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Drown ebook

by Junot Diaz


The stories are set in the context of 1980s America, and are narrated by an adult who is looking back at his childhood. Drown was published by Riverhead Books in 1996.

Junot Diaz is the author, Drown is the book. The best story is the last and longest, but only because of what went before.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. From the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family’s journey through the New World. A coming-of-age story of unparalleled power.

Junot Díaz’s stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings – Santa Domingo, Dominican .

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. Díaz is going to be a giant of American prose. Ever since Diaz began publishing short stories in venues as prestigious as The New Yorker, he has been touted as a major new.

I bang on the front door and Wayne hits the back and I can hear our double drum shaking the windows. Right then I have this feeling that someone is inside, laughing at u. his guy better have a good. excuse, Wayne says, lumbering around the newly planted rosebushes. You’re telling me, I say but Wayne’s the one who takes this job too seriously. He pounds some more on the door, his face jiggling. A couple of times he raps on the windows, tries squinting through the curtains

Mami shipped me and Rafa out to the campo every summer.

A graduate of Rutgers College, Junot Diaz is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd.

Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was published in 2007 to international acclaim and won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

A stark, unsentimental read. These stories are fresh, direct and utterly convincing.

A collection of eleven stories by a young writer evoke his hard-fought youth in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and the bleak urban landscapes of New Jersey, combining a journalist's dispassionate eye with an ear for poetry. A first collection.
Anarus
This was the last book that I read from Junot and I continue to value his approach of being blunt and honest in his creation of his characters. The story is easy to follow, especially if you are from any Latin background because the writing in this is one of familiarity. If you are or were low-income and immigrated to the U.S. or had parents who did or knew people who did, you know the struggle of living within a lifestyle where you are forced to find happiness among hidden sorrow around you, and stay out of trouble once you get to an older age, depending on what type of area you lived in. This story speaks to some of those struggles and coming to age with those realities present.
Faezahn
I listened to Junot Diaz's short story collection on four CDs at the gym. Every story is rich with detail and insight about the immigration experience especially an immigrant from Dominican Republic. The thirteen stories here seem quite similar about the immigration experience. I don't know if they were supposed to intertwine or work independently.

The characters are well developed in style and writing. You can hear the frustration in coming to a new country and speaking another language. Junot Diaz has perfectly captured the soul and heart of the Dominican experience in America particularly in New Jersey and New York City. I am familiar with the author's landscape in geography.

I can see this short story collection served as a springboard in writing his masterpiece, "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao." This collection is a must read for his fans
Thetath
I appreciate Mr. Diaz's style of writing and even more so, deliberating upon which stories were connected. I feel more were connected then not.

Some reviews have made this a concern, mentioning sloppy transitions and unknown correlations, but I think this the beauty of the novel....you decide which stories are related.

It's clear several short stories are intertwined, I will leave with you with the pleasure of discovering which ones for yourself. As displayed in his other works, a story is often left without resolution or conclusion, which is part of the beauty of his writing.
Kazracage
This was a sad tale of a boy who grew up in the Dominican Republic without a father, who was torn between two families, one he tried to abandon in his homeland and a second he began while working as an immigrant in America. Both father and son struggled to survive lives rife with hardship and poverty along with a varied cast of characters. Ironically, the son’s daily and romantic exploits echoed those of his “deadbeat” father. The characters and plot were darkly humorous and entertaining enough to make me want to keep reading to learn what happened to them, but I didn’t care for the ending, which didn’t contain much of a resolution or message.
Nkeiy
I do like short story collections and this is one of the better ones I've read. The stories are connected in some way to a family that has its roots in the Dominican Republic and the remainder in the US. I enjoy the use of multiple voices that is used here. The author made these stories memorable and unflinchingly real. Excellent
RuTGamer
I was the only member of my book club to thoroughly enjoy this book (I like to think it's because I'm the smartest haha) Diaz's writing style itself is crisp, clean, witty, humorous and hits a nerve. I will definitely be reading more of his works.

Contrary to some of the criticisms I encountered, I found the flow of the book to be just challenging enough to be intriguing, rather than frustrating. (And I'm the type of person who gets irritated at movies like Inception and The Matrix). Having been born a middle class white American female, I have little relation demographically to Dominican immigrants; however, every story resonated with me in respect to various phases of my life. I have felt that magnetic, toxic pull to a mate who was terrible for me. I've dealt with abandonment issues. These emotions are not even remotely contrived. Despite such a specific setting, Drown explores so many universal themes that every reader - lest he/she is devoid of any emotion - will encounter some aspect of this book with which to connect.
Malalrajas
This is an extraordinary collection by an extraordinary writer, about young Dominican men drowning in an over masculinized society. My four favorites are "Ysrael," "Drown," "Edison, New Jersey," and "Negocios." They are woven together with Joycean delight in the language: "Pato" is the Dominican slang for "gay man" and means (literally) "duck." Watch the mother duck swim by in the first page of "Edison . . ." and defuse the term for that tale by providing a model for a mother feeding and leading her ducklings. The writing is beautiful and vigorous.
Díaz has won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for his novel *The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.*
Drown ebook
Author:
Junot Diaz
Category:
Short Stories & Anthologies
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EPUB size:
1877 kb
FB2 size:
1399 kb
DJVU size:
1135 kb
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Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover; First Edition edition (August 8, 1996)
Pages:
208 pages
Rating:
4.1
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