Drown

Drown

Book - 1996
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"This stunning collection of stories offers an unsentimental glimpse of life among the immigrants from the Dominican Republic-and other front-line reports on the ambivalent promise of the American dream-by an eloquent and original writer who describes more than physical dislocation in conveying the price that is paid forleaving culture and homeland behind."--San Francisco Chronicle. Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings-Santa Domingo, Dominican. Neuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor, intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness. And this is just the beginning. Diaz is going to be a giant of American prose.-Francisco Goldman. Ever since Diaz began publishing short stories in venues as prestigious as The New Yorker, he has been touted as a major new talent, and his debut collection affirms this claim. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Diaz uses the contrast between his island homeland and life in New York City and New Jersey as a fulcrum for his trenchant tales. His young male narrators are teetering into precarious adolescence. For these sons of harsh or absent fathers and bone-weary, stoic mothers, life is an unrelenting hustle. In Santo Domingo, they are sent to stay with relatives when the food runs out at home; in the States, shoplifting and drugdealing supply material necessities and a bit ofa thrill in an otherwise exhausting and frustrating existence. There is little affection, sex is destructive, conversation strained, and even the brilliant beauty of a sunset is tainted, its colors the product of pollutants. Keep your eye on Diaz; his first novel is on the way.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [1996]
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781573226066
1573226068
Branch Call Number: F Dia

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Here is a collection of interconnected short stories that is gorgeous. The language is lush. The settings are vibrant. The characters are enthralling. Each story is this collection is brought to life with a barrage of delicately chosen words. Junot Díaz's Drown is a tense, yet lyrical collection which forces a reader pause from time to time in admiration.
The best stories in this collection are the first two and the last three. This worked great for this book as it pulled me in quickly and left me satisfied at its conclusion.
Drown is a wonderful debut. Unfortunately, this makes its brevity all the more disappointing. For all their beauty and intrigue, I was unable to fall in love with any character. Every time I felt I began to feel rooted in one place, I was ripped away and taken five years in the future to another location. Perhaps this is partially the author's intent--to give the reader a taste of these character's hectic lives. But in the end, I know, the richness of the language will stick with me longer than any of these stories will.

maidi12 Feb 22, 2015

AT THE END OF IT ALL, LOVE CONQUERED THE OLD MAN'S HEART! HOME SWEET HOME IN THIS LITERATURE! GREAT STORY! I GIVE IT THUMBS UP! I HAVE BEEN AMAZED AT THE SORT OF LITERATURE THIS AUTHOR HAS. VERY INSPIRING ALTHOUGH SAD BUT I HOPE READERS HAVE A CHANGE OF HEARTS WHEN READING THIS BOOK! ALL FOR THE SAKE OF TRUE LOVE THAT BROUGHT OLD POP'S BACK HOME ... WHERE HE BELONGS :D LOVED THIS BOOK! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS IT IS THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WOA. JUNOT DIAZ HAS GIVEN ME A RUSH OF PUSH IN CHANGING MY OWN MAJOR AT A 4 YR COLLEGE IN WANTING TO BECOME A WRITER MYSELF FOR I TOO HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF OPENING UP I AM SO EAGER TO OPEN UP TO THAT THE WORLD CANNOT HEAR NOR LISTEN IF IT'S NOT WRITTEN IN BOOKS :D GREAT JOB ! MR. DIAZ :D

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tocch101
Feb 10, 2014

Not as engaging as "This is how you lose her" but still a good read with an interesting perspective. The characters are deeply flawed, yet real people.

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SergioM
Jul 18, 2016

"It was a lucid enjoyable night that would stick out in his memory like a spike. He swaggered home around one o' clock, bearing a plastic bag loaded with food and a loaf of telera under his arm."

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.

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Jul 05, 2014

We The Animals by Justin Torres is a very engaging novel with complex but nonetheless intriguing language. Torres’ writing style works perfectly with the complicated plot. Throughout the novel, his clever use of rhetoric devices functions to make the story flow and appeal to the reader. It is about 3 brothers who grow up in a bad family dynamic and have to overcome all the struggles. Each brother is different in their own special way and they each have to find a way to survive their upbringing in the best way they know how.

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