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What is the significance of the footnotes in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

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The extensive use of footnotes in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is certainly one of the more unusual parts of the narrative. In a 2008 interview, author Junot Diaz explained why he included these footnotes as part of the storytelling. Diaz says that the footnotes serve as a second narrational voice used to contest the main voice of the story in order to remind the reader that a story can not be fully understood if it is heard from just a single source. This is a complex achievement in this book considering that the narrator of both the main text and the footnotes is the character of Yunior. This shows that even a single character can have multiple viewpoints. Yunior continues his...

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