House of Sand and Fog

Dubus, Andre

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
House of Sand and Fog
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Opportunity knocks for an Iranian immigrant in California when the county offers for sale a seized house at a bargain price. It will serve as a launching pad for his real-estate business. When the county discovers it made an error, the drug-addicted woman who owned the house demands its return, but the Iranian refuses. Unfortunately for him, the woman's lover is a policeman who takes the law into his hands.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0393046974
9780393046977
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.

May 31, 2013

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

May 27, 2013

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!

Sep 24, 2011

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

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sep 24, 2011

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