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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was seven then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a Casanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the first nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimpliness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her Last Days. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Oscar. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a thirty-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue res guapa!—until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diablo! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his seventh year, when he had two little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Oscar’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a ta. sanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Oscar. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!—until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diablo! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with puretrtoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Oscar’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock.

And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females

(how very un-Dominican of him).

He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a Casanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican

family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged

by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99.

He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Oscar. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neigh. bor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attentiondeprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!—until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diablo! This is not a cabaret!

It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheo.

sis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco.

Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so

pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Oscar’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.


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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asano. va. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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 All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Osc r. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!— until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diab o! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Osca ’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asano. va. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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 All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Osc r. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!— until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diab o! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Osca ’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asano. va. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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 All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Osc r. The little guy loved himself the females, has “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!— until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diab o! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Osca ’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was seven then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a Casanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the first nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimpliness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her Last Days. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asano. va. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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 All the other boys his age avoided the girls like they were a bad case of Captain Trips. Not Osc r. The little man loved himself the females, had “ girlfriends” galore. (he was a stout kid., heading straight to fat, but his mother kept him nice in haircuts and clothes, and before the proportions of his head changed h’ed had these lovely flashing eyes and these cute-ass cheeks, visible in all his pictures). The girls — his sister Lola’s friends, his mother’s friends, even their neighbor, Mari Colon, a 30-something postal employee who wore red on her lips and walked like she had a bell for an ass–all purportedly fell for him. Ese muchacho esta bueno! (Did it hurt that he was earnest and cleary attention-deprived?Not at all!) In the DR during summer visits to his family digs in Bani he was the worst, would stand in front of Nena Inca’s house and call out to passing women —Tu eres guapa! Tue eres guapa!— until a Seventh-day Adventist complained to his grandmother and she shut down the hit parade lickety-split. Muchacho del Diab o! This is not a cabaret! It truly was a Golden Age for Oscar, one that reached its apotheosis in the fall of his 7th year, when he had 2 little girlfriends at the same time, his first and only ménage a trois. With Maritza Chacon and Olga Polanco. Martza was Lola’s friend. Long-haired and prissy and so pretty she could have played young Dejah Thoris. Olga, on the other hand, was no friend of the family. She lived in the house at the end of the block that his mother complained about because it was filled with purertoricans who were always hanging out in their porch drinkinbeer. (What, they couldn’t’ have done that in Cuamo? Oscar’s mom asked crossly. ) Olga had like ninety cousins, all who seemed to be named Hector or Luis or Wanda. And since her mother was una maldita Boracha (to Quote Osca ’s mom), Olga smelled on some days of ass, which is why the kids took to calling her Mrs. Peabody.

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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was seven then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a Casanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the first nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimpliness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her Last Days. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asano. va. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimp-liness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hipmotism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females

ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimpliness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99. He was our little Porfirio Rubirosa.


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ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females

ur hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about– he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock. And except for one period early in his life, dude never had much luck with the females (how very un-Dominican of him). He was 7 then. In those blessed days of his youth, Oscar was something of a asanova. One of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind them during a merengue and giving them the pelvic pump, the 1st. nigger to learn the perrito and the one who danced it any chance he got. Because in those days he was (still) a “normal” Dominican boy raised in a “typical” Dominican family, his nascent pimpliness was encouraged by blood and friends alike. During parties—some drunk relative inevitably pushed Oscar onto some little girl and then everyone would howl as boy and girl approximated the hip-motism of the adults. You should have seen him, his mother sighed in her 99.

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