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When the Shah of Iran is ousted and a revolution breaks out in the country, Colonel Massoud Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force, and his family, once respected and well to do residents in their country, become nothing else but vulnerable immigrants to the United States where the only status left for them is to be called foreigners for the rest of their lives, even though they become full citizens He works two jobs, as a trash picker along the highways by day, and as a late night When the Shah of Iran is ousted and a revolution breaks out in the country, Colonel Massoud Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force, and his family, once respected and well to do residents in their country, become nothing else but vulnerable immigrants to the United States where the only status left for them is to be called foreigners for the rest of their lives, even though they become full citizens He works two jobs, as a trash picker along the highways by day, and as a late night clerk in a distant convenience store He does it all to keep up appearances, as well as keeping his wife happy in their Iranian community in San Francisco Actually, he spent most of his money to keep up this appearance for his daughter s sake To make sure that she will marry the right man When that happens, he is free to look for cheaper living conditions and save up some money for his son s university fees He watches the auction notices in the newspapers for houses coming under the hammer Kathy Nicolo, a rehabilitating drug and alcohol addict, loses her home by accident She already lost her husband Apart from that, she has also lost her self respect and will to succeed in anything, a long time ago She profiles perfectly Any strenous event is dealt with the narcotic way, although she has been trying to change her life after rehab and succeeded until now.Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man with two kids, along with the tax agent, is tasked to throw her out of her house Like two peas in a pod, they connect hormonaly and turn their dreary lives into a mutual magical homp and romp fantasy with the usual consequences For the first time Kathy has someone who wants to fight in her corner But both of them have lost the ability to think with the right brain Cognitive and hormonal thinking are two very different things after all The duo decide to get her house back The house is now owned by Colonel Massoud Behrani What struck me about this book, is the ease and wisdom behind the characters Dubus gave them souls, as it should be We can think what we want and stagger from the harsh reality, the spotlight on society, but we cannot deny any human being a right to own a soul and be respected for who they are I wanted to dislike this book It scared me in the sense that this could happen to anyone, including me It is one of the reason, I suspect, why many readers react negatively to the story They simply cannot handle the truth and depth of the multiple leveled situation The American realism, which does not differ that much from other western countries, are disturbing in the sense that it doesn t reflect awhat ifsituation as much as it portrays the harshness of a truth that can happen to anyone If you lose your compass and discipline, you lose your way Things go fast and furiously wrong It s that simple But sometimes things happen to you while you re busy making other plans, as John Lennon stated It is a very well written book in every way and on all levels Absolutely worth the read, and for the first time I actually agree with an Oprah choice But those readers who have tried her recommendations, already know that she chooses arresting stories with difficult themes This one is no exception Whether we like it or not, this author puts heart and soul back into statistics and left us enlightened but sad in the end The official blurb states In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakepearean consequence, Andre Dubus III s unforgettable characters careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today I loved this first encounter enough to try this author again (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☊ House of Sand and Fog ⇜ On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force sees a way to restore his family s dignity in an attractive bungalow available on county auction But the house s owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, will fight for the one thing she has left And her lover, a married cop, will be driven to extremes to win her love In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III s unforgettable characters careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus IIIHouse 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 introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution Because his background is military rather than professional, he has not been able to establish a career in the US and works as a t House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus IIIHouse 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 introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution Because his background is military rather than professional, he has not been able to establish a career in the US and works as a trash collector and convenience store clerk With savings, he pays the rent on an expensive apartment for his family and for an elegant wedding for his daughter, and his fellow,successful Iranian exiles do not know that he holds low skilled jobs Meanwhile, Kathy Nicolo, a former drug addict who is still recovering from her husband abruptly leaving her, has been evicted from her home, long owned by her family, because of unpaid taxes the county wrongfully claimed she owed When the house is placed for auction, Behrani seizes the opportunity and purchases it He bets his son s entire college fund, planning to renovate the house and then resell it for muchthan he originally paid as a first step on the way to establishing himself in real estate investment He moves his family from their apartment into the house Meanwhile, when Kathy moves out, she meets Deputy Lester Burdon They go through the system, hiring a lawyer to fight Kathy s wrongful eviction, but although the County admits the error, Behrani insists that he will not return the house unless he s paid what it s worth, not merely the low sum he paid at auction 2003 1381 368 9643282104 1383 1386 20 uuuugh i hated this book BUT before i start trashing it, i ll say that there is one thing i liked about it the author s ability to give two completely different viewpoints and make the reader understand and empathize with them both all i ll say about the plot is that it s about two people fighting for the ownership of a bungalow that in itself should have stopped me from picking up this book boringgggggg i found myself rooting for each character at different times, for which i give uuuugh i hated this book BUT before i start trashing it, i ll say that there is one thing i liked about it the author s ability to give two completely different viewpoints and make the reader understand and empathize with them both all i ll say about the plot is that it s about two people fighting for the ownership of a bungalow that in itself should have stopped me from picking up this book boringgggggg i found myself rooting for each character at different times, for which i give credit to the author but when i look at the book as whole, i absolutely hated it first, the characters were put in the most absurd and unrealistic situations, the whole book was soooo unbelievable, i literally had to force myself to finish it it was really a struggle for me to keep reading, i was so uninterested in the book, the only driving force was my curiosity to find out how the house dispute is resolved needless to say, the end is so pathetic but the whole book was a disappointment so i guess i shouldn t have gotten my hopes up i am planning on seeing the movie tho, just to compare it to the book as for recommendations, i emphatically DON T recommend it to anyone, i found it too boring but if you do read it or have read it before, i d like to know what you thought Rating 4.75 of fiveThe Publisher Says On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force sees a way to restore his family s dignity in an attractive bungalow available on county auction But the house s owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, will fight for the one thing she has left And her lover, a married cop, will be driven to extremes to win her love In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III s unforget Rating 4.75 of fiveThe Publisher Says On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force sees a way to restore his family s dignity in an attractive bungalow available on county auction But the house s owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, will fight for the one thing she has left And her lover, a married cop, will be driven to extremes to win her love In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III s unforgettable characters careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.My Review Behrani An exiled colonel in the Shah s army Kathy A fucked up druggie living off her inheritance Lester A major idiot whose law enforcement career is his last best shot at staying off welfare.Not one of these people will leave this book better than they entered it Kathy s only home is the one she inherited, and the county says it s not hers any because she hasn t paid the taxes She has, though She s completely unable to function in the world because she s hazed on drugs for so long that even when she s clean she can t think straight That means she can t figure out how to prove she has complied with the law.Behrani can t get an American life going He has savings one hesitates to imagine where the money came from originally that barely keep him afloat, and jobs that demean him but are all a man with no skills except being an Army officer can get But his son s college money is sufficient to buy a distressed property at auction Kathy s home, as it turns out He plans to renovate and flip it, using this as a stepping stone to American Dream level prosperity.Lester comes in as the deputy assigned to be sure Kathy gets out of the home that s no longer hers Love at first sight Lame o Lester and Loser Kathysurely the white trash Romeo and Juliet Pretty much.Dubus drags us through the legal system as the parties battle out the rights and wrongs of the case No one here is a good person, just a greedy selfish prick who deserves what, in the end, is meted out to them by the author s just and pitiless exercise of karmic debt collection.NOT an uplifting book My withers were wrung about every twenty pages, and I took frequent breaks in order to console myself with excessive liquor consumption and sordid sexual escapades.I love a book that brings out the best in me.There s a scene where Lame o Lester gets his first ever BJ from Loser Kathy, which Dubus goes into in a bizarrely flat and affectless way that completely desxualizes the act, makes it a symptom of a pathology and not an erotic or intimate or even sexy development It s just part of the sickness pervading these broken, unfixable people s existences.Did you get that A man wrote about the thing most men wantthan food and only slightly less than air, and made it unappealing.Dubus is a master of his craft He is an artist He can do anything he wants with words to make them dance in the reader s head to HIS tune, screw whatever you were expecting, reader He can fashion a story that, in its outlines, sounds juicy and ripe with conflict, and make it a sharp object that will deflate whatever happy illusions were still in your head about yourself and this Murrikin Dream we re supposed to be having, reader And that is why you should read this book We re all familiar with tragedies, aren t we Most of us learned about them in school, through Shakespeare possibly first with my favourite Macbeth A guy with out of control ambition does unthinkable things to good people and the world swirls in demonic confusion until he is brought to his knees and destroyed Damn That gets my blood going.But what about if people aren t bad If they have no bad intentions If they re just living their tough lives, guilty only of putting one foot in fron We re all familiar with tragedies, aren t we Most of us learned about them in school, through Shakespeare possibly first with my favourite Macbeth A guy with out of control ambition does unthinkable things to good people and the world swirls in demonic confusion until he is brought to his knees and destroyed Damn That gets my blood going.But what about if people aren t bad If they have no bad intentions If they re just living their tough lives, guilty only of putting one foot in front of the other, of wanting what is rightfully theirs, of protecting those that they love House of Sand and Fog is a spectacular tragedy I m telling you, no one walks out of this unscathed, and orders a cafe latte at Starbucks at the end But there s no villain here, no one to hate There is Colonel Behrani, a Persian immigrant who is diminished every day by shame, picking up garbage at the side of the road during the day, working at a convenience store by night There is Kathy Nicolo, a recovered alcoholic whose husband has deserted her, who cleans houses and holds on to her sobriety each day A house comes between them Neither has done anything wrong But somehow, wrong after wrong after wrong occurs, sliding good people into a nightmare they can t wake from.It s probably the holding on to the idea of right and wrong that proves most dangerous in this book Sticking to one s story instead of backing away, or looking from the other person s point of view Dubus allows the reader this luxury, by offering multiple points of view, and thus shows that there are no monsters in this book, only bad decisions Bad decisions which pile on top of each other, in the end creating a stranglehold of tension and an inevitable, complete, crash There are no witches cackling over a cauldron in this tragedy But I loved it anyway This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There are certain stories we know are going to end badly yet we read them The suspense is unbearable even when we have a shrewd idea what the outcome is going to be yet we keep on turning the pages Why Do we think that after all, we may be mistaken, and all may turn out right Or is it a masochistic tendency to keep hurting ourselves, and sigh with dejection and despair laced by a sneaky sense of satisfaction when the ending is even worse than we expected I don t know Yet we do that an There are certain stories we know are going to end badly yet we read them The suspense is unbearable even when we have a shrewd idea what the outcome is going to be yet we keep on turning the pages Why Do we think that after all, we may be mistaken, and all may turn out right Or is it a masochistic tendency to keep hurting ourselves, and sigh with dejection and despair laced by a sneaky sense of satisfaction when the ending is even worse than we expected I don t know Yet we do that and the stories which have the power to make us do so attain the pedestal reserved for great tragic works.This novel outlining the doomed and intertwined lives of Behrani, a former colonel in Iran and now struggling to have a life of dignity in the USA Kathy Nicolo, a pretty young woman given a raw deal by life and Sheriff Lester Burdon, who falls in love with Kathy against his better judgement is such a book.Read it, if you are up to it.13 02 2017The current anti immigrant hysteria going on in US brought this novel to mind, again This novel is the tragedy of an immigrant who came to enjoy the American Dream I loved this book It was amazing I never thought I would get so wrapped up in a story where the main character was actually a house or should I say a bungalow as that is how it is mostly referred to in the book In the first few chapters it seemed obvious who the good guy and who the bad guy in the story were, but I quickly found that line blurred and throughout the whole book I didn t know who to root for, I wanted them both to win The reason I only gave this book four stars instead of t I loved this book It was amazing I never thought I would get so wrapped up in a story where the main character was actually a house or should I say a bungalow as that is how it is mostly referred to in the book In the first few chapters it seemed obvious who the good guy and who the bad guy in the story were, but I quickly found that line blurred and throughout the whole book I didn t know who to root for, I wanted them both to win The reason I only gave this book four stars instead of the five it should have deserved was because this book WAS amazing until it ended It was possibly the worst, most unsatisfying ending I ve ever read I sat there staring at the book going That s IT That s how he s ending the book Did I get a copy missing the last chapter The ending was not worthy of the rest of the book The reason I love this book is because it beautifully presents a problem from two sides, then let s the reader decide which side he or she supports This isn t foxnews The author transitions from chapter to chapter between the two main characters, using wonderful language for each, and then lets the reader decide Neither of the characters were perfect, but neither could be classified as bad guys Andre Dubois III is my favorite modern author, his short stories are also amazing. I have never had such a horribly visceral reaction to a novel The story unfolded tragically but the writing unraveled something worse The author only succeeded in presenting two sides of a story equally I didn t care about either one, or the little abode widows walk or not.To torture myself further, I watched the movie I am a fan of Ben Kingsley and couldn t possibly see how he would go blindly into such a disappointing set up You know how the movie is never as good as the book this is I have never had such a horribly visceral reaction to a novel The story unfolded tragically but the writing unraveled something worse The author only succeeded in presenting two sides of a story equally I didn t care about either one, or the little abode widows walk or not.To torture myself further, I watched the movie I am a fan of Ben Kingsley and couldn t possibly see how he would go blindly into such a disappointing set up You know how the movie is never as good as the book this is one time where I was truly wishing would break that mold But it didn t Come on, Jennifer Connelly as the alcoholic, down trodden and desperate protagonist I was picturing Mary Louis Parker think The Client, 1994 It left me wanting my time back