Junot Díaz

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The Pool

As the title would suggest, “Drown” uses water to symbolize how the pleasures of Yunior’s youth—including swimming—contribute to a growing sense of confinement as he ages. Yunior’s narrative revolves around his neighborhood pool, which…

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 “Drown” is a story in which characters rarely talk to one another about the things that matter most. Instead of talking directly about important subjects, they watch television together and remain in silence. Television, then…

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