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House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog: A Novel | Andre Dubus III
The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, #1 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. A recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold on to the one thing she has left. And her lover, a married cop, is driven to extremes to win her love. In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III's unforgettable characterspeople with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand oncareen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.
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Drocchio03
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Major book haul on Friday; 6$ for a library branded reusable grocery bag and all the books you can fit in it! House of Sand and Fog up next with Cindie once Oscar Wao is done. My TBR list just got VERY long!

irre Nice haul! 7mo
britt_brooke Excellent! 7mo
Julsmarshall You have some great ones in that stack! 7mo
SW-T Good haul! Happy reading 😊 7mo
Stacypatrice What a beautiful haul 📚📚 7mo
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StephanieGeiser
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Pickpick

I can see what this book is polarizing for many. For one, it‘s a slow burn and mostly character driven, which can make for a slow read. And secondly, none of the characters are particularly likable. That said - I found their flaws refreshing. This is not your typical “good guy” vs. “bad guy” story. Instead, I found myself alternating who I was “rooting” for and it ended up in a completely different place than I expected.

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StephanieGeiser

“...the pale blue glow of at least one television in every home. And I am told that many family meals are eaten in front of that screen as well. And perhaps this explains the face of Americans, the eyes that never appear satisfied, at peace with their work, or the day God has given them; these people have the eyes of very small children who are forever looking for their next source of distraction, entertainment, or a sweet taste in the mouth.”

Wife Thank you so much for my lovely surprise. I got it in the mail Monday. I‘ve been working extra days and haven‘t had a chance to post a proper thanks, but I will. 🌹 8mo
StephanieGeiser @Wife 💕 I‘m so glad it arrived safely! 8mo
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StephanieGeiser
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My friend and I saw #Oprah speak live in November. During her talk she couldn‘t recommend this book more highly; to the point where she demanded we buy two copies - one for ourselves and one for a friend because we will need someone to talk to when we finish. I‘m seeing my friend tomorrow and surprising her with a copy.

Because when Oprah demands, Oprah gets.

Alfoster Nice! I loved it! Have the movie taped but haven‘t watched it yet. Hope it‘s as good as the book! 10mo
Wife @HOTPock3tt I remember really liking this one. And I liked the movie too. 10mo
StephanieGeiser @Alfoster @Wife Awesome! Good to hear that this book lives up to the hype! Can‘t wait to get started! 10mo
HOTPock3tt @Wife @StephanieGeiser I might have to give this a try 🤔 I was just blown away by Oprah‘s book club pick ‘White Oleander‘ 10mo
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Billypar
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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#IllMakeYouSorry #NoFemmeber A film favorite of mine, book is still TBR. The song title has a great double-meaning that could be a threat or a depressed person's admission to a partner: it reminds me of something Kathy's character might say in either context. Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster's lyrics & visual art (pictured here) evoke depression, contrasting SF's high energy. MP's guitar skills and punk vocals are unmatched 🎸🔊

Cinfhen I really WANT to read this one!!! I can‘t stop adding books to my TBR 12mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t seen the movie but absolutely loved the book and highly recommend it! @Billypar @Cinfhen 12mo
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Billypar @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB It's such a strong story with amazing characters- I know I will love the book. But soooo 💔 12mo
Aimeesue The book was brilliant, though it was heartbreaking and devastating for everyone. Read it years ago, and I still think about it on occasion. 12mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I heard a more recent interview with Dubus where he was openly wondering if he should have made it as bleak as he did. But it does make it stick with you! 12mo
Aimeesue @Billypar Oh, I think it needed to be that bleak. Those are the books that make you think. At least they make me go back and see if I can find a pivot point in events where things could've gone differently. But I'm a weirdo who gets annoyed at pat endings. 😋 12mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I'm with you: I think all endings should shake you up in some way. This film ending haunted me for so long after I watched it, but I wouldn't have changed it a bit. 12mo
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Lcsmcat
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Since I used the Auden yesterday, I‘ll go with this for #fog. #litsyclassics @Sarah83

kricheal I love this book. It's sad, depressing, so heartwrenching but written incredibly beautiful by the author. 13mo
zsuzsanna_reads I have the book, but I've seen the movie and it was so sad, I can't bear reading it. 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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#Houses in classic literature. Some I‘ve read, and some are still TBR, but all are in my library. #newhogwartsadventure @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

ravenlee Funny story - for some strange reason, every time I see Bleak House it starts the song Brick House in my head. Can‘t help it. It makes me laugh and exasperates me at the same time (it‘s hard to have it on my shelf, and I haven‘t even read it yet). 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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Laylafinn
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Pickpick

You ever finish a book and just kind of lay there contemplating life? This book had me feeling that. Reflecting on my own stubbornness and situations.

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LitsyOwl
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
Panpan

I can sum this read up in one word - TRAGIC. No ups and downs in this book, it just goes from bad to worse. And, when you think it cannot get any worse, oh it does.

keys_on_fire That last sentence brought back memories of Phoebe from Friends when she watches It‘s A Wonderful Life 😂 2y
LitsyOwl @keys_on_fire Love me some Phoebe 💕🧝‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Billypar
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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Whenever I see the #films before reading the books, I am almost never motivated to read the book- this is the case with HOSAF, which is an excellent film. Luckily I read Life of Pi and Girl w. Dragon Tattoo before seeing the films. We all know which is typically better, but @BarbaraBB may have posted an exception to the rule (no disrespect to Mario Puzo intended). #nuyear @TrishB @Cinfhen

Reggie Omg HOSAF, my friend was so mad when I took him to see this movie which effectively shot our whole day to hell because of the sadness.... oh the sadness. Side note: we thought Shohreh Aghdashloo was robbed of the Oscar that year. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved the book HOSAF, one of my all time favourites. Therefore i don‘t dare see the movie! In the case of Life of Pi I was sooo disappointed seeing the movie after reading the book! Let‘s see what happend when I read The Godfather! 2y
merelybookish I've come to prefer movie before book. 2y
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TrishB If if see the film first I never want to read the book - I always try and read book first! 2y
Billypar @Reggie I heard an interview with Dubus in 2016 and he reflected on HOSAF and more or less agreed with your friend - he wasn't sure if he were to do it over that he would make it SO depressing. Agreed on Aghdashloo- such a powerful performance. 2y
Billypar @BarbaraBB You are definitely nudging it closer to my 'want to read soon' section of the older books on my shelf. Maybe 2018 is the year. I'll look out for your Godfather review! 2y
Billypar @TrishB that has always been my reaction too, but @merelybookish was there a particular example that changed it for you as far as preferring movie first? 2y
merelybookish No. I just realized I can see the movie and enjoy it for what it is, then I can read the book and enjoy that too. But reading the book first means I am usually disappointed by the movie. Actually, in most cases, I don't even want to see the movie of a book I've read. Like @vivastory I'm coming to think the best way to to film a book is to make a miniseries. Or make an adaptation rather than a re-telling such as Clueless. 2y
Billypar @merelybookish That's interesting- going movie first because the book can hold its own. Sometimes for me it's not even a matter of direct comparison- I'll always feel more connected to the film adaptation of About a Boy because I saw it before reading it, even though the book was still good. Agreed on miniseries, and whenever an adaptation had its own vision, like Clueless or Frankenstein, I think it tends to do the best. 2y
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Magic_Kiwi
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This book...just wow. Especially the ending, it will eat you alive with no mercy. Five heart breaking stars
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If you are looking for a dark book, this is for you!
You will find yourself trading ideas with how you want the book to end, but you will never see the true ending coming until you finish.
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I will say if I didn't have an Iranian boyfriend myself I might have had a harder time getting past some of the Persian vocabulary.

Sha0102 Gosh in my TBR list now! Is it one book or 2? 2y
Magic_Kiwi @Sha0102 It is a stand alone novel! I was just lucky to realize I had two copies on my shelf. 😇 (edited) 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Have you seen the film ? I found that very harrowing indeed and have always wanted to read the book . Your review was great but check out film and i should read the book too 🤔 2y
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Magic_Kiwi @chapter_fifty2017 definitely read the book! I'm hoping to watch the movie tomorrow. Need to mourn the book for a bit longer😢 2y
Joyfulmimi I loved this book, too 2y
Joyfulmimi I read the book first and it helped me enjoy the movie even more @chapter_fifty2017 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Always the best thing to do , i will have to read it now x🤞 2y
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Magic_Kiwi
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"These people do not deserve what they have"
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I'm beginning to hate the male lead of this book! I really don't want to, but he is so rude! I understand Americans can be horrible but honestly he should be thankful to be in the states. Such a grumpy old man, honestly. I hope the main women gets her house back! ??

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HannaPolkadots
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus III, Andre III Dubus
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Great read. Love how Dubus plays with the language, so subtly that it took me a while to notice. Excellent story.

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Ubookquitous
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#homebythesea - not a cheery beach read, but a powerful book. #maybookflowers
@Cinfhen

Alfoster Love this one!😍 3y
Cinfhen Started this years ago...need to try again, I wasn't in the right reading mind.... 3y
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Lmstraubie
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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This is the book that immediately came to mind for #immigrantsong
I also wanted to throw this book against the wall when I finished! (but would recommend reading it) #rockinmay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen This is one of those books that intimidate me, but I don't know why! I'm gonna finally read it this year...maybe 🙈 3y
DivineDiana Such a gripping and disturbing book! One of my brother-in-laws is Iranian which made this even more powerful to me. This is a book you will not forget! 3y
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen I know what you mean. That is why this one has been sitting on my nightstand for 2 months! I know I'll like it. I just need to start it!!! 3y
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HannaPolkadots
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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#bookhaul. Found a flea market in Oslo today and found some goodies to bring home 😍 I bought Let it Rain Coffee solely because of the title.

RealBooks4ever I hear Gravity's Rainbow is a tough one to get through, but I still want to read it!! 😆 3y
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avgeyer
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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Hi, my name is Amy, and I cannot be stopped when it comes to library book sales.
(All this for $35!!!)

JackieSmith WOOOOOW! 😍 3y
Suzze Great titles! I loved 3y
LizzyM Great stack!! 3y
LeahBergen Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Megabooks Awesome! 3y
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violabrain

I absolutely loved this book. Many people online disliked it because the characters are flawed and the book is so tragic, but to me that's the entire point. Everyone in life is flawed and the tragedy comes from their inability to empathize, which so often we see today in the world. This leads to senseless, avoidable tragedies, just like in the book. Also, I felt that this book could be read as an allegory for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀 3y
violabrain Thank you! :) 3y
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adeebee
House of Sand and Fog | Andre Dubus
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Ugh this book was so frustrating. Kathy and Lester are two of the worst characters I've ever read about. And everything was just so needlessly tragic. All over a stupid house. Ugh ugh ugh.

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KatG
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SoniaC
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Was really pleased to run into these two books at the used bookstore the other day. At only $6 a piece I thought they were a still.

Crash I like Gail's books, I'll have to check that one out. 3y
SoniaC @crash she is new to me but the book came highly recommended so I'm excited to check it out. 3y
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