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Junot Diaz!

There are those stories that you read just to read (perhaps because you don’t have another alternative, since its on your syllabus) but then there are the ones that simply captivate you. I cannot possibly stress how much I have enjoyed reading Junot Diaz’ “Drown.” His style of writing is very unique, probably different than what I have ever read before, but “different” has never felt so good :)!!!

So what makes Junot Diaz so unique, well besides how bluntly honest he is, he also shifts into 10 stories in just one book. He brings his different characters alive to us, shifting them from joy to frustration, from anger to release.

I love that although the book is written in English, there are words that are written in Spanish. Now, I must emphasize that these words aren’t just regular words, they are words that are very symbolic in the Latino community.”Barrio,” “Malecon,” “Negocio.” There are words that represent us.The story would not have had the same affect if Juno would of chosen it to have been written completely in English.  Not only does he show how close he is to his roots but he wants to takes us, his readers, on a powerful and cultural journey. The fact is, you don’t have to be Hispanic, or have  to have been to “Santo Domingo” to enjoy this book, you could be of any nationality, and the book will take you to your old roots. To the traditions your mom, dad, and grandparents inserted in you. To the cool “Slang” words ypu

Another aspect of this story that stood out for me was the amount of imagery Diaz uses in his sentences. He is very cautious and precise in structuring them, making sure each one flows perfectly. “Rafa and I stayed with our tios, in a small wooden house just outside Ocoa; rosebushes blazed around the yard like compass points and the mango trees spread out deep blankets of shade where we could rest and play dominos- ” Imagery makes this story even more capturing because  there are many authors that  have a style of writing that is very “straight forward” and direct. This of course makes everything flow a lot faster but I personally become completely captivated when I can read about delicious mangos  hanging from the “mango tree.”

Dedicatory: Thank you Professor Gross, for introducing me to an amazing 208 pages of creative literature. & Thank you Juno Diaz for taking me back to my roots.

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~ by Jessica Ruiz on December 2, 2010.

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