House of Sand and FogAudio version. Dubus has created a novel that is nearly perfectly suited to the audio format. Kathy Nicolo is a recovering addict whose husband has left her and who is making her way in the straight world with her own cleaning business. When her house in the California hills is mistakenly seized by the county for back taxes and sold at public auction, she finds herself living out of her car and on the brink of desperation. Once a wealthy and powerful man in Iran and a colonel in the army under the Shah's rule, Behrani is now a struggling immigrant who hopes that he can sell the house for a large profit, so that he can once again provide his family with a lifestyle like the one they enjoyed in Iran.
He is so powerful and convincing in this role that you quickly forget that this is the man most famous for his characters in Gandhi and Sexy Beast. He returns to his house, murders Kathy, Kathy is like nitroglycerin in his head. Of course, his fatal flaw is his high need for respectability and his inability to see beyond what he thinks he deserves! A reserved and dignified man.Secondly, who is Shohreh Aghdashloo and why have I not heard of her. A loose interpretation would mean at least a few characters. They may soon merit their own coinage: "Dubusian". A recovering alcoholic, she is a basket case.
Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later. How was this to end. Behrani if two crappy jobs, one picking up trash along the highways and the other as a late night convenience clerk. In his desire to help Kathy with her struggle for the house, Burdon crosses the line.
The Missouri Review
The story unfolded tragically but the writing unraveled something worse? Casual, his two choices are housw push forward and hope that Behrani does not press charges. Clear your history. It's very easy to get engaged in this book - so much so, it serves as a great subway read. Alas, but not without its touch of elegan.
Position and possession. These are the two elements that fatefully combine in House of Sand and Fog to set a tragedy in motion. And it is a genuine tragedy, a case not of good versus bad, but of good versus good: two strangers become locked in a furious battle of wills, both have right on their side, and neither can give way to the other. It unfolds with an agonising momentum, for at every stage one can see how catastrophe could have been averted by common sense. Unfortunately, as someone once wrote, common sense ain't so common any more. Adapted from the novel by Andre Dubus III, it concerns the ownership of a modest clapboard house overlooking the North Californian coast.