The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Yunior (The Narrator) Character Analysis

The novel’s narrator as well as a character in its plot, Yunior starts as Oscar’s college roommate and reluctantly becomes his best friend. Yunior initially tries to help Oscar as a way to impress Lola, whom he would like to date. Though Lola and Yunior eventually break up due to Yunior’s inability to stay faithful, Yunior remains obsessed with the entire de León family. He writes the novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” to both memorialize Oscar’s life and come to terms with the Dominican heritage that links them both. Also a writer, Yunior acts as a semi auto-biographical character for author Junot Díaz.

Yunior (The Narrator) Quotes in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao quotes below are all either spoken by Yunior (The Narrator) or refer to Yunior (The Narrator). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 1, Preface Quotes

For those of you who missed your mandatory two seconds of Dominican history: Trujillo, one of the twentieth century’s most infamous dictators, ruled the Dominican Republic between 1930 and 1961 with an implacable ruthless brutality… At first glance, he was just your prototypical Latin American caudillo, but his power was terminal in ways that few historians or writers have ever truly captured or, I would argue, imagined. He was our Sauron, our Arawn, our Darkseid, our Once and Future Dictator, a personaje so outlandish, so perverse, so dreadful that not even a sci-fi writer could have made his ass up.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Trujillo
Page Number: 2
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It's perfectly fine if you don’t believe in these "superstitions." In fact, it's better than fine—it's perfect. Because no matter what you believe, fukú believes in you.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Mongoose and the Man with No Face
Page Number: 5
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Book 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U.S. ghetto. Mamma mia! Like having bat wings or a pair of tentacles growing out of your chest.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Oscar de León (Oscar Wao)
Page Number: 22
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Jesus Christ, he whispered. I'm a Morlock. The next day at breakfast he asked his mother: Am I ugly? She sighed. Well, hijo, you certainly don’t take after me. Dominican parents! You got to love them!

Related Characters: Oscar de León (Oscar Wao) (speaker), Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral (speaker)
Page Number: 30
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The white kids looked at his black skin and his afro and treated him with inhuman cheeriness. The kids of color, upon hearing him speak and seeing him move his body, shook their heads. You’re not Dominican. And he said, over and over again, But I am. Soy dominicano. Dominicano soy.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Oscar de León (Oscar Wao)
Related Symbols: Blackness
Page Number: 49
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Book 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

a girl so tall your leg bones ached just looking at her
so dark it was as if the Creatrix had, in her making, blinked
who, like her yet-to-be-born daughter, would come to exhibit a particularly Jersey malaise—the inextinguishable longing for elsewhere.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral
Related Symbols: Blackness
Page Number: 77
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Pujols, it seems, had promised Belicia that they would be married as soon as they'd both finished high school, and Beli had believed him, hook, line, and sinker. Hard to square her credulity with the hardnosed no-nonsense femme-matador I'd come to know, but one must remember: she was young and in love. Talk about fantasist: the girl sincerely believed that Jack would be true.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral, Jack Pujols
Page Number: 101
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…you could argue that the Gangster adored our girl and that adoration was one of the greatest gifts anybody had ever given her. It felt unbelievably good to Beli, shook her to her core. (For the first time I actually felt like I owned my skin, like it was me and I was it.)

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral (speaker), The Gangster
Related Symbols: Blackness
Page Number: 127
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All those people have families, you can tell by their faces, they have families that depend on them and that they depend on, and for some of them this is good, and for some of them this is bad. But it all amounts to the same shit because there isn’t one of them who is free. They can’t do what they want to do or be who they should be. I might have no one in the world, but at least I'm free. She had never heard anyone say those words. I’m free wasn’t a popular refrain in the Era of Trujillo.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), The Gangster (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral
Page Number: 134
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Don’t laugh, mi negrita, for your world is about to be changed. Utterly. Yes: a terrible beauty is etc., etc. Take it from me. You laugh because you've been ransacked to the limit of your soul, because your lover betrayed you almost unto death, because your first son was neverborn. You laugh because you have no front teeth and you've sworn never to smile again.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral
Page Number: 160
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Book 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

“Wondering aloud, If we were orcs, wouldn’t we, at a racial level, imagine ourselves to look like elves?”

Related Characters: Oscar de León (Oscar Wao) (speaker), Yunior (The Narrator)
Page Number: 178
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These days I have to ask myself; What made me angrier? That Oscar, the fat loser, quit, or that Oscar, the fat loser, defied me? And I wonder: What hurt him more? That I was never really his friend, or that I pretended to be?

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Oscar de León (Oscar Wao)
Page Number: 181
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A heart like mine, which never got any kind of affection growing up, is terrible above all things.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker)
Page Number: 184
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Book 2, Chapter 5 Quotes

The only answer I can give you is the least satisfying: you'll have to decide for yourself. What's certain is that nothing’s certain. We are trawling in silences here.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Abelard Cabral
Related Symbols: Páginas en blanco (Blank pages)
Page Number: 243
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That's the kind of culture I belong to: people took their child's black complexion as an ill omen.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral
Related Symbols: Blackness
Page Number: 248
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In fact, I believe that, barring a couple of key moments, Beli never thought about that life again. Embraced the amnesia that was so common throughout the Islands, five parts denial, five parts negative hallucination. Embraced the power of the Untilles. And from it forged herself anew.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Beli (Hypatia Belicia) Cabral
Related Symbols: Páginas en blanco (Blank pages)
Page Number: 259
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Book 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

Oscar remembers having a dream where a mongoose was chatting with him. Except the mongoose was the Mongoose. What will it be, muchacho? it demanded. More or less? And for a moment he almost said less. So tired, and so much pain – Less! Less! Less! – but then in the back of his head he remembered his family... More, he croaked. --- --- --- said the Mongoose, and then the wind swept him back into darkness.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Oscar de León (Oscar Wao)
Related Symbols: The Mongoose and the Man with No Face
Page Number: 301
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He read The Lord of the Rings for what I'm estimating the millionth time, one of his greatest loves and greatest comforts since he'd first discovered it, back when he was nine and lost and lonely and his favorite librarian had said, Here, try this, and with one suggestion changed his life. Got through almost the whole trilogy, but then the line "and out of Far Harad black men like halftrolls" and he had to stop, his head and heart hurting too much.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Oscar de León (Oscar Wao)
Related Symbols: Blackness
Page Number: 307
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Book 3, Chapter 8 Quotes

On one of our last nights as novios (boyfriend and girlfriend) she said, Ten million Trujillos is all we are.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Lola de León (speaker), Trujillo (speaker)
Page Number: 324
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Book 3, Epilogue Quotes

Behold the girl: the beautiful muchachita: Lola's daughter. Dark and blindingly fast: in her great-grandmother La Inca’s words: una jurona. Could have been my daughter if I'd been smart, if I'd been ---. Makes her no less precious. She climbs trees, she rubs her butt against doorjambs, she practices malapalabras when she thinks nobody is listening. Speaks Spanish and English. Neither Captain Marvel nor Billy Batson, but the lightning.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), La Inca, Isis
Related Symbols: The Mongoose and the Man with No Face
Page Number: 329
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If she's her family's daughter—as I suspect she is—one day she will stop being afraid and she will come looking for answers. Not now, but soon. One day when I'm least expecting, there will be a knock at my door.

Related Characters: Yunior (The Narrator) (speaker), Isis
Page Number: 330
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Yunior (The Narrator) Character Timeline in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The timeline below shows where the character Yunior (The Narrator) appears in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Preface
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The book begins as the narrator describes the arrival of “fukú americanus” in the Western Hemisphere. Known by many other names... (full context)
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The narrator speculates further about the fukú, now calling it the “Great American Doom.” He says that... (full context)
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According to the narrator , every Dominican family has a personal fukú story. He says that he received a... (full context)
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Aside from telling a fukú story, the narrator also wants to tell a story of zafa. The only way to protect yourself from... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 1: Ghetto Nerd at the End of the World (1974-1987)
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The Golden Age. The narrator begins by describing Oscar de León. From Oscar’s childhood, it was clear that he would... (full context)
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In high school, Oscar dives deeper into his love of genre. The narrator describes in great detail all the books and movies that Oscar devotes his time to,... (full context)
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The narrator now introduces Oscar’s sister, Lola, as a fiercely independent and wickedly smart “dominicana.” She refuses... (full context)
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...if he wants a chance with her, telling him to “bust out some crunches, Mister.” The narrator reveals that Lola wanted her pet name for Oscar, “Mister,” to be on Oscar’s tombstone,... (full context)
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...learn more about Ana, especially the physical abuse she suffered in her relationship with Manny. The narrator , however, does not focus on this new emotional intimacy and instead asks the reader... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 3: The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral (1955-1962)
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Look at the Princess. The narrator returns again, going further back in the family timeline to tell the story of Oscar... (full context)
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...with her aunt La Inca in Baní, one of the poorer neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. The narrator distinguishes the peaceful Baní in the 1950s from the frenzied Baní of today, but explains... (full context)
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...Beli has an unquenchable thirst for change, constantly straining against the bounds of her life. The narrator says that Beli would have felt like that no matter where she grew up, and... (full context)
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...overreacting to the smallest insults until no one will so much as speak to her. The narrator compares her experience to the famous Dominican movie “In the Time of the Butterflies,” saying... (full context)
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...that Jack Pujols will whisk her off to France, like the romance actress María Montez. The narrator explains that romance movies were common in the Dominican Republic while Beli was growing up,... (full context)
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...elite Dominican family that is in Trujillo’s inner circle. Jack is nearly white skinned, and the narrator explains that he is an entitled brat who will eventually work with Balaguer, Trujillo’s right-hand... (full context)
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...is completely invisible to Jack Pujols until she matures into her adult body, an experience the narrator calls the “Summer of Her Secondary Sex Characteristics.” She blossoms into a “terrible beauty” with... (full context)
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...worse than the administration itself. Beli tells them all that their concerns are ridiculous, and the narrator reveals that Arquimedes indeed survives all of the disastrous events to come. That February, one... (full context)
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...loses herself in dancing. All night, a powerful man watches her from the corner, and the narrator tells us that this man will steal Beli’s heart and send her to America. Their... (full context)
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...All Been Waiting For. It’s unclear how much Beli knew of the Gangster’s work, but the narrator tells us that he was one of Trujillo’s best spies and hit men. Born into... (full context)
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...falls apart, Beli and the Gangster have one last vacation in Samaná. In a footnote, the narrator reveals that the vacation was not necessarily in Samaná, but that it fit the story... (full context)
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The thugs leave Beli for dead, but the narrator says that, in the strangest part of his tale, a Mongoose appears to save the... (full context)
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...to life. The DR is reeling from the upheaval of Trujillo’s death, a situation that the narrator compares to the defeat of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. La Inca knows... (full context)
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...sixteen when she gets on the plane, but she is already bitterly disappointed with life. The narrator describes the harsh life awaiting Beli as a factory worker in New York. He also... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Sentimental Education (1988-1992)
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The book returns to “present day” as the narrator finally starts to speak about himself, describing a fukú experience of his own. During his... (full context)
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...to get Lola to date him during their freshman year, and finally reveals his name: Yunior. Yunior and Lola do sleep together, but Lola has a boyfriend at the time and... (full context)
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Despite Yunior’s disappointment that Lola will not sleep with him, he still “steps up” to take care... (full context)
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As Yunior gets to know Oscar, he finds it hard to believe that he and Lola are... (full context)
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The first month that the two boys room together, Yunior has little to do with Oscar, agreeing that he is a better roommate than he... (full context)
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While Yunior and Oscar room together, Yunior tries to give Oscar some advice on how to get... (full context)
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...by these reactions to his attempts to better himself, Oscar decides to quit. He tells Yunior, “I will run no more,” and “I’d rather not,” when Yunior continues to badger him... (full context)
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Now that Yunior and Oscar are no longer even friendly, much less friends, Yunior’s “cool” friends start to... (full context)
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Yunior says that his contact with Oscar should have ended that year, except that Oscar decided... (full context)
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...his friendship with Jenni, and he even starts running again as he feels more confident. Yunior admits that he should have been happy for Oscar, and that he had no room... (full context)
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...a new boy are hooking up. He freaks out and starts trashing her books, until Yunior overhears the noise and drags Oscar out of the room before he hurts someone. Oscar... (full context)
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With Yunior gone for their last night at Rutgers, Oscar drinks more and then walks to the... (full context)
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Yunior hopes to make up with Lola at the hospital while they wait for Oscar to... (full context)
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Yunior visits Oscar just once that summer, really hoping to see Lola. She is supremely unhappy... (full context)
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After the summer, Yunior returns to Rutgers expecting to never see Oscar or Lola again. However, Oscar shows up... (full context)
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Near Christmas, Yunior runs into Lola while riding the bus, and she tells him that she will be... (full context)
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Yunior indulges himself with a memory of Lola, wondering why her face sticks with him after... (full context)
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Yunior goes back to reading Oscar’s journal, finding out that he has started driving around aimlessly... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 5: Poor Abelard (1944-1946)
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The Famous Doctor. Yunior takes over the narration again, offering yet another possible start to the sad tale of... (full context)
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...oldest daughter Jacquelyn blossoms into a beauty who might dangerously capture Trujillo’s attention. According to Yunior, one of Trujillo’s most “Dominican” qualities was that he believed all beautiful women on the... (full context)
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...danger she is in and blissfully studies French with her father and their Haitian servant. Yunior compares the Cabral women to Hobbits, blissfully unaware of Sauron. Jackie starts each morning by... (full context)
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Santo Domingo Confidential. Yunior compares living in Santo Domingo during Trujillo’s regime to a “Twilight Zone” episode. Each citizen... (full context)
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Despite the intense fear that Trujillo inspired, Yunior reminds us that there were people who resisted. Abelard, however, has no designs for revolution... (full context)
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Abelard starts drinking to cope with the stress of Trujillo’s invitation. Yunior speculates that other Latin American revolutionaries might have overthrown Trujillo then and there, but that... (full context)
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In My Humble Opinion. Yunior interjects to say that he thinks this story is completely false, but that it still... (full context)
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...predictable life. Yet two weeks later (and two weeks after the US bombed Japan, as Yunior informs us), Socorro dreams of the man with no face standing over her husband, and... (full context)
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...him leave a note for his wife and family. At first, the Secret Police (who Yunior calls “SIMians,” despite admitting that this nickname doesn’t actually fit the time period) are polite... (full context)
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...can. After the visit, Socorro realizes she is pregnant with their third and final daughter. Yunior asks whether this is a sign of fukú (curse) or zafa (blessing). (full context)
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...on the whole family when Abelard denied access to his daughter, causing the whole mess. Yunior remains agnostic, telling us to decide for ourselves what to believe because there are no... (full context)
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...angered Trujillo enough to arrest Abelard and destroy every book he ever wrote or owned. Yunior explains that this version of Abelard’s fall was Oscar’s personal favorite, as it is closest... (full context)
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...1946. All of Abelard’s possession are distributed to Trujillo’s minions, including to Marcus – as Yunior reveals that Marcus was one of the men who helped accuse Abelard of slander, even... (full context)
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...(except for Beli), languishing in a Dominican death camp for 14 years before he died. Yunior refuses to tell us more of Abelard’s experiences, to spare us the pain. Abelard was... (full context)
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The Third and Final Daughter. Yunior now circles back to Beli’s fate in all of this madness. Beli was left with... (full context)
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Yunior describes Outer Azua, the neighborhood that Beli now lives in, as the biggest wasteland and... (full context)
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...of the nine years she spent in Outer Azua, preferring to start anew in Baní. Yunior suspects that she never thought about that life at all, embracing the “amnesia” of the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 6: Land of the Lost (1992-1995)
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...doing very well either. Lola gave up on Japan to move to New York with Yunior, Oscar’s mother is still working too hard, and his uncle Rodolfo has started using heroin... (full context)
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...Washington Heights. Lola had gotten pregnant, but had an abortion when she found out that Yunior was cheating on her. Oscar keeps Lola company and starts to plan a science-fiction fantasy... (full context)
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...spirits; his latest diet has worked and he is excited to return to the island. Yunior praises the virtues of summer in Santo Domingo (that extend to everyone but the poor... (full context)
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A Note from Your Author. Yunior breaks in to address the fact that Ybón is not the stereotypical underage, drug-addicted prostitute.... (full context)
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What Never Changes. Yunior breaks in to ask whether, in all the talking, Oscar ever had a chance to... (full context)
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Oscar Gets Beat. In mid-August, Oscar meets the Capitán and gets his first kiss. Yunior then steps back to explain how this all happened. Oscar follows Clives’ taxi home from... (full context)
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...she and the Capitán were broken up. The Capitán grabs Oscar by the throat, and Yunior says that a more handsome man would have been shot on the spot. Instead, the... (full context)
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The two police officers, whom Yunior calls Solomon Grundy and Gorilla Grod, start to drive Oscar to the cane fields. They... (full context)
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...Oscar that they can never see each other again, and that she and the Capitán (Yunior blurs out his real name here) are getting married. Oscar finally agrees to go home... (full context)
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...at the airport, crying when she sees the damage all over Oscar’s face. She tells Yunior what happened, and Yunior calls Oscar. Oscar ignores Yunior’s questions about the beating, too full... (full context)
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Some Advice. Yunior extends Ybón’s advice to the whole world. Travel light. (full context)
Book 3, Preface
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Yunior brings us to January after Oscar returns from his beating in the Dominican Republic, as... (full context)
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Oscar comes to see Yunior, still recovering but doing much better. Oscar tells Yunior that he will be returning to... (full context)
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Oscar gets to the main reason for his visit: he needs to borrow money from Yunior. Oscar tells Yunior that he needs enough for a security deposit for an apartment in... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 7: The Final Voyage
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...says that he can’t, and that he truly isn’t trying to get himself killed. Even Yunior flies down at Lola’s request, but nothing can convince Oscar to leave. (full context)
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...Oscar writes almost 300 pages during the 27 days he waits for Ybón. He tells Yunior to wait and see what he has found out. But on the 27th day, the... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 8: The End of the Story
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Yunior tells us that this is pretty much it for his story. He, Beli and Lola... (full context)
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...to Baní. Lola swears that she will never go back to the Dominican Republic, telling Yunior shortly before they break up that “Ten million Trujillos is all we are.” (full context)
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As For Us. Yunior wishes that Oscar’s death had brought him and Lola closer together, but he is too... (full context)
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On a Super Final Note. Even years later, Yunior still dreams about Oscar. At first, the dreams place him and Oscar back at Rutgers,... (full context)
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The Dreams. Ten years after Oscar’s death, Yunior finally decides to get his act together and find himself again. He tells Oscar “OK,... (full context)
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As For Me. Now, Yunior lives in New Jersey and teaches a writing course at Middlesex Community College. It isn’t... (full context)
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As For Us. Yunior stays in touch with Lola, as Lola moved back to Paterson with her husband and... (full context)
Book 3, Epilogue
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Yunior says there are a few final things to deal with before his “cosmic duty” as... (full context)
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Despite all the precautions that Lola has taken, Yunior knows that Isis will eventually encounter fukú in the world and dream of the man... (full context)
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Yet, on Yunior’s bad days, he is less hopeful that Isis will be able to overcome her family’s... (full context)
Book 3: The Final Letter
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...few posted letters and a few breezy postcards home before he died. In one to Yunior, Oscar calls Yunior “Count Fenris.” In one to Lola, he calls her “My Dear Bene... (full context)