Drown

  • by Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With 10 stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery. He evokes a world in which fathers are gone, mothers fight with grim determination for their families and themselves, and the next generation inherits the casual cruelty, devastating ambivalence, and knowing humor of lives circumscribed by poverty and uncertainty. In Drown, Diaz has harnessed the rhythms of anger and release, frustration and joy, to indelible effect.

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What the Critics Say

"Keep your eye on Diaz." (Booklist)
"[A] stunning collection of stories...by an eloquent and original writer." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Customer Reviews

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True Story?

This book details the trials and tribulations of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Life is never easy, and they just barely manage to keep noses above water. It also characterizes really terrible behavior of men to their women. The culture they bring with them is truly misogynous; it will not be enjoyable for women to read.
There does not seem to be any plot, other than that of daily survival.
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- Andre

Latino literature at its best!

the collection of short stories can be viewed as an overall story of the narrator in different time periods OR short stories that intertwine with each other in a context of living in a Dominican community. Junot's use of not translating or even italicizing the Spanish words is referenced in the beginning quote from Gustavo Perez Firmat. If you are monolingual and are interested in the US Latino experience, Diaz poignantly gives you an East Coast view. Be sure to have google translator handy if you want to get a better understanding of the Spanish words used in the stories. This is what makes Latino literature unique!!!!
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- Absinthe "Commuter with lots of time to listen to audiobooks to keep from road ragin'. Not that I would ever endorse or have been guilty of road rage."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio