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House of Sand and Fog

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I read House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III. This story is one of classic tragedy which also contains a nearly unbearable amount of suspense. It tells a story of the conflict between people of different races who have an inability to understand each other. They each want possession of a small house in the California hills but for very different reasons.
On one side, there is Kathy Nicolo and Sheriff Lester Burdon who want the house from which Kathy was evicted. It previously belonged to Kathy’s father and she is reluctant to relinquish possession of it. Then there is the Behranis, a Persian family who was forced to flee to America in fear of their lives. They want the house because it symbolizes their rise from poverty (they had to leave everything behind and were quite poor when they arrived in the United States) back to affluence which, to this family, will help to restore their family’s dignity, lost when thrust into poverty. The story centers on gaining possession of the house. Unknowingly, all of these characters are doomed to tragedy by their inability to understand each other, hurtling down an explosive collision course.
The main characters in this story are Sheriff Lester Burdon, Kathy Nicolo, Massoud Amir Behrani, Mrs. Behrani, and their son, Esmail Behrani. Lester has a very soft spot in his heart for battered and abandoned women, an outlook that Burdon attributes to his father's having left his mothe...

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  • Opines that house of sand and fog by andre dubus iii is a classic tragedy with an unbearable amount of suspense. it tells the conflict between people of different races who have an inability to understand each other.
  • Analyzes how the characters are doomed to tragedy by their inability to understand each other, hurtling down an explosive collision course.
  • Describes the main characters in the story, including sheriff lester burdon, kathy nicolo, massoud amir behrani, mrs.
  • Recommends that anyone looking for a suspense/tragedy oriented book should look to this one.
  • Opines that andre dubus is a well-written book with beautifully developed characters and the right amount of detail to draw the reader in.
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