Book Reflection: “The Brief Wondrous of Oscar Wao”

Junot Diaz in his book “The Brief Wondrous of Oscar Wao” highlights the life of a Dominican family. In this particular chapter, Diaz presents the life of Abelard Cabral’s family. Cabral is a surgeon from the upper class of Santa Domingo. Cabral is multi-lingual, and he encourages his daughters likewise. He avoids political disagreements with others and steadily supports Trujillo. He recognizes Trujillo in feasts and parties, but he always keeps his distance from him. In 1944, Cabral started walking alone, and he leaves his wife at home. His daughter is approaching womanhood, and her attractive body is noticeable. At this time, everyone in the country knows Trujillo as a ruthless dictator, who always does as he pleases. He has stationed spies all over the country to identify the prettiest women in the country and bring them to him. Cabral has a mistress by name Lydia. Diaz engages his audiences to bring these two sets of the story where both Cabral and Trujillo appear to engage in battle. Problems befall Cabral’s family. First, the dictatorship regime summons his arrest. He receives beatings while under the custody of the police. Diaz’s attempt is to illustrate how a dictatorial regime can do harm to its very own citizens.

This narration vividly depicts the disadvantages of a dictatorial system of government, giving unlimited power and access to government apparatus. The manner, in which Abelard is framed for crimes he did not commit, and also sentenced to a lengthy jail term, also begs to ask a lot of questions. Those close to him are also eliminated. From this, we learn how powerful politicians use state resources to handle personal matters. We also see how greed and corruption dominate the activities of many of the wealthy elite ruling class. The manner in which Trujillo hunts Abelard’s daughter reveals the uncontrollable desires which he harbors. This story is a detailed revelation of the happenings of most of our national leaders behind the corridors of power. It reveals the corrupt dealings and the personal agenda, which they have and illustrates to us the lengths, which many of these unscrupulous individuals will go to fulfill their desires. In the end, the determination of La Inca to rescue her niece Belicia shows us how a strong human will and resolve will help us overcome the harshest situations, eventually helping us realize our goals. Belicia’s survival acts as a beacon of hope in the end and goes on to illustrate how good ultimately rules over evil. Through this narrative, we learn about human nature and how those in power many times fall to evil vices, destroying many lives along the way, and annihilating many innocent lives. But justice always prevails in the end.


Work Cited
Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. S.l.: Penguin Group US, 2007. Print.

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