Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Book Review: House of Sand and Fog

This book is a bit like a train wreck that you can see coming from miles and miles away.  Kathy has lost her house because of a mistake made by the local government.  Massoud has purchased the house for a steal at an auction.  Kathy wants her house back and cascading series of tragedies ensures.  The main characters are deeply flawed individuals.  Reading this book can be frustrating at times because you just want to beat the characters since it is so obvious that most of this conflict could be avoided.  Any rational person would see what they were doing and take a different option – but then that would not be a good story would it?  The book is worth reading as a study of greed and stupidity, but at the end you might be hard pressed to find any sympathy for the actors.