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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Not bad, but not good

    Had I read the entire back of this book, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. Somehow I missed the first line on the back cover that stated this book was about life before 9/11. The paragraphs following that line were somewhat obtuse, leaving me to wonder what the point of the story was, so I grabbed it. I got about halfway through before realizing what the book was leading up to and then turned it over to find I should have known all along. While the end of the book did include the 9/11 tragedy, I didn't find it to be the center of the story, luckily. The story about the lives of the characters was entertaining, but the book did not have a solid overall point to me. It wasn't a bad read, but I probably won't be recommending it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

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    I was very disappointed by this novel; I think Andre Dubus III is an amazing writer (House of Sand and Fog is one of my favorite novels) but this was sub-par follow up. I was surprised because I found his characters in House of Sand and Fog so captivating, yet in Garden of Last Days I couldn't empathize in the same way. It was hard to really get invested in their problems. Part of this was because none of the characters seemed original; many of them fit the exact stereotype you'd imagine, and any attempts to provide deeper insight felt like it'd been done already in 100 different books or movies. There are some parts of the novel where his writing shines through, but it just serves as a reminder of how much greater his talent and potential are than his latest novel.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    Fitting that I finished this book on 9/11('08)

    I read an article about Mr. Dubus & this book, in a popular entertainment magazine. While lightly treading along in a sea of endless reading possibilities, I¿m always looking for something to jump out at me- this particular article had me at ¿strip club¿ & ¿terrorist¿. Garden of Last Days follows the intertwining lives of a bright, single mother/stripper, her young daughter, her widowed, anxiety stricken landlord, a terrorist, a strip club bouncer & an anguished club patron. This is a challenging read & one that I was uncertain was worth it, upon completion, due to the somewhat abrupt ending- after marinating in random thoughts about the characters & what I interpreted the moral of the story to be, I decided that I would recommend this book to anyone who is up for taking on challenges. It¿s not hard to feel personally invested in the outlook of all of the characters, as the chapters rotate thru their lives from their points of view- I was somehow able to empathize with all of their hypocrisies, temptations, ¿sins¿, righteousness¿s, & desires for love & significance. Some fates were inevitable but, after almost exactly 2 months of marinating, I find myself wondering how all of them are doing¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    After reading HOSAF years ago I couldn't wait for the next book by the talented writer Andre Dubus III. I picked up The Garden of Last Days and enjoyed reading the first third of the book. However, I never felt compassion or a connection to any of the characters. Reading the passages about Bassam became tedious, and I grew to have little sympathy for the female character April. Determined to finish the 500+ pages hoping it would redeem itself I found the ending very disappointing.

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