Welcome to the third week of the Plaza Familia Online Book Club! If this is your first visit and you’d like to be part of the club, I’d like to invite you to click here to know more about the rules. During the month of June we’ve been reading the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Dominican-Amarican author Junot Dìaz, while the children in the house have been enjoying and learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Saying that The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is an excellent and very intense book is an understatement, since reading it means being transported to the Dominican Republic, or any other Latin American country where culture, family bonds, and even political vision touch the lives of every character in one way or the other. During the second chapter, I was able to figure out who the narrator was, but in the third it is not very clear. This is, however, something that doesn’t make that much of a difference and it doesn’t weaken the story.

Particularly, I enjoyed the third chapter very much, not only because it’s filled with adventure, but because it is about Beli, Lola and Oscar’s mother. We learn about her life in school, her obsession with boys, what she thinks “love” is, the discovery of voluptuous curves that can hypnotize men, and the events that take her on the road of maternity at a very early age.

In the third chapter I found a different narrator and a series of events linked to Oscar’s inability to find mutual love, which leads him to attempt suicide.

Next week we’ll continue to talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and we’ll be sharing our views on chapter 5.

Did you have a chance to find The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? If so, don’t hesitate to tell us about your children’s reaction and what they liked most about the book.

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