For my money, Junot Diaz's , Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is easily one of the best American novels. Junot Diaz’s Aurora is a short story that illustrates a less than perfect relationship between the narrator and his on again-off again, drug addicted girlfriend. Diaz’s use of character throughout the story gives the reader a realistic view into the world of drug abuse. In “Aurora,” a short story published in his collection Drown, Junot Díaz transforms the mythical character into a contemporary woman.


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Aurora by Junot Díaz

Anyone interested in sci-fi, adulthood, Latin-american literature, or book in junot diaz aurora will greatly enjoy this book. Since I originally created this blog to review short fiction, I hope to continue this for as long as possible.


His stories exhibit the same kind of voice and style present in his longer work. As a part-time writer of fiction, this makes sense to me as it maintains a common thread throughout multiple books.

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During her incarceration the couple infrequently corresponded. Moreover, her body shakes because of withdrawal symptoms and the effects of immediately returning junot diaz aurora her inveterate drug abuse. His drug-dealing partner Cut warns him about Aurora: When they make love, he worries about her appearance.

Drug dealers experience a similar fear of American police. In the absurdity of his situation, the petulant Lucero projects the brutality he knows from the Dominican authorities while waiting for Aurora outside a junot diaz aurora.

He has an easy junot diaz aurora torturing the old man, breaking his ankle. Compelled to wear a mask of machismo toughness on junot diaz aurora streets and promiscuity with womenLucero succeeds as a dealer and receives the respect of his community.

As one scholar points out, The narrative often emphasizes the masks these characters must assume and maintain, to the point that maintaining the mask assumes the centrality of life and experience — a protection against life and living Paravisini-Gebert A fundamental means of survival among numerous rivals, the mask of toughness pervades many characters in the short story collection.

Lucero alone reveals himself as a man of occasional sensitivity as it regards his junkie girlfriend.

Lucero himself has seen so much abysmal violence, poverty and overdosed junkies among young kids as well as adults that nothing fazes him any more, and he may become a menacing personality towards others without cause.

Still, junot diaz aurora somehow remains sensitive to the experience and personality of Aurora who also dons a mask of her own. He valorizes her natural artistic abilities in paintings she makes on the walls inside abandoned buildings where they junot diaz aurora had sex.

When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out.

Literary Analysis | aurorajunotdiaz

I made up this whole new life in there. You should have seen it. The two of us had kids, a big blue house, hobbies, the whole fucking thing Lucero attempts to express his desires but fails because he cannot let down his own mask, even though Aurora reveals through drawings her own desire to junot diaz aurora elsewhere and have a family with him.

Yet to Aurora he dissembles feelings junot diaz aurora love and will not allow expression of his own similar desires.


He cannot adequately explain his feelings for her because showing loving feelings is an anomaly in his machismo subculture: Sexuality[ edit ] Both Rafa and his father are with several women throughout the book and explore their sexuality outside of committed relationships.

Yunior, however, struggles more with his sexuality and while he has a girlfriend at several points in the book, he also has a sexual experience with a man.

In a conversation with Hilton Als, Junot explains that he is junot diaz aurora by how little attention is paid to the homosexual experiences in this narrative when critics talk about the fictive world of Yunior De las Casas junot diaz aurora it's fundamental to who he is as a character.