House of Sand and Fog

Dubus, Andre

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
House of Sand and Fog
Tense with suspense from the first line, this is one of the great American realist novels. In this page-turning, breathtaking novel, the characters will walk off the page and into your life. And a small house will seem like the most important piece of territory in the world.On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force under the Shah yearns to restore his family's dignity. When an attractive bungalow comes available on county auction for a fraction of its value, he sees a great opportunity for himself, his wife, and his children. But the house's former owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, doesn't see it that way, nor does her lover, a married cop driven to extremes to win her love and get her house back.House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph in which a traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story are turned upside down with brutal, heartrending consequences. It is an American tragedy, and a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0393046974
Characteristics: 365 p. ;,25 cm.


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Sep 02, 2014
  • pugterranian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A serious work of literary fiction and a classic page-turner. No cheap thrills here; the suspense is generated by deeply rendered characters, beautiful writing and nail-biting pacing.

Shakespeare descibed it this way: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," Dubus describes it thusly: "all this rising and falling and nothing changing that feels like living," an existence that averages out to zero. If not a Great American Novel, House of Sand & Fog is at least a Great Californian Novel. His California coast is not made of beachbabes, but waves that serve as a reminder of this meaningless rising & falling. You know when he describes the protagonist as "heavy as sand" that this is not the airy sand that you let flow through your fingers on a beach; it is the sand of sandbags, of natural disasters and wars. ****************************************************** Both the book and the movie ooze Bay Area, and it's a testament to the writer that most of the lines in the movie are taken directly from the source. ********************** Ref: pg 180, 210

One of my favourite novels of all time, I had to read it in grade 11 for an assignment and it's one of the few times I've been grateful for assigned novels. Interesting themes and characters.

Jan 17, 2012
  • BrigidScott rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great character development. Bravo!

Recommended by my girlfriend, this is and excellent story. A real page-turner with lots of twists and an unexpected ending.

Sep 20, 2010
  • usersjc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A quintessential Shakespearean tragedy, agonizing yet exquisite

Jul 28, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

well written;heart wrenching

May 19, 2010
  • carolynv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great read. It draws you into the lives of the protagonists so well. Highly recommended.

Mar 19, 2008
  • Ketly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've ever read..ok there are a lot of books that fit this category! Read it :)


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