The Garden of Last Days
“So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
In his stunning follow-up to the #1 best-selling House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus draws us into the lives of three deeply flawed, driven people whose paths intersect on a September night in Florida. April, a stripper, has brought her daughter to work at the Puma Cl...more
I was able to take the hyperbole of plot in Dubus' last, big-selling _House of Sand and Fog_, because he does manage t...more
Dubus is an accomplished observer and has clearly researched his Floridian subjects well. Especially fascinating are his antiheroes, a down-on-his-luck contractor and father trying to find a way to do right in all the...more
But the execution is a big pile overwrought melodrama. My problem is that the prose is pedestrian and the story is drawn with a...more
Dubus knows charctres so well,it is as if he grinds the human being down the original dust and then scattters that dust across the page.
The back jacket blurb for this novel does not do it justice. This not a book about "where were you September 10,2001?". This is a book about the choices we make everyday that keep us and everyone around us holding on to what is our reality,sometimes with the edges of our fingernails.
Does this book have a deeper human lesson to be...more
For more about this book, see my review on amazon.com under the title and my reviewer's name, EGranfors.
Then the narrative began to fall apart. It's a multi-POV affair, which can be great. This one isn't. The attempt to imitate the Egyptian-sounding foreigner is corny but not cornier than the attempt to imitate the good old boy who's work...more
King's made some great recommendations in the past and helped me discover the joys of reading Laura Lippman (for which I will be eternally grateful).
But as for "Garden of Last Days," it was more of a miss than a hit. I enjoyed the story, but maybe my expectations were ratcheted up a bit too high after hearing King heap praise on the novel. It's a story with 9/11 firmly at the center, though...more
In short, yes this was a book told from probably too many perspectives (I counted at least 9 distinct points of view), there was a bit of over-writing, and there is powerlessness/over-sexualization attached to some of the female characters. And the September 11th terrorist sub-plot borders on the ridiculous...but...I liked it.
I like a chunky book. I like a book with a strong sense of...more
That said, this is really just the House...more
But the reviewers loooooove it.
Amazon says that this book is 384 pages but my...more
Although even the terroris...more
There are many supporting characters in this story and Dubus gives attention and sympathy to each of them. Remember the Joan Baez song with it's refrain: There but poor fortune go you go I. I identified with so many of them, especially the older...more
Al Bundy knew the score: It's all happening at the nudie bar.
Andre Dubus III goes to a Florida "gentlemen's" club for the follow-up to "House of Sand and Fog," his Oprah-beloved best-seller of middle-brow misery. Like "Sand and Fog," "The Garden of Last Days" is full of self-pitying, self-made victims digging themselves ever deeper into self-inflicted predicaments.
Up on the stage of the Puma Club dances April, aka Spring, a divorced mother shaking her ya-yas t...more
I was incredibly impressed with the House of Sand and Fog, which led me to this book. A number of reviewers have remarked that it's a difficult book to get into, but I didn't find that with the audio edition.
Dubus is a master at juggling the stories of his characters, and the unpredictable ways lives collide. I also admire the fact that in this book, as well as in Sand and Fog, he contrasts cultures, broadening...more
Anyway to get back to the book, like the House of Sand and Fog, this novel reads like a train wreck, the suspense building as you plummet down a long hill, knowing that when the ride ends it will result in disaster.
Unlike the House o...more
Meanwhile an over zealous patron is thrown out for getting too close to one of the dancers. As things progress B...more
Each character had a certain narrative niche, a small quirk that made the character, and for most of them, this small niche was all the chara...more
Regardless of your culture or background we all lo...more
I could not put this book down from page one. Andre Dubus is a genius, and his writing is thought-provoking, powerful and emotional - a literary trifecta.
If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it - you won't be disappointed.
Some books end up being a waste of time (especially when you have a short amount of free time to begin with)...but not this one. I gladly gave up many hours of sleep so I could fin...more
Andre Dubus III opens The Garden of Last Days on a lazy Florida afternoon and we are introduced to April and Franny; a single young woman who works for a strip club and her three-year old daughter. April's usual babysitter, Jean, is in the hospital, a...more
It’s hardly surprising that Andre Dubus III should join them with his new novel, The Garden of Last Days. Even before 9/11, in his 1999 novel House of Sand and Fog, he gave us a s...more