The Dutch House




      The Dutch House
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.The story is told by Cyril s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self assured 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 It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they re together Throughout their lives, they return to the well worn story of what they ve lost with humor and rage But when at last they re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever protective sister is finally tested. New Download [ The Dutch House ] By [ Ann Patchett ] – heartforum.co.uk

Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home Home is the stable window that opens out into the imagination Patchett attended high school at St Bernard Academy, a private, non parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley She later attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she met longtime friend Elizabeth McCracken It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.In 2010, when she found that her hometown of Nashville no longer had a good book store, she co founded Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes the store opened in November 2011 In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

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  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • The Dutch House
  • Ann Patchett
  • English
  • 23 July 2019
  • 0062963678

10 thoughts on “ The Dutch House

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    So close to be a masterpiece, a dysfunctional family story starts in this humongous, grandiose mansion, where ex inhabitants had died and left their belongings including their portraits hanging on the walls and it ends there as we move back and forth between the timelines to read the story narrated by Danny, second child of the family But please go and order an audiobook because TOM HANKS is fantastic, impeccable, meticulous narrator Yes, he is our Danny boy So as a result paperback So close to be a masterpiece, a dysfunctional family story starts in this humongous, grandiose mansion, where ex inhabitants had died and left their belongings including their portraits hanging on the walls and it ends there as we move back and forth between the timelines to read the story narrated by Danny, second child of the family But please go and order an audiobook bec...

  2. Angela M says:

    4.5 starsSometimes in a novel, a place is such a strong and integral part of the story that it deserves as much attention as if it were a character The house in this novel exerts so much influence over the lives of the characters, sometimesso than the other people in their lives The house, with its big windows and ornate design is a symbol of success for Cyril Conroy, the self made real estate developer To his wife Elna, it is everything that is wrong with the world, when so many others 4.5 starsSometimes in a novel, a place is such a strong and integral part of the story that it deserves as much attention as if it were a character The house in this novel exerts so much influence over the lives of the characters, sometimesso than the other people in their lives The house, with its big windows and ornate design is a symbol of success for Cyril Conroy, the self made real estate developer To his wife Elna, it is everything that is wrong with the world, when so many others have nothing To their children, Maeve and Danny, it is where they live As adults, it s muchcomplex it represents everything they lost To Conroy s second wife Andrea, it s a possession she has to have Narrated by Danny, the story moves back and forth from the...

  3. Paromjit says:

    Ann Patchett s latest novel proves to be a absolute delight to read with its echoes of the darkest of fairytales with the requisite wicked stepmother in the form of Andrea We are provided with Patchett s acute understanding and keen observational insights of what it is to be human, the complex nature of family and the dysfunctional dynamics that proliferate Shortly after WW2, Cyril Conroy s life catapults from poverty into wealth which propels him to buy the architectural jewel that is the Ann Patchett s latest novel proves to be a absolute delight to read with its echoes of the darkest of fairytales with the requisite wicked stepmother in the form of Andrea We are provided with Patchett s acute understanding and keen observational insights of what it is to be human, the complex nature of family and the dysfunctional dynamics that proliferate Shortly after WW2, Cyril Conroy s life catapults from poverty into wealth which propels him to buy the architectural jewel that is the Dutch House with its many windows in the Pennsylvania suburbs for his wife, Elna, a house that is to splinter his family apart As the narrative moves back and forth in time through five decades, the house turns out to be an integral part and trigger for the dramas that ensue, the highs and the lows Danny grew up with little memory of his mother who left so early in his life, and his father is a distant figure, contributing to the strong bond with his o...

  4. Diane S ☔ says:

    Patchett is way up there on my, can t wait for next novel, list Her characterizations, her insight into flawed families and her wry observations of human nature, are always top notched In this, her soon to be published novel, she follows a family for five decades, a family that is broken apart, for reasons that I cannot at this time share Brother and sister, Maeve and Danny, are extremely close, not unexpected since they are the only ones that are there for each other through thick and thin Patchett is way up there on my, can t wait for next novel, list Her characterizations, her insight into flawed families and her wry observations of human nature, are always top notched In this, her soon to be published novel, she follows a family for five decades, a fa...

  5. Peter says:

    Attached The Dutch House is a story of siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy, their obsessive connection with the iconic family house they lived in as young children and how their lives unfolded over the years The story is narrated by Danny over multiple non linear time periods The various time jumps and reflections back to important events felt like a jigsaw puzzle being built, where there is the uncertainty of the next piece but once it is placed, the complete picture becomes clearer and clearer Attached The Dutch House is a story of siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy, their obsessive connection with the iconic family house they lived in as young children and how their lives unfolded over the years The story is narrated by Danny over multiple non linear time periods The various time jumps and reflections back to important events felt like a jigsaw puzzle being built, where there is the uncertainty of the next piece but once it is placed, the complete picture becomes clearer and clearer This is a wonderful skill Ann Patchett possesses and you never feel lost or confused as she manages the time transitions so deftly The other major hallmark of Ann Patchett is her development of amazing characters and...

  6. Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters says:

    E book own and Audiobook own , narrated by Tom Hanks Having read and loved other books by Patchett, Commwealth , Bel Canto , State of Wonder , This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage , and Run , plus all the raving early reviews I was looking forward to reading this And now I ve joined the choir with other readers and friends singing This is a wonderful novel I pre ordered the ebook months ago soon to learn that my High School boyfriend haha Tommy Hanks was E book own and Audiobook own , narrated by Tom Hanks Having read and loved other books by Patchett, Commwealth , Bel Canto , State of Wonder , This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage , and Run , plus all the raving early reviews I was looking forward to reading th...

  7. Michelle says:

    What a freaking masterpiece this is Let s begin with prior to reading this book, I was impartial on books by Ann Patchett I previously had only read Commonwealth and liked it, but it wasn t something I would climb to the top of a mountain and yell about This book is.I m not going to get into the summary because I went in as blind as I could I requested an ARC on NG and EW purely on the fact that it was Ann Patchett and I LOVED the...

  8. JanB says:

    2.5 stars Danny and Maeve are siblings who can t overcome their past Abandoned by their mother at an early age, Maeve, the oldest, assumes the mother role Everything changes further when their emotionally distant father marries the evil stepmother and the children are cut out of their inheritance The pain, bitterness, and anger shapes their personalities and their future How do they move past such a childhood My questions What does forgiveness look like Does forgiveness mean you allow 2.5 stars Danny and Maeve are siblings who can t overcome their past Abandoned by their mother at an early age, Maeve, the oldest, assumes the mother role Everything changes further when their emotionally distant father marries the evil stepmother and the children are cut out of their inheritance The pain, bitterness, and anger shapes their personalities and their future How do they move past such a childhood My questions What does forgiveness look like Does forgi...

  9. Rincey says:

    Just punch me right in the heart next time, Patchett It d be faster.See my full review here

  10. Esil says:

    Awfully close to 5 stars The Dutch House is full of the stuff I love in fiction It s really well written, has great characters, is original and feels like a big meaty story I could get lost in Danny is the narrator He grew up in the grandiose Dutch House with his sister, Maeve, and his father What happens to his mother is a mystery that unravels over time But the fallout from her disappearance is a very strong bond between Danny and Maeve, and a cascade of emotional and other consequences Awfully close to 5 stars The Dutch House is full of the stuff I love in fiction It s really well written, has great characters, is original and feels like a big meaty story I could get lost in Danny is the narrator He grew up in the grandiose Dutch House with his sister, Maeve, and his father What happen...

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