Thursday, October 09, 2008
GARDEN OF LAST DAYS by Andre Dubus III
I never read HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG but I thought the movie was really compelling. I was interested to see what Dubus' latest offering would be like. GARDEN OF LAST DAYS follows the lives of several individuals surrounding a strip club in Florida in the days leading up to 9/11. To me, the novel felt as if it could have been a Paul Thomas Anderson film. I was reminded of the feel of "Magnolia" several times. The characters in the novel are all loosely connected and yet they impact one another in interesting ways. I especially found the character of the terrorist especially interesting. Overall, I liked the novel although I felt Dubus could have done more. I felt the story unfolded a little slowly at times. However, I like that it covers a period of time during the 9/11 tragedy that is seldom addressed.