The Dutch House

The Dutch House

Book - 2019
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At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2019.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062963673
Branch Call Number: FIC Patch
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 21, 2020

THE DUTCH HOUSE will appeal to fans like me of slow, character-driven family sagas. I was initially intrigued by the gorgeous cover art, but once begun, I quickly found myself engrossed in the lives of siblings Danny and Maeve, who, along with the grandiose House, are at the heart of this drama. Much of this book’s appeal for me is due to author Ann Patchett’s nuanced writing and her ability to create complicated characters and a complex storyline while still producing a very readable story. With themes such as abandonment, family, loyalty, love, loss, and forgiveness, THE DUTCH HOUSE is ultimately about acceptance and letting go of the past. Although one may disagree with the characters’ choices and the ending, this book will stay with the reader long after it’s finished.

Jan 14, 2020

A sprawling novel that covers the lives of 2 siblings over several decades, The Dutch House is essentially about family, loss, and the trauma that is associated with loss. An excellent read, recommended if you enjoyed the author's previous novels, such as The Commonwealth.

Jan 12, 2020

Our book club read it. Various responses. One hated it--"Most boring book every." Some really liked it. I found the unfolding of the story through the characters artful. She told a good story and can turn a good phrase--the two things I look for in a book. I recommend it.

Jan 10, 2020

Crowd pleasing, a heritage stay put, no matter what. On virtues and traditions, prevalent as well as conflicting, the book presents the bearers with strong characters. Except a few pivotal moments which compelled me, I didn’t care much at the end.

Jan 09, 2020

Loved it. Couldn't put it down. They should make it into a movie or a mini series.

Jan 04, 2020

Also Jodie liked

Jan 04, 2020

Disappointing. Based on a ridiculous premise that an astute, extremely successful businessman would have such a frivolous plan for his wealth and home. It may be viewed as a modern Cinderella-type fairy tale but just not interesting enough.

HerrickDL_Laura Jan 03, 2020

This book is divided into three parts and is a quick, enjoyable read. The characters and setting are intriguing, and the plot twists and turns enough to keep the reader moving ahead.

Dec 29, 2019

I really enjoyed this. Plot-wise it was just about a family dealing with drama and their lives, but the writing and flow were perfect. It never felt like it dragged on, and before it could ever get boring she introduced a new hook. There was the occasional time I would get a little confused as to what decade they were now talking about, but overall it was great.

Dec 27, 2019

I loved this book. Have read all of her novels and I think this one is the best. I keep thinking about the characters and want to read it again.

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Jan 21, 2020

“Habit is a funny thing. You might think you understand it, but you can never exactly see what it looks like when you’re doing it.” - p.255

Jan 21, 2020

"Disappointment comes from expectation, and in those days I had no expectation that Andrea would get anything less than what she wanted.” - pp. 58-59

Jan 21, 2020

“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister…

“I see the past as it actually was, “ Maeve said….

“But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.” - p. 45

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'Home is so sad...It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back. Instead, bereft of anyone to please, it withers so, having no heart to put aside the theft. And turn again to what it started as, a joyous shot at how things ought to be, long fallen wide. You can see how it was: look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.' Larkin

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

'You think he was sleeping with Fluffy?' I asked her... The news of this affair came to me as most information did: many years after the fact, in a car parked outside the Dutch house with my sister.

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