|Published: September 2007|
This is an epic book that deserves an epic review; yet, all I can muster is "wow!" Diaz has delivered a novel, his first, that feels like the Pulitzer Prize winning classic it is. Our anti-hero, Oscar, is an obese, non-chick getting, J.R.R.Tolkien wannabe, "ghetto nerd." But, don't let that fool you. At his core, he's just like the rest of us and that's what makes this book so wondrous. Much like his gritty critcally acclaimed debut short story collection, 1996's Drown, Diaz's writing in long form is equally electric and awe-inspiring. Highly recommended!