The Dutch House

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A story of love and drama for two siblings growing up in a house bigger than themselves in every sense of the word. Told in a skipping timeline through the eyes of the always naive younger brother, the story still flows, and the reader falls in love with the characters, flawed and sainted. A sure to be classic about family survival and sibling love.
An absolute masterpiece. An incredibly rich and insightful portrait of family dysfunction, love, social and economic anxiety (from multiple sides), told through flawed but likeable and admirable characters. Patchett continues to impress me: in my top five books for the year. Also, flawlessly narrated by Tom Hanks, the perfect Danny boy of the book.
"Do you think it's possible to see the past as it actually was?" Sometimes a concept is so simple you think you've read it somewhere before, but then an incredibly talented writer makes you think of it in a different way. What a beautiful book. I love everything Ann Patchett writes. T


his book is a masterpiece. It is so touching, about the love between siblings and between family.
Ann Patchett’s books are always so unique and interesting. This is especially riveting as it follows the members of a single wealthy, dysfunctional family whose relationships all seemed to revolve around a monstrosity of a house whose pretentiousness and symbolism were at the heart of everything good and bad that the family endured over some 50 years. It says so much about family loyalty, privilege and sibling relationships, especially in the light of parental neglect.
I really debated between rating this book a '3 star' or '4 star.' I am disappointed that it is not a '5 star' for me, as I anticipated. It is, after all, Ann Patchett. It's a given that it is definitely extremely well written and, as always, she has crafted a master 'people book' with the creation of strong characters. I simply didn't find it as compelling or captivating or intricate as her other novels.

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Guest a year ago

I think this was an amazing book with twists and turns from start to end with so many new characters along the way and the description was awesome and I could picture everything and everyone! Awesome Novel!

Guest 4 years ago

I greatly enjoyed this novel! Twists and turns, surprises with endings and beginnings. I could imagine each character and their lives as they grew

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