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The Dutch House: A Novel de Ann Patchett
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The Dutch House: A Novel (edició 2019)

de Ann Patchett (Autor)

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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 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.… (més)
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Títol:The Dutch House: A Novel
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The Dutch House de Ann Patchett

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Great audio version with Tom Hanks as narrator (Danny) . He seems to see and despise his own male privilege. His own thoughts include wondering why the women around him so readily accept less than they deserve or cannot see that they are more than they know or are given credit for. Loved the story of the house, the family, and the life musings through Danny's lense. ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
Great audio version with Tom Hanks as narrator (Danny) . He seems to see and despise his own male privilege. His own thoughts include wondering why the women around him so readily accept less than they deserve or cannot see that they are more than they know or are given credit for. Loved the story of the house, the family, and the life musings through Danny's lense. ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
‘’If you lived in Jenkintown in 1968 or went to school at Choate, chances were good you’d cross paths with most of the people there eventually, even if just to nod and say hello, but New York City was a wild card. Every hour was made up of a series of chances, and choosing to walk down one street instead of another had the potential to change everything: whom you met, what you saw or were spared from seeing.’’

Maeve and Danny are trying to find their way through a series of events that have marked their lives. Their mother disappeared, their father married again (all too quickly) and now they have been thrown out of their home by their stepmother (what an abominable word!). As the decades go by, we witness their strengths and weaknesses, their ability and determination to move on. But can you actually move on when the past is there to haunt you? Can you let sleeping dogs lie when you visit your old home to scratch the old wounds? Most of all, we witness the siblings’ extraordinary bond and affection at a time when everything changes all too rapidly.

‘’The houses on VanHoebeek Street were never entirely dark. People left their porch lights on all night, as if they were always waiting for someone to come home. Gas lights flickered at the end of driveways, a lamp in the front window of a living room stayed on through the night, but even with all these small bursts of illumination there was a stillness about the place that made it clear the inhabitants were all in their beds, even the dogs of Elkins Park were asleep.’’

I swear, Ann Patchett can write some of the most evocative nightly scenes you’ll ever read.

Exquisite. Moving. Poignant. Tender. Reflective. One of the finest novels I’ve read with two protagonists that renew your faith in the power of Literature to create characters that reflect our own hopes and struggles, that help us look into our own souls and face our own doubts. Maeve and Danny (but especially Maeve whom I ADORED!) show that you can allow yourself to be insecure and uncertain because we are humans after all. At the same time, giving up should NOT be an option. This is what Literature is all about and Ann Patchett executes that to perfection.

The Dutch House is an immersive literary triumph.

‘’Do houses ever die of grief?’’ ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Dec 1, 2022 |
In the economic boom following the Second World War, Cyril Conroy's real estate investments take his family from poverty to enormous wealth. With it he buys the Dutch House, a lavish mansion in the Philadelphia suburbs. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

Danny Conroy grows up in the opulence of the Dutch House. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. The siblings grow and change as life plays out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners, in the frames of their oil paintings.

Then one day their father brings home Andrea, a new stepmother. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives: exiled from the house and tossed back into the poverty from which their family rose, Danny and Maeve have only each other to count on.

Told across the decades with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a book for our times; of family, love, loss, and the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Nov 11, 2022 |
“We had made a fetish out of our misfortune, fallen in love with it.” ― Ann Patchett, The Dutch House

Quiet character-driven novel about siblings Maeve and Danny Conroy, whose mother left home when they were children. Set in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, their father is reserved, and their stepmother despises them. They go through rough times, experiencing the ups and downs of life over the course of fifty years. They rely heavily on each other. They constantly revisit their past, repeating destructive patterns, making it difficult to live a fulfilled life.

The story is told from Danny’s adult perspective. It explores the childhood trauma of abandonment, how memories get tangled over time, and how acting on a sense of obligation or duty can change a life. There is a subplot related to materialism. Some characters chase money or status, and these are contrasted against altruism and a desire to minister to the poor. The writing is elegant. The characters feel authentic. The house is a recurring image throughout the book.

I listened to the audio book, read by Tom Hanks. He is a fantastic reader. His phrasing patterns are unique, and it flows well. I am rapidly becoming a fan of Ann Patchett. This is the third of her novels I have read – the others are Bel Canto and State of Wonder. I very much enjoyed all three.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Patchett, Annautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bilardello, RobinDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Frappat, HélèneTraductionautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hanks, TomNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you'd been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you're suspended, knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.
Sandy and Jocelyn served champagne at the reception, wearing matching black uniforms with white collars and cuffs that Andrea had bought for the occasion. “We look like matrons at a women’s penitentiary,” Jocelyn said, holding up her wrists.
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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 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.

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