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Dubus makes a few ordinary people's stories fascinating by showing the (sometimes crazy) rationale behind their choices. It's engrossing from the start but it's no joy-ride.
It opens on a scene that puts the main characters on their personal trajectories and never deviates from those paths, even when they collide. A small part of me held out for a Hollywood ending but I was gratified and truly shocked to see that Dubus held fast to his characters' fates.
I left off a star because the stated reasons for Burdon's commitment to Kathy were weak, borrowed from the lips of a lonely man in a bar; any guy, any bar. He was essential but he never rang true.
It's the sort of story where the plot is revealed through each of the character's choices and if you enjoy that, then House of Sand and Fog will give you a super read.
The way the writer showes both sides of a conflict in a way that there are no "Good Guy vs Bad Guy" effect and puts you inside the charicters heads is truley amazing. This is a gut rinching tail. Do not read it for the ending, read it for the juorny, but read it, you will not be sorry
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This story and the 3 main characters kept my interest. I thought that in the end they would finally "redeem" themselves and do what was honorable and just. Instead they self destructed and took the innocent and decent with them. It was never-the-less riveting and the readers were excellent.
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I thought the book was very well written and had a great story line. Just wish the ending cut have been a little longer and a little different!
I don't understand the hype with the book. Maybe because of the movie, or the fact thad addresses new imigrants?. The story was not bad, but the execution was poor.
I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
Sad, ironic, tragic, & enthralling.
fantastic until the 'climax' - very well written, characters extremely well developed, a story that could be true - the police man who hates bully's as a child but becomes the worst bully as an adult - Kathy, who's family expects little from from her and are not disappointed, the refugees that try so hard for second chance at a life - well i must not spoil the plot for you. I was hoping for a different ending - but I still watch Old Yeller and hope Yeller doesn't get rabies from the wolf!!!
At first I thougt boring. Then the fun starts. What a wild story. I kept wondering what could happen next. You will be suprised!