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Drown by: Junot Diaz

Drown was recommended to me by my 9th grade english teacher to read over the summer. I loved this book. It's about a dominican boy and his life from the island of Dominican Republic to the live city of Newark, New Jersey. As a Dominican I related to the book and enjoyed...
Drown was recommended to me by my 9th grade english teacher to read over the summer. I loved this book. It's about a dominican boy and his life from the island of Dominican Republic to the live city of Newark, New Jersey. As a Dominican I related to the book and enjoyed it. I dont like reading and I read this in a week.

posted by manny_ya_digg21 on March 30, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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Drown is a collection of ten short stories loosely connected by the theme of adolescent boys to young adults in rough neighborhoods of both the Dominican Republic and Dominican barrios in New Jersey. These characters have the common struggle of facing the poverty in the...
Drown is a collection of ten short stories loosely connected by the theme of adolescent boys to young adults in rough neighborhoods of both the Dominican Republic and Dominican barrios in New Jersey. These characters have the common struggle of facing the poverty in their life that leads to drugs, violence and pitiless crimes. The characters Diaz portrays make no excuses for themselves and don¿t wallow in self pity. The world they live in is all they have ever known, and they all live in the moment. I think the title of the book suggests that the characters¿ childhood purity is being drowned out as they are forced into the cold reality of adulthood. Diaz writes his stories off of life experiences which create a realistic yet raw view into the lives of his characters. He speaks the plain truth and uses Hispanic slang to display the culture of the book. These stories are somewhat crude and intended towards a mature audience. this isn't the genre of book I would normally read, although I enjoyed how Diaz told it like it is and used hispanic culture to give the stories personality. I would recommend this collection to those who like short stories, and who would like some insight on the rough lives of Dominican immagrants.

posted by Anonymous on December 19, 2007

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    I was truly disappointed in this effort, especially after reading Oscar Wao.

    Drown by Junot Díaz

    Ten short stories, some about the bleak peripheral existence of Dominicans in the States: drug dealing, stealing, miserable living conditions, and screwing anything with a skirt...

    Other stories about the author's life in Ocoa, Dominican Republic; and the author's struggles of growing up poor in his homeland.

    Perhaps, the best story is "Negocios," about his father's immigration to the US, marrying to get a green card and finally coming back to get his family.

    This is the first book of the Pulitzer Price winner author (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), and it really shows. The prose is poor, the Spanish words are used and not translated, making the book only readable to a bilingual person. I was truly disappointed in this effort, especially after reading Oscar Wao.

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