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Plaza Familia Online Book Club | June Books {week 3}

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Written by Maybelline

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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Maybelline nació y creció en Maracaibo, Venezuela, donde se
graduó con honores en Comunicación Social. Vive en la Florida con su esposo y su hijo de 2 años. Es la editora del blog NaturalmenteMama.Com donde escribe sobre vida verde y natural.

  • Carmen

    This sounds like a very interesting book, I come from a Latin American country and I have a daughter who I bet will enjoy this book a lot, she is still a little young for it but I´ll buy it and keep it so I can give it to her in a couple of years, I always try to pass my family´s traditions to her cause is very important and the language as well, and it has worked very well.

  • Ezzy Guerrero-Languzzi

    Hi Maybelline, this second reading has been a much richer experience than the first. Chapter three was really difficult to read. And those cane fields! I got the goosebumps. 

    Here I leave you my thoughts on chapter 3 and 4. Sorry I’m late. :-)