Drown

Drown

Book - 1997
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Stories set in the Dominican Republic and in New Jersey. In Ysrael, a boy is disfigured by a pig, No Face is on his trip to America to undergo plastic surgery, and How to Date is on the art of dating interracially.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1997.
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781573226066
1573226068
Branch Call Number: FIC DIAZ, JUNOT
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 21 cm.

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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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mr_moa thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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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