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by Andre Dubus

eBook House of Sand and Fog (Oprah's Book Club) (Thorndike Paperback) ePub
Author: Andre Dubus
Language: English
ISBN: 0786232366
ISBN13: 978-0786232369
Publisher: Thorndike Pr (September 1, 2002)
Pages: 613
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 857
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House of Sand and Fog is a 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III. It was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2000, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and was adapted into the 2003 film, House of Sand and Fog. The novel begins by intro.

House of Sand and Fog is a 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III. The novel begins by introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution.

The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated .

The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated motion picture. A former colonel in the Iranian Air Force yearns to restore his family's dignity. Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes.

A National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated . Unfolding relentlessly from its tense and colorful first lines, House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph

A National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated motion picture. 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. Unfolding relentlessly from its tense and colorful first lines, House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph. It turns both the traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story upside down with a heartrending outcome, in a masterstroke of American realism and Shakespearean consequence.

It was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2000, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and was adapted into the 2003 film . Andre Dubus III's second novel, House of Sand and Fog was adapted to film in 2003 by a Ukrainian-Americana director by the name of Vadim Perelman.

It was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2000, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and was adapted into the 2003 film, House of Sand and Fog. Luckily, Perelman enlisted the help of Roger Deakins . who's really just a wizard behind the camera.

Then I thought of my house, mine and Frank’s, of that Arab family living there, having parties there

Then I thought of my house, mine and Frank’s, of that Arab family living there, having parties there. What Les was doing felt good, warm and slightly electric, but I was thinking too much to let go into the orgasm I knew he was trying to give me. I pulled away and took him in my mouth, until he came against the back of my throat and I swallowed.

The National Book Award finalist, Oprah’s Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the . Andre Dubus III’s unforgettable characters-people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on-careen toward inevitable conflict.

The National Book Award finalist, Oprah’s Book Club pick, New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated motion picture A recent immigrant from the Middle East-a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force-yearns to restore his family’s dignity in California. A recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold onto the one thing she has left?her home. Their tragedy paints a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.

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Andre Dubus Iii. ITS cause is remembering Jasmeen, but I begin to worry once more of the difficulties I already face in the selling of the home. ITS cause is remembering Jasmeen, but I begin to worry once more of the difficulties I already face in the selling of the home ust still be prepared to move my family once again, and this time it will have to be a modest apartment in one of these modest villages along the coast.

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREIn this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to resotre his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.
Kefrannan
I have to admit, I was temped to pass up HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG because the subject matter didn't intrigue me. The story of an Iranian immigrant and a troubled woman competing for the same California bungalow just didn't sound like the sort of tale that would keep me up late turning pages. It's a good thing I've read some of brilliant short fiction crafted by this book's author, Andre Dubus III. Otherwise, I might have left this book on the shelf, and that would've been a shame.
Despite a storyline that sounds less-than-inspiring, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG captured my attention within the first few pages. The book begins in the stunningly realistic first-person voice of Massoud Behrani, once a Colonel in the Shah's army, now hunkered down in the United States because he and his family are marked for death in their mother country of Iran. Unable to find a job, Behrani is reduced to working for the county, picking garbage from the side of a California highway. Desperate to make a respectable life for his family, Behrani spends his family's dwindling savings to purchase a small house at auction, hoping to resell it at a large profit.
Enter Kathy Nicolo, a former drug addict, now barely keeping her head above water after her husband left her. The bungalow she inherited from her father is swept out from under her because of a delinquent tax bill she doesn't actually owe. Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon takes a personal interest in Kathy's case, and becomes enmeshed in her struggle to win back her home. Despite a wife and two small children, he finds himself in love with Kathy. Dubus skillfully weaves the story of Kathy and Lester--a doomed, hopelessly codependent dance--against the backdrop of their fight for justice and the return of Kathy's house.
What truly makes this story come alive in the reader's mind is the amazing voice of each character. Dubus flawlessly takes us inside the heads of a proud and willful Iranian colonel, a troubled young woman, and an equally troubled law officer. The conflict continues to escalate, despite the fact that there truly are no "bad guys"--as readers, Dubus makes certain we understand BOTH sides. If anything, the antagonist of this story is exactly what the book jacket says, the character's "tragic inability to understand each other."
This is by far one of the most skillfully crafted novels I've ever read. And please don't equate literary merit with "boring." HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG kept me riveted. The book explodes when these forces--the desperate woman and her lover, and the equally desperate Behrani family--collide. I was forced to read the last 250 pages in one sitting (until 2 a.m., actually) because this book would simply not be denied. I expect great things from Andre Dubus III, and as a writer I could only read the last page, close the book in stunned admiration, and whisper, "Wow."
Zyniam
There are no heroes in The House of Sand and Fog, only flawed people, struggling to recover from devastating changes to their lives. Kathy Nicolo is a former addict trying to rebuild her life after her husband left. Massoud Amir Behrani is a former colonel in the Iranian military under the Shah, struggling to cope with life as a refugee immigrant who has lost his status, wealth and power. These two are cast into conflict through no doing of their own. There is no villain in this story, except perhaps the vague ‘county’ which in Kafkaesque fashion has omitted one letter from a street name, causing these two lives to be thrust into turmoil.

For much of the book, the story is compelling. The two main characters, though not especially likeable, evoke the reader’s sympathy. After all, they were trying to improve their lot, taking the right steps and making reasonable choices, until a fluke of fate intervenes. The situation the author has created places them into a crucible that tests their character and reflects the human condition.

But great tragedies drive the lead characters inexorably toward their doom. Given their human flaws and the circumstance, they have no way out. As this book moves toward its conclusion, I found myself wondering if these characters would really take the steps needed to fall further, or if the author was expediently taking some short cuts to complete the story.

Though this story was well written throughout and presented a great premise, I felt the story a bit contrived despite the strong start, and therefore found the tragedy less compelling.
Alister
The House of Sand and Fog is a marvelous book. The wishes and dreams of each of the characters are beautifully articulated. We can relate to the aspirations of the deposed Iranian colonel, who loves his depressed wife and wants to make a better life for her and his family and who wants to quit his demeaning job as a garbage collector and hold his head up again. We also sympathize with Kathy, who was too depressed, after her husband left, to read her mail and find out the county was about to auction off her house for non-payment of a tax bill, she didn't really owe and we wish she would eat something and stop drinking. At the end, when Kathy finally admits her motivation, is at once shocking and and sad.
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