House of Sand and Fog: A Comparison


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House of Sand and Fog: A Comparison
The novel House of Sand and Fog is a brilliant examination of the consequences that can arise when figures from two different cultures collide due to circumstances that are often beyond their control. Written by Andre Dubus III in 1999 and adapted as a major motion picture in 2003, House of Sand and Fog was prescient in its author and then director sought to explore what conflicts can emerge between the Western world and immigrants from the Middle East that has been played out in the real world from the events of September 11, 2001, to the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. While both the novel and the film adaptation are powerful meditations on the nature of cultural conflict seen through the prism of...
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.....ultural differences while the book makes them explicit.
The differences between the book and the film adaptation of House of Sand and Fog are important because they reveal the differing strengths of the novel and cinema and the contrasting tools they use to generate dramatic tension. First-person narration and character development is one way that Dubus uses the novel’s techniques to craft an effective narrative. Slow-motion flashbacks and foreshadowing are the tools used by Perelman to illustrate his adaptation take on Dubus’ book.
Dubus, A. (2000). House of sand and fog. New York: Vintage Contemporaries.
Perelman, V. (Writer) (2003). House of Sand and Fog. In M. L. Vadim Perelman (Producer): Dreamworks Distribution LLC (USA).