Ann Patchett: The Dutch House



Of mother father stepmother siblings wives sickness college marriage divorce emotional attachments abandonment sadness hope past future is exuisitely impactful As the story moves along the house feels like another character I came to see the house as synonymous with family heartbreaks and heartwarming Patchett s storytelling is bighearted and smart It s one of those books that seems to be alive with a beating heartbeat Ann Patchett is an expert at exploring psychological depths beneath the surface of her characters Every character was easy to imagine Ann Patchett shared what sparked her narrative for The Dutch House She said The Book really started with me thinking about a person who didn t want to be rich There s so much celebration around money and I thought what if somebody just wanted to walk away from it all I began thinking about the repercussions of one person s decision how one person s decision really changes the path of so many lives When Danny and Maeve lost the house she couldn t get over it And I think that s true for a lot of us Something has happened in our lives and even if our lives go on to be uite wonderful we hang on to the hurt 5 fabulous stars 45 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 sometimes so 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 much complex it represents everything they lost To 25 starsDanny 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 uestions What does forgiveness look like Does forgiveness mean you allow toxic people back into your life Is that healthy What is reuired of the persons who did you wrong I have my own thoughts about these issues but you ll have to read the book and decide for yourself Commonwealth is one of my favorite books and this was one of my most anticipated books of the year The first 75% was riveting reading But the story took a turn that I found unrealistic and ridiculous I can t say without spoilers but I m glad I could vent to my reading buddy Marialyce I ve tried to discern the author s purpose in writing this book and it either escapes me or it s one I can t buy into I received a copy of the book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review for our duo review of this and other books please visit Reading Road Trip 2020Current location Pennsylvania Swear to God you really were that boring The night my book club discussed Ann Patchett s Bel Canto some ten years ago I clutched my copy of that novel to my chest like a companion animal and huffed and puffed away defensively every time a woman in the group grumbled so unbelievable and that ending Who were they those wenches to speak ill of a book I adored about love and opera Later on various telephone calls my sister another devoted reader and reviewer freuently gave the beast a poke belaboring yet again my recommendation of Bel Canto to her Why had I recommended this far flung tale of messy plot points and undeveloped characters to herHarrumphThen came the night at book club when we discussed Patchett s State of Wonder I was so stricken with jungle love I was practically sitting there with my Pinot Noir burning up with malaria When one of the ladies mentioned the COMPLETELY IMPLAUSIBLE ending I felt a small flutter of doubt in my heart yes it s true the ending was bad but but but The jungle Okay there was the scene with that id and that scene on the dock that made absolutely no sense but but The jungleSo I started The Dutch House with a big smile on my face I even purchased a new hardcover copy almost unheard of for me and jumped right in to Patchett s characteristically readable prose and her memorable one linersOooooh a mansion Well that s as appealing as an opera house or a jungle that holds the promise of sexBut the doubts came uickly with this one Why were the two protagonists siblings Maeve and Danny just sitting outside the house like two cardboard cutouts Why weren t we ever getting inside their heads instead of having the story narrated TO US Was I ever going to Mit 60 Jahren um die Welt know these two people Was this like a playWait wait why were they still sitting there but two pages ago they were teens and now one is married and the other is graduated and working now Wait wait he hasids But I never even Le mouton noir et le loup blanc knew him toiss a girl Was this like a play about time travelAnd then when the 53 year old father Cyril Conroy dies and leaves his two motherless children without a will well folks I CRIED FOUL I looked right at my book and declared NONot only was Cyril Conroy a REAL ESTATE MOGUL worth God English Unlimited Level 2 Coursebook Special Edition Saudi Edition knows how much money one of his best friends was a LAWYER who not only had drawn up a very detailed educational trust for hisids but Mr Conroy being the owner of so many buildings in Pennsylvania and New York was in fact so legally minded that he once paid a man from the American consulate to meet their mother s ship in Bombay He d mailed the divorce papers and the man took my mother straight to the consulate and had her sign them in front of a notary And get this the next line is ALL VERY LEGAL page 288 in case you re interested in detailsCyril Conroy was nown for being a stickler the type of man who crossed his i s and dotted his t s This was not a man who would be remiss in having his lawyer draw up a very thorough will for his motherless childrenTo uote Maeve from the book Did that really happen To uote Danny from the book Are you making this up As far as I am concerned the entire premise of this story is tragically flawed right from the start The novel in my opinion also makes the mistake of being approximately 100 pages too long and suffers from almost no real character development As readers we are TOLD everything like a Greek tragedy narrated aloud We SEE almost nothing here but two manneuins sitting in a car exchanging some clever dialogueI will tell you this I will not be the reader with stars in her eyes when my book club discusses this one This was an absorbing read even though the narrator was infuriating self absorbed oblivious selfish and annoying It follows two siblings Danny and Maeve and their childhood home The Dutch House across decades with a mother who disappeared an emotionally distant father his new wife and her daughters and eventually Danny s wife and children There is an epic feel to this novel but it is also an intimate portrait of siblings who have found home in each other when they are failed by the adults who were supposed to nurture them Patchett is a formidable novelist She takes such care with her storytelling She creates an indelible sense of place and the narrative does some interesting things with chronology. Des 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#1 New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna  Today  Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book |  TIME  Magazine's 100 Must Read Books of 20.

Ann Patchett Æ 9 Summary

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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 Danny is our narrator and from a young age we are let into his thoughts and the actions of the other charactersDutch House a house that their father bought to surprise their mother is as much a character in this story as are the actual characters It is the cause of much of what happens here a house with huge window that allows one to see all through the house We follow not only the house itself but the brother and sister as they grow through their triumphs and losses Sibling strength and family loyaltyIt is a novel of obsession but also of acceptance and forgiveness The end in a way comes full circle but not without much heartache and loss There were a few things that sparked the doubting Thomas in me but all in all this is a wonderful readAnother read with Angela and Esil and though our ratings do differ a bit we all enjoyed this novelARC by Edelweiss 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 as I never feel lost or confused as she managed the time transitions so deftly The other major hallmark of Ann Patchett is her development of amazing characters and relationships Maeve is Danny s older sister of 7 years she is very intelligent a diabetic caring to the extreme for her brother and a character that fascinates and frustrates at times Danny is much emotionally reserved and his development into adulthood is interesting to watch While he takes advantage of top class education in medicine he can t shake his love for his father s business in real estate Their mother is a memory having left them when they were young and the story starts with their father bringing Andrea home to visit Andrea eventually becomes his wife their new mother and the force that shapes the future relationships within the family Mothers were the measure of safety which meant that I was safer than Maeve After our mother left Maeve took up the job on my behalf but no one did the same for her It s not too long before Andrea s own two daughters become her sole focus and ambition and the existing family and staff are unwelcome reminders of a past she wasn t part of Andrea is dispassionate harsh and greedy and heir to the Dutch House mansion Early in the marriage It also seemed pretty clear he had married the wrong woman If we all ept to our own corners it was easier for everyone After only a few years of marriage their father dies and leaves the house and business to Andrea who repays his memory by putting both Maeve and Danny out to never set foot in their home again This starts an obsessive periodic pilgrimage for Danny and Maeve where they return to the street to sit in a car parked across from the Dutch House and gaze at it recalling memories and wondering how life would have panned out if only The emotional baggage they carry together drives them forward but also restricts their successes and paths taken The psychological burden of seeking happiness and fulfilment while tied to past commitments and motivations is cleverly layered throughout the storyWhat I had difficultly with was that I didn t feel any great pace in the novel and at times wished it would move along in a compelling rate The house while a connecting point didn t really have any character and increasingly the story is told away from it It may be suggested that the house is the central aspect of the story but I would disagree feeling it appropriate to consider the deep caring loving and supportive relationship between a brother and sister growing up with only each other to depend on and if that connection in itself had a restricting effect on how their lives developed Their real mother returns to the story very late in the book and I just found her motivations and supposed wisdom very difficult to accept and jarred so much that it left a frustration with the novelI would recommend this book and I d like to thank Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an early ARC copy in return for an honest review Ann Patchett s latest novel proves to be a absolute delight to read with its echoes of the darkest of fairytales with the reuisite wicked stepmother in the form of Andrea We are provided with Patchett s acute understanding and een 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 older sister the bright and determined Maeve a woman of substance who takes on the mantle of caring and protecting him Cyril brings Andrea into the lives of Maeve and Danny and goes on to marry her Andrea with her children is driven by ambition that inform her behaviour and decisions catalysts for how events pan out in the house and family interactions until Cyril s dies leaving Andrea with everything Andrea reacts by throwing Maeve and Danny out The siblings are pushed out of their privileged and comfortable lives finding themselves facing a life of poverty and challenges with only each other to rely on Maeve dedicates her life to Danny at the expense of her own life and ambitions with both positive and negative outcomes although their future lives are to be shaped by their constant obsession with the house and their inability to let go of the pastPatchett writes a compulsive novel of family sibling relationships secrets memories that can so often turn out to be unreliable coming to terms with what life can throw at you grief loss love and forgiveness It is beautifully written with rich atmospheric vibrant descriptions and with Patchett s stellar and skilful characterisation and development she has an uncanny capacity to give us pictures of emotional and meaningful depth of her characters interior lives This is a brilliant thought provoking multilayered complicated and well crafted book infused with a wryness and humour that made it such a memorable read Many thanks to Bloomsbury for an ARC So close From the New York Times  bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings the house of their childhood and a past that will not let them go The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost a tour de force that digs deeply into uestions of inheritance love and forgiveness of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really areAt 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

O 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 version 4 stars Audiobook 5 stars Let s rounded 45 up to 5 celebration of master story telling starsI started to read the book and I was about to give four stars Please don t get me wrong I love the writing and those vivid characters I was about to give million slaps to one of them Yes EVIL STEPMOM ANDREA I m talking about you But slow pace and too many jumping between time lines a little exhausted me But as soon as I learned Tom Hanks is on the board I stopped reading and I started listening to the book with a huge smile on my face Danny and Maeve will always stay on my mind and heart as amazing siblings Their mother abandoned them Actually she was another version of Mother Theresa and she rejected to live in a mansion when too many poor people suffer out there so she left the place She still loved her husband and she didn t intend to leave her children Her belief as social responsibilities always come first even it means to neglect her own family is irritated me so much I m not uite fan of this character But thanks God we have evil stepmother to hate And their father passed away when he was only 53 They both lost their parents at young age but what they didn t now they would be also homeless with great scheme her stepmother dearest had planned details with her lawyer She got the control of the business of their father and she got the Dutch House to live with her two daughters So she Writers on heels kicked her stepids out She even tried to prevent Danny take money from trust fund for his education because Danny chose an expensive school and her own daughters couldn t get the highest education they need if all the money would spend for Danny s needs At least her attempts were stopped by their father s lawyer this time I think Andrea deserved a special place in hell but in my opinion hell would be like a spa treatment for her So all the losses they suffered Mistida keep united this brother and sister against the entire world They became each other s priorities and supported each other for every big life decisions Maeve helped him to connect with his future wife even they didn t get along for a long time and resented each other They grew up but they resumed going to the Dutch House and stopped their cars in front of the place waited to see any activity around or inside and they left THAT BECAME THEIR ROUTINE FOR YEARS like visiting an old relative they check randomly to make sure she still aliveYears passed they got old They resumed going back thereTill one day their mother returned back and reuested them to drive her to the house and finally she bangs on the door to meet with Andrea That is the beginning of some endings The house was like a living and functioning organism marked the milestones of the sibling s lives and changed them forever Past and future combined with sadness regrets resentments sister and brother s devotion marriage nostalgia childhood memories unfinished businesses yearning for real and functional family life decisions As the life moved on two siblings a special piece of their hearts always stayed with that house buried there even they thought they moved on but they couldn t Because house gave them hope that one day their mother could return House made them grow up earlier House made them connect with their maids nanny also mistress of their father and many childhood happy memories Even they veicked out they have never left the place and the house never left them too It left a vulnerable scar on their mind and soul It always stayed with them till the end of their livesAmazing story telling remarkable characterization and best narrationbloginstagramfacebooktwitter The Dutch House is a family saga that centers around siblings Danny and Maeve Their father strikes it rich and buys a lavish mansion Every Step (Music, Love and Other Miseries, known as The Dutch House as a surprise for their mother and that event reverberates with repercussions for everyone in the family andicks off a five decade long storyThis is my first Ann Patchett book and I ve heard amazing things about her and this book so I tore into it with gusto And I was hooked from the first page I found the characters and the writing to be riveting and was thoroughly enthralled with where this story was going But then about a third of the way into it a big turning point happened And after that well I didn t really see the point of the story any The writing remained interesting but the characters and their actions stopped making sense to me The story The Heat Wyatt kind of fizzled out and then limped along without a clear narrative for the rest of the book Usually even if I don t connect with a story I can still guess what the author is trying to say but in this case I am stumped Perhaps it s the message that forgiveness isey no matter how egregious the wrong But that doesn t make sense to me so I honestly don t nowThe writing was still compelling enough that it helped carry the story through to the end so I was never bored But the last two thirds shambled along without momentum or purpose and was utterly unmemorable It feels like I read a short story that reached its conclusion and then it continued on for 200 meandering pages 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 reading the Audiobookso I purchased the Audiobook as well TOM HANKS was FLAWLESS in reading this novel Man he made this book come alive Tom was so darn good it was easy to be fooled that he was reading his own memoir Mixing a gifted author with the enormously talented actor is like finding a FRUIT LOOP in a bowl of CHEERIOS Danny did eat Cheerios for breakfast in this storyTom Hanks as narrator cast as Danny Conroy delivers Ann Patchett s novel s as if he is Danny Hank disappears and what we are left with is this bright funny idguy DannyDanny s devotion to his sister Maeve 7 years older than him is deeply moving Their relationship is major and memorable Danny was innocent uniformed unenlightened incognizant in ways yet when it came to his sister Maeve he new about her than anyone He was always looking at her observing her loving her immensely loyal to her The story of my sister was the only story I was meant to tell says Danny The Dutch House is a brother sister psychodrama about wealth loss of family sibling loyalty anger desire resentment love forgiveness etc Danny and Maeve grew up in a luxurious mansion outside of Philadelphia nown as the Dutch Housenamed for previous owners cigarette moguls of Dutch heritage The details of the house the descriptions of the rooms the cook housekeeper the family complexities. Is 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 lovesThe 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 unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futuresSet over the course of five deca.

Jeanne RayShe 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 imaginationPatchett 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