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Boys Ctholic school pcked to the strkes with couple hundred insecure hyperctive dolescents it ws for ft scifireding nerd like Oscr source of endless nguish

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


High school was Don Bosco Tech, and since Don Bosco Tech was an urban all-boys Catholic school packed to the strakes with a couple hundred insecure hyperactive adolescents, it was, for a fat sci-fi-reading nerd like Oscar, a source of endless anguish. For Oscar, high school was the equivalent of a medieval spectacle, like being put in the stocks and forced to endure the peltings and outrages of a mob of deranged half-wits, an experience from which he supposed he should have emerged a better person, but that’s not really what happened — and if there were any lessons to be gleaned from the ordeal of those years he never quite figured out what they were. He walked into school every day like the fat lonely nerdy kid he was, and all he could think about was the day of his manumission, when he would at last be set free from its unending horror. Hey Oscar, are there faggots on Mars? — Hey, Kazoo, catch this. The first time he heard the term moronic inferno he knew exactly where it was located and who were its inhabitants.

Sophomore year Oscar found himself weighing in at a whopping 245 (260 when he was depressed, which was often) and it had become clear to everybody, especially his family, that he’d become the neighborhood pariguayo.↓

≡ The pejorative parigiuayo, Watchers agree, is a corruption of the English neologism ‘party watcher’. The word came into common usage during the First American Occupation of the DR, which ran from 1916 to 1924. (You didn’t know we were occupied twice in the twentieth century? Don’t worry, when you have kids they won’t know the U.S. occupied Iraq either.) During the First Occupation it was reported that members of the American Occupying Forces would often attend Dominican parties but instead of joining in the fun the Outlanders would simply stand at the edge of dances and watch. Which of course must have seemed like the craziest thing in the world. Who goes to a party to watch? Thereafter, the Marines were pariguayos — a word that in contemporary usage describes anybody who stands outside and watches while other people scoop up the girls. The kid who don’t dance, who ain’t got game, who lets people clown him — he’s the pariguayo. If you looked in the Dictionary of Dominican Things, the entry for parigьayo would include a wood carving of Oscar. It is a name that would haunt him for the rest of his life and that would lead him to another Watcher, the one who lamps on the Blue Side of the Moon.

Had none of the Higher Powers of your typical Dominican male, couldn’t have pulled a girl if his life depended on it. Couldn’t play sports for shit, or dominoes, was beyond uncoordinated, threw a ball like a girl. Had no knack for music or business or dance, no hustle, no rap, no G. And most damning of all: no looks. He wore his semi-kink hair in a Puerto Rican afro, rocked enormous Section 8 glasses — his ‘anti-pussy devices,’ Al and Miggs, his only friends, called them — sported an unappealing trace of mustache on his upper lip and possessed a pair of close-set eyes that made him look somewhat retarded.

Oscar had always been a young nerd — the kind of kid who read Tom Swift, who loved comic books and watched Ultraman — by high school his commitment to the Genres had become absolute. Back when the rest of us were learning to play wallball and pitch quarters and drive our older brothers’ cars and sneak dead soldiers from under our parents’ eyes, he was gorging himself on a steady stream of Lovecraft, Wells, Burroughs, Howard, Alexander, Herbert, Asimov, Bova, and Heinlein, and even the Old Ones who were already beginning to fade — E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith, Stapledon, and the guy who wrote all the Doc Savage books — moving hungrily from book to book, author to author, age to age. (It was his good fortune that the libraries of Paterson were so under funded that they still kept a lot of the previous generation’s nerdery in circulation.) You couldn’t have torn him away from any movie or TV show or cartoon where there were monsters or spaceships or mutants or doomsday devices or destinies or magic or evil villains. In these pursuits alone Oscar showed the genius his grandmother insisted was part of the family patrimony. Could write in Elvish, could speak Chakobsa, could differentiate between a Slan, a Dorsai, and a Lensman in acute detail, knew more about the Marvel Universe than Stan Lee, and was a role-playing game fanatic. (If only he’d been good at videogames it would have been a slam dunk but despite owning an Atari and an Intellivision he didn’t have the reflexes for it.) Perhaps if like me he’d been able to hide his otakuness maybe shit would have been easier for him, but he couldn’t. Dude wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens. Couldn’t have passed for Normal if he’d wanted to.↓

≡ Where this outsized love of genre jumped off from no one quite seems to know. It might have been a consequence of being Antillean (who more sci-fi than us?) or of living in the DR for the first couple of years of his life and then abruptly wrenchingly relocating to New Jersey — a single green card shifting not only worlds (from Third to First) but centuries (from almost no TV or electricity to plenty of both). After a transition like that I’m guessing only the most extreme scenarios could have satisfied.

Maybe it was that in the DR he had watched too much Spider-Man, been taken to too many Run Run Shaw kung fu movies, listened to too many of his abuela’s spooky stories about el Cuco and la Ciguapa? Maybe it was his first librarian in the U.S., who hooked him on reading, the electricity he felt when he touched that first Danny Dunn book? Maybe it was just the zeitgeist (were not the early seventies the dawn of the Nerd Age?) or the fact that for most of his childhood he had absolutely no friends? Or was it something deeper, something ancestral? Who can say? What is clear is that being a reader/fanboy (for lack of a better term) helped him get through the rough days of his youth, but it also made him stick out in the mean streets of Paterson even more than he already did. Victimized by the other boys punches and pushes and wedgies and broken glasses and brand-new books from Scholastic, at a cost of fifty cents each, torn in half before his very eyes. You like books? Now you got two! Har-har! No one, alas, more oppressive than the oppressed. Even his own mother found his preoccupations nutty. Go outside and play! she commanded at least once a day. Pуrtate como un muchacho normal. (Only his sister, a reader too, supporting him. Bringing him books from her own school, which had a better library.) 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.

Pa’ ‘fuera! his mother roared. And out he would go, like a boy condemned, to spend a few hours being tormented by the other boys — Please, I want to stay, he would beg his mother, but she shoved him out — You ain’t a woman to be staying in the house — one hour, two, until finally he could slip back inside unnoticed, hiding himself in the upstairs closet, where he’d read by the slat of light that razored in from the cracked door. Eventually, his mother rooting him out again: What in carajo is the matter with you?

(And already on scraps of paper, in his composition books, on the backs of his hands, he was beginning to scribble, nothing serious for now, just rough facsimiles of his favorite stories, no sign yet that these half-assed pastiches were to be his Destiny.)

Oscar was a social introvert who trembled with fear during gym class and watched nerd British shows like Doctor Who and Blake’s 7,and could tell you the difference between a Veritech fighter and a Zentraedi walker, and he used a lot of huge sounding nerd words like indefatigable and ubiquitous when talking to niggers who would barely graduate from high school.

One of those nerds who was always hiding out in the library, who adored Tolkien and later the Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman novels (his favorite character was of course Raistlin), and who, as the eighties marched on, developed a growing obsession with the End of the World. (No apocalyptic movie or book or game existed that he had not seen or read or played — Wyndham and Christopher and Gamma World were his absolute favorites.) You get the picture. His adolescent nerdliness vaporizing any iota of a chance he had for young love. Everybody else going through the terror and joy of their first crushes, their first dates, their first kisses while Oscar sat in the back of the class, behind his DM’s screen, and watched his adolescence stream by. Sucks to be left out of adolescence, sort of like getting locked in the closet on Venus when the sun appears for the first time in a hundred years. It would have been one thing if like some of the nerd boys I’d grown up with he hadn’t cared about girls, but alas he was still the passionate enamorao who fell in love easily and deeply. He had secret loves all over town, the kind of curly-haired big-bodied girls who wouldn’t have said boo to a loser like him but about whom he could not stop dreaming. His affection — that gravitational mass of love, fear, longing, desire, and lust that he directed at any and every girl in the vicinity without regard to looks, age, or availability — broke his heart each and every day. Despite the fact that he considered it this huge sputtering force, it was actually most like a ghost because no girl ever really seemed to notice it. Occasionally they might shudder or cross their arms when he walked near, but that was about it.

He cried often for his love of some girl or another. Cried in the bathroom, where nobody could hear him.


  1.  moroniс = retarded – розумово відсталий/умственно отсталый
  2.  inferno = hell – пекло/ад
  3.  wondrous – дивний/поразительный
  4.  packed to the strakes – заповнений по вінця/наполненный до краёв
  5.  couple – пара
  6.  nerd – тупица, зануда, ботан
  7.  insecure – небезпечний/опасный
  8.  adolescent – підліток/подросток
  9.  being put in the stocksбути забитим, закутим у колодки/быть закованным в колодки
  10.  anguish – туга, сум
  11.  sci-fi-reading = reading of Science Fiction
  12.  medieval – середньовічний/средневековый
  13.  spectacle – видовище/зрелище, представление
  14.  to endure the peltings – терпіти побої/терпеть побои
  15.  outrages – наруги/издевательства
  16.  mob – натовп/сборище, толпа
  17.  deranged –  божевільний/сумасшедший
  18.  half-wits – недоумки
  19.  emerge – виявлятися/оказываться, появляться
  20.  gleaned from – отримані/ почерпнуті з
  21.  an ordeal – важке випробування/трудное испытание
  22.  figure out  – збагнути, зрозуміти/ понять
  23.  manumission – вільний день, звільнення/освобождение
  24.  at last – нарешті/наконец
  25.  set free – звільнений/освобождённый
  26.  faggots – особа нетрадиційної орієнтації
  27.  inhabitant – житель
  28.  whopping – величезний/колоссальный, огромный
  29.  sophomore  –  студент-другокурсник/второкурсник
  30.  weigh  важити/весить
  31.  Outlander - іноземець, чужоземець/чужеземец
  32.  the Marines — морська піхота/морская пехота
  33.  pejorative – зневажливий/уничижительный
  34.  carving – резьба; резная работа
  35.  haunt  – неотступно преследовать
  36.  for shit=at all –зовсім/ coвсем
  37.  no knack for music – без схильності до музики/без склонности к музыке
  38.  to have no looks – бути непривабливим/непривлекательным
  39.  semi-kink hair – хвилясте волосся/волнистый волос
  40.  unappealing trace of moustache – непривабливий натяк на вуса/некрасивый намёк на усы
  41.  to pitch quarters – підкидати монетки/подкидывать монетки
  42.  to fade – зникати/исчезать
  43.  to be under funded – мати погане фінансування/плохое финансирование
  44.  pursuits – пошук/поиск
  45.  DRDominican Republic
  46.  abruptly & wrenchingly – різко та болісно
  47.  spooky stories – страшні історії
  48.  hooked him on reading – «підсадила на» читання
  49.  to be victimized by – бути тероризованим кимось
  50.  alas – нажаль
  51.  oppressive - гнітючий
  52.  nutty - дивний
  53.  slat of light razored in from the cracked door - промінь світла пробивався крізь потріскані двері
  54.  scraps of paper – клаптики паперу
  55.  scribble – некрасиво писати, «шкрябати»
  56.  facsimiles - копія
  57.  indefatigable – невтомний/
  58.  ubiquitous – всюдисущий/
  59.  to vaporize – розпилювати/
  60.  enamorao – закоханий/ влюблённый
  61.  longing – палке бажання, жага/ страстное желание, жажда
  62.   lust – похіть /похоть
  63.  directed (at ) – спрямований/направленный
  64.  vicinity = neighbourhood – сусідство/соседство
  65.  availability – доступність/доступность
  66.  to sputter force – розсіювати сили/рассеивать силы
  67.  shudder – здригатись/вздрагивать


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