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The Garden of Last Days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009


    The characters are real, like people you met off of the street. Dubus deals with the hidden struggles of people who are just trying to make it. The plot can be difficult to deal with because of its subject matter. Overall, very good and challenges the way we look at people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    A Great American Story

    This is an engrossing and simply told story about what motivates these characters beliefs and actions. It flows with a quiet tension reminiscent of a good mystery. I loved this book as much as I have enjoyed this author's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Best book I've read this year

    Wow. First off, let me say that this was not an easy read. None of the characters were perfect, or in some cases, even likeable. Their motivations were universally self-serving, or desperate, or both. But they're real. They come alive and the situations that follow are so tightly interwoven as to be unseperable. I could not put this book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    As an avid reader

    I buy lots of books, but Mr. Dubus is new to me. I intend to buy everthing he has written or will ever write after reading this one. It is awe-inspiring. He commits to paper the atmosphere of south Florida, the humidity, the beauty and the darkness within some people.The characters are so well developed and the discription of the rape of Virginia is so searing it has lingered with me . I could not put this book down. Formula writers are so trite, and I am tired of them. I'm off to B&N to buy everything you have by Andre Dubus III. If you read only one book this year, make it this one.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The Gardener Writes

    This book can either be rated a five or a one, I see nothing in between. Bubuss writes exquisitely, often arrogantly aware that he is the one taking the reader through this field he calls a garden. We see little hibiscus and bougainvillea and frangipani. More often we seem to be among slopped manure full of the stench of sweat and piss and dried semen of lowlifes. This is the story he writes, and writes so well, giving us the sounds and smells that we wouldn't otherwise want did he not have us lured into a world where the seamy can seem so profound. Charles Bock gave us similar characters and feelings in his novel Beautiful Children, yet Bock was able to make us like his creatures. Dubus doesn't expect us to.

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