Between harsh life struggles, each of us needs some sort of fun. We turn to fun in right places, in wrong places, and that strange ambivalent place too. In “Drown,” by Junot Diaz the story begins by telling of Yunior’s childhood, ending it with a description of Yunior’s father’s confusing life, a life that brought seemingly little success to the immigrant. He was caught between the dream and reality.
People enter and exit Yunior’s life like people enter and exit every person’s life. Yunior is similar to many protagonists in that there is a powerful sense of conscience in his first person accounts. He, like his father, understands temptation: what it feels like, what it is to submit to it, and even what it is to resist it. He has sexual encounters of variety and needs to better understand them if he is really going to improve his well-being in a general way, but yet he seems afraid to delve deeply into his thoughts.
Ramon, Yunior’s father, flies south to pick up his family once his more recent family turns sour, a move familiar to those who’ve known Ramon for a long time. He is always running from something.
This book should be read by people who have experienced the acidic side of temptation. In short, read it if you are human.
A preview of the book can be found on Google Books.