I just finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It was a pretty amazing read, wise and funny. Diaz's writing just leaps off the page.
It's our departmental book club book this month, and I'm sure the question we'll be asking ourselves is whether it's teachable. We have a pretty liberal policy at our school, and I'm sure the kids would love this book. There's plenty to analyze in it, plus a lot that we could learn about world cultures. But it's also raunchy at times. Very questionable.
Probably a no. But on the English Teachers Ning, teachers are talking about success teaching it... hmmm...
Either way, a great read.
2 years ago