsues: Beli has NoSympathy towards Oscar trying to kill himself [[spoiler:twice]]. This means that even with Lola and Yunior watching out for Oscar, [[spoiler:he still decides that it's better to die after finding love with Ybon then to live and attempt to get treatment for his depression.]]
* SenseiForScoundrels:
Yunior tries this with Oscar and fails utterly.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse - Jacquelyn and Beli are both stunning, and their beauty wins them all the wrong kinds of attention.
* ShoutOut - The title is an allusion to the Creator/ErnestHemingway story, ''The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber''.
* StalkingIsLove - Oscar is very... persistent to say the least, with Ybon.
* TooDumbToLive - Oscar's attempts to persuade Ybon to ditch her husband for him, despite him nearly being killed by his goons before escaping to America and the persuasions of those closest to him not to go through with the act.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain - Averted, Beli and her family go back to Santo Domingo every year for vacation.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse - SlutShaming: Beli makes it a point to call Ybon a ''puta'' (a prostitute) at every opportunity. [[spoiler:Ybon nearly getting Oscar killed doesn't endear Beli to her.]]
* SoBeautifulItsACurse:
Jacquelyn and Beli are both stunning, and their beauty wins them all the wrong kinds of attention.
* ShoutOut - ShoutOut: The title is an allusion to the Creator/ErnestHemingway story, ''The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber''.
* StalkingIsLove - StalkingIsLove: Oscar is very... persistent to say the least, with Ybon.
* TooDumbToLive - TooDumbToLive:
** Beli after her boyfriend impregnates her thinks that she can go on as she does when a few Mirabel Sisters show up and tell her she has to abort the baby, and has to stay away from him. She doesn't get the memo and refuses to get an abortion. This means that several police thugs beat her to death after luring her out of her house, and cause her to miscarry. She's also lucky to be alive.
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Oscar's attempts to persuade Ybon to ditch her husband for him, despite him nearly being killed by his goons before escaping to America and the persuasions of those closest to him not to go through with the act.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** When Beli lies semiconscious in the sugarcane field, she has a vision of a creature telling her she has to live so that she will have her two children. Beli decides to listen, and to reluctantly leave her home.
** Oscar later encounters this same creature after being in a similar situation. He still decides that [[spoiler:it's better to try and win Ybon over.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain - Averted, Beli and her family go back to Santo Domingo every year for vacation.
vacation.
21st Dec '16 2:26:37 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin - [[spoiler:Oscar before he is executed by Ybon's boyfriend's goons.]]
25th Apr '16 2:35:02 PM RingSlinger
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''The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'' (2007) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Junot Díaz. The story is centered around the character Oscar de León, a [[OneOfUs consummate scifi and fantasy geek]] with horrendous luck with women who wants to be the Dominican Creator/JRRTolkien. The story is told through his former roommate at Rutgers, Yunior, who comes off as a [[JerkAss bit dickish]] when he is first introduced into the story, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold grows into a better person]] by the time he is writing the novel. Yunior tells the story of Oscar's life (and [[OhAndXDies death]]) by tracing Oscar's story through his sister Lola, his mother Hypatá Belicia Cabral (or Beli for short), and his grandfather Abelard Cabral's own tragic tales.

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''The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'' (2007) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Junot Díaz. The story is centered revolves around the character Oscar de León, a [[OneOfUs consummate scifi and fantasy geek]] with horrendous luck with women who wants to be the Dominican Creator/JRRTolkien. The story is told through his former roommate at Rutgers, Yunior, who comes off as a [[JerkAss bit dickish]] when he is first introduced into the story, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold grows into a better person]] by the time he is writing the novel. Yunior tells the story of Oscar's life (and [[OhAndXDies death]]) by tracing Oscar's story through his sister Lola, his mother Hypatá Belicia Cabral (or Beli for short), and his grandfather Abelard Cabral's own tragic tales.
25th Feb '16 4:47:37 AM VoxAquila
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* MostWritersAreWriters: Both Yunior and Oscar are aspiring writers; the later of pulpy SF, and the former of hyper-violent {{Noir}}.
18th Feb '16 5:35:58 AM VoxAquila
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* InsistantTerminology: Oscar's geeky interests are lumped together as "the Genres."

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* InsistantTerminology: InsistentTerminology: Oscar's geeky interests are lumped together as "the Genres."
18th Feb '16 5:35:11 AM VoxAquila
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* InstantTerminology: Oscar's geeky interests are lumped together as "the Genre."

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* InstantTerminology: InsistantTerminology: Oscar's geeky interests are lumped together as "the Genre.Genres."


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* RatedMForManly: Both Oscar and Yunior struggle with living up to the Dominican standards of masculinity.
18th Feb '16 5:27:31 AM VoxAquila
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* CategoryTraitor: Oscar is considered one for being 1) bad with girls, and 2) literate.


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* InstantTerminology: Oscar's geeky interests are lumped together as "the Genre."
20th Dec '15 4:34:36 PM nombretomado
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** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''TheSilmarillion''

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** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''TheSilmarillion''''Literature/TheSilmarillion''
19th Nov '15 5:00:35 AM pontemonkey
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Why, yes, Rafael Trujilo [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Trujillo was a real person, and dictator of the Dominican Republic.]] He didn't have a sister, though one shows up in the text. Other historical figures, such as the Mirabal Sisters and Joaquin Balauger, show up in the footnotes.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Why, yes, Rafael Trujilo [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Trujillo was a real person, and dictator of the Dominican Republic.]] He didn't have a sister, though one shows up in the text. Other historical figures, such as the Mirabal Sisters and Joaquin Balauger, Balaguer, show up in the footnotes.
5th Nov '15 4:29:02 AM VoxAquila
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** Manga/{{Akira}}
** ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns
** TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons

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** Manga/{{Akira}}
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**'' ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''
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** TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons
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** ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}
** Literature/TheLordOfTheRings and TheSilmarillion
** Franchise/{{Dune}}

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** ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}
''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''
** Literature/TheLordOfTheRings ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and TheSilmarillion
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** Franchise/{{Dune}}''Franchise/{{Dune}}''



** ComicBook/LoveAndRockets

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** ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''



** ComicBook/TheSandman

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** ComicBook/TheSandman**'' ComicBook/TheSandman''



** Franchise/StarTrek
** LiveActionTV/DoctorWho
** Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes
** VideoGame/StreetFighter

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** Franchise/StarTrek
''Franchise/StarTrek''
** LiveActionTV/DoctorWho
''LiveActionTV/DoctorWho''
** Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes
''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''
** VideoGame/StreetFighter''VideoGame/StreetFighter''
** ''Film/{{Zardoz}}''
** ''Virus''
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