Monday, September 1, 2008

131 - The Garden of Last Days; Andre Dubus III

This review is based on the audio version that came from the library. Fortunately, I did not pay good money for this book which was a disappointment. I also admit to having skipped (2) of the 12 discs, but honestly, I don't feel like I missed a thing. The outcome was predictable.

The book takes place in Florida just days before 9/11. In this book of 500++ pages, or in my case (12) discs of approximately 60 minutes each, we hear the most detailed accounts of very boring minutia. If that isn't bad enough, there were too many characters and points of view.

We are introduced to April, a stripper (Stripper name Spring, but who cares) forced by circumstance to bring her 3-year-old daughter Franny to work one night. Little Franny is kidnapped from the back office of the strip club where she is was suppose to be watching Disney movies.
Who took her? For suspects we have A.J., a drunk and disorderly patron, Lonnie, the bouncer, Jean, April's lonely widowed landlord, and Bassam, a strange Middle Eastern guy with loads of cash. Throughout the chapters there are flashbacks of Bassam, a terrorist, his family and background; Bassam is drawn to April...AKA...Spring.

For me, once the Franny mystery is resolved, there was just no one to root for or care about.

RATING - 2/5 - Completed - 9/1/08

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