This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz – Chapter 7: “Invierno” summary and analysis. ‘Invierno’ by Junot Diaz. Alex Clark. From Diaz’s second collection, This Is How You Lose Her – unsurprisingly, men in foundering or vanishing. JUNOT DÍAZ riverhead books a member of N ilda. Alma. Otravida, Otravez. Flaca. The Pura Principle. Invierno. Miss Lora. The Cheater’s Guide to Love. 1. 27 .

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Michelle Quito August 14, at From a laundry facility supervisor and the freshly emigrated employee looking to grift her way into the American dream to a family negotiating the decline of a charismatic son’s health, each story is merciless in its treatment of the heart’s desires and defenses.

They are hoping to go back to the Islands, and away from the winter snow. Usually the narrator’s ihvierno would act like a wild animal but ever since they moved his brother changed and started to act like a inviernp boy.

They really do have a dilemma. They watch about nine hours of TV a day. Did any characters change during the course of the book? Their mother really did change a lot and she did it for her kids as well. But Diaz describes the neighborhood terrain as if it was as alien as a lunar landscape.

How long does winter last? I agree that the title does fit the story and your title was also good as well. What forces in the story caused this change? This story is about a Spanish family leaving the nice hot Island and moving into a cold winter life in the United States.

‘Invierno’ by Junot Diaz – A Personal Anthology

Such as describe how the father control whole family by not letting Yunior and his brother diaaz out to play with other children, punish them for not being quiet, critize Yunior for not able to tie his shoelaces, force Yunior to cut his hair. This complexity is one of the greatest appeals of Diaz’s work. How has it changed you or your way of thinking? While the kids and the father adapt to the state, the mom was having difficulties adapt to the new environment.


The narratives, down to the sentence level, are so densely packed with incident, observation and consequence.

‘Invierno’ by Junot Diaz

That “next book” would seem to be the book we have in hand, a book filled with revelations that offer the reader a deeper understanding of how one’s history informs one’s present. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers. The mom can only obey to the Dad because he was jynot culturally juunot.

I like how the author, began with “the top of Westminster” and ended at the same spot. The author did a great job by fully explaining the way he felt, as i could relate to him. Instead they watch the other children play. Diaz writes, “That night I dreamed of home, that we’d never left. He still challenges his father somewhat when he decides to gout side and play. An unannounced competition for empowerment is taking place in the family. Invierrno Bautista August 14, at 1: At the beginning of the story, author describe her as a curious women who desires to learn new things, that she tried so hard to learn English words from TV even after junt husband criticize her pronunciation.

But the collection is also a major contribution to the short story form. In the last pages of the story “The Cheater’s Guide to Junkt Yunior examines the Doomsday Book, a folder of material his ex-girlfriend leaves behind after their breakup:.

Raf and Yunior are confined to the house, if for no other reason than their father insists, perhaps to maintain his illusion of control. And the author shows the transition made from Rafa, who was once an energetic person and now bacame a quiet and dkaz boy. I like the ciaz title you created for the story.


The dense cultural relativism in Diaz stories make it seem as if the characters are never allowed to live openly, freely. Their current situation is Invierno, or cold. TV is considered the ticket to acculturation, to learning the language, and the more you watch of it the better. This is a positive change because she is trying to be free little by little.

From story to story, he brandishes the force of these voices, almost always to strong effect. I agree with jynot, Invierno is a perfect title for the story. Before the family moved from Santo Domingo to the United States they were a happy family, but being in a different environment really changed them. And it’s true the narrator did a great job in creating images, he didn’t hide away any improper word or moment but express all of them to us.

This Is How You Lose Her – Chapter 7: “Invierno” Summary & Analysis

They are fish rarely swimming in their own ocean but more like sea creatures trying to paddle through a thick, cultural soup, and that soup is cold, nearly frozen. Although Yunior knows the consequences of what is actions could bring he does not change. I got into arguments with my family because of this. Normally the narrator would behave but he disobey his father and goes outside and interact with gringos.

The words she tries to reproduce sound garbled. To the reader it is clear that the father is in charge and that what he says has to be done. In the beginning both Yunior and Rafa got in trouble with their father. Send me 3G1B posts by email! Would you have liked a different ending?