IBG Thursday Meetup - The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

Hi all,

We had a great Thursday meetup when we discussed The Palgue by Albert Camus.

Most of us agreed that we had read it as an allegory of war and the different extremes of human nature that such extreme conditions incite. The main themes we discussed were the cowardice, selfishness and resistance that come to the fore when people are in ife or death situations.

We then had the vote on the next book.

One Hand Clapping  - Anthony Burgess ( 1 vote )  - Sara

Black Gold of the Sun  - Ekow Eshun ( 2 votes ) - Helen

A Passage to India - E M Forster ( 3 votes )  - William

The winner was:

The House of Sand and Fog - Andrew Dubus ( 4 votes ) - Sheila

Below is a synopsis from Foyles:

"Kathy is a young recovering alcoholic recently seperated from her husband. When her family home is repossessed she is devastated. Her house is sold at auction to Behrani, a former Iranian Air Force officer for whom it represents an entry into real estate and a passport to the future for his family and his own version of the American Dream. For Kathy, its loss is the last of a sereis of insults life has dealt her and the stage is set for a gut-wrenching tragedy"

I'm really looking forward to reading this as we've had it recommended in the book group many times.

Hope to see you then,


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  • Sandra

    Sorry I thought I would get back in time. Can't change my RSVP on the site but won't be able to make it.

    May 23, 2013

  • Hannah

    We have a table booked at The Canonbury

    May 23, 2013

  • gary o

    I joined recently and haven't had enough time to read the book so I thought it was best if I didn't come tonight. But I hope to be there at the next one. Thanks Gary

    May 23, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi All, We'll either be in The Canonbury or The Four Sisters. I'm not able to get through to either one of them at the moment. I'll keep trying and update the site later.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to join meetups until 8th of June, so have a great time!

    May 22, 2013

  • Hannah

    Pls do come along. Would be great to see you :-)

    May 22, 2013

  • Sharona S

    Jet lag willing, I'm going to try and make it! :D

    May 22, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    Sorry-I'm going to be away. Have a great evening!

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately away for work again. But I really enjoyed reading the book and look forward to hearing about your discussions!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to try to make it!

    April 23, 2013

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