Thanks Gillian for hosting a mellow book club on Friday night.
Lots to say abut House of Sand and Fog which turned out to be an excellent, gripping page turner, completely different from previous reads. The story was told from 3 different perspectives, each of whom was well developed as their characters and back stories were revealed slowly, making you sympathise with each of them in turn. Kathy in particular was really well written and a totally believable woman written by a man. Lester started off as mild and reasonably sympathetic, but was much more complex, and possibly the most screwed up of all of them (quite an achievement). We loved the build up to the final, dramatic scenes, and the slow disintegration of each of the protagonists, who had their own reasons for acting as they did. The ending was a little ambiguous as Kathy seemed to be settling into a long stretch in prison, against the advice of her lawyer who thought she could get off, but maybe she felt safe and rooted inside, as she hadn’t for a long time. Overall excellent read, highly recommended to those of you who didn’t get round to it. There is also a film of the book, starring Ben Kingsley as Colonel Behrani, which was nominated for 3 Oscars. I also saw that Andre Dubus III wrote the story on which the film In the Bedroom (with even more Oscar nominations) was based.
For next month Ruth has chosen The Circle by Dave Eggers.
Then for November Sean has chosen Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. November’s meeting will be a week later than normal on Friday 21st November — note change of date!!
And Steve will be choosing next for the December meeting.