The Magician and the Cardsharp
I never saw it coming, though. I'm reading about a guy named Oscar, who may just be the most pathetic virgin since...well, since virginity...and then I'm in the D.R. again. But let me set the record straight: I love the D.R. and I loved this book. In THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, Junot Diaz has created one of the more memorable characters of the year. And DAMN it was funny and poignant and tragic and silly and magical. I was reminded of many different books and authors as I read this work (Butterflies, Lambs, Marquez) and also some amazing geeks I have known over the course of my life (no, I'm not naming anyone).
So...it's the end of the year, so I'm diving into my endless reading project, which many other people refer to as VACATION. I just finished my first day of reading, so I decided to do a fresh entry (this one) to mark the beginning. I'll bookend it at the end of my vacation with a final entry!