Right now I am reading a book by Junot Diaz called “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” In it, the narrator talks about a curse and in the book he calls it “fuku.” It is set in the Dominican Republic and heavily foot-noted, which is strange for fiction. I’m having a difficult time with it because of the footnotes so I skip over them, which is probably not what I should do as a reader, and certainly not what I should be admitting to doing as an English teacher. In any case, it’s what I’m doing and there’s no way around it.
The book is also about Trujillo, the country’s dictator for 30-odd years. The crimes! The horrors of such a leader! I recommend the book (regardless of the footnotes) but I fear the curse discussed in the book has crept over to my reading. It seems, for the last two nights, I have not been able to sleep much considering each time I close my eyes and drift to sleep, the word “Trujillo” runs through my mind like a train and for the life of me I cannot sleep peacefully. I was so distracted today by the possible fuku of Trujillo that I barely managed to keep my eye on the page thinking that if I read one more day of this book I’ll never fall back to sleep again.
Anyone reading anything good right now? I need a book to look forward to when I’m done with the Diaz book. (Anyone read his other book, “Drown”? Now that is a book worth reading. And without curses.)