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The Dutch House

af Ann Patchett

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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.… (mere)
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    Stillidsen af Donna Tartt (shaunie)
    shaunie: The Dutch House is in some ways a slimmed down, more enjoyable Goldfinch.
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    Stjernestøv af Neil Gaiman (Sandwich76)
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There are only so many books about white people families that you can read before you start to get an understanding of their limitations and [b:The Dutch House|44318414|The Dutch House|Ann Patchett|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1552334367l/44318414._SY75_.jpg|68864841] is - at it's core - a white people family book. But the eponymous house lends the book a sense of place and a gravity that is so often missing from lesser forms of the art. I got a real sense of what the house meant to the main characters and I appreciated the honesty with which the author told their stories. A good book, if not a must read. ( )
  eshaundo | Sep 13, 2021 |
; chosen by book club because of the setting nearby, it's not really about the house. Described as a dark fairy tale, the first two children of Cyril Conroy just can't let go of the past and the pain of their mother deserting them. Danny finally gets enough spunk to "follow in his Dad's footsteps" by buying properties to fix up and rent, as those were the happiest times of his life. Maeve just seems to float along, trying to mother and direct Danny, but not doing anything significant for herself. The house is described so well, but alas, it doesn't really exists in Elkins Park, Pa. It would have been lovely to visit. ( )
  nancynova | Sep 9, 2021 |
Very large mansion near Philadelphia sits at the heart of a long winded one family saga, including wicked step mother and a cold father. But, the saving grace is the writing style of Patchett. It is incisive, witty and very realistic about different thoughts expressed in very few words.
  MarilynKinnon | Aug 24, 2021 |
I like slow, character-driven books, but this was on the verge of being too slow. ( )
  Paperandkindness | Aug 12, 2021 |
Dan Conroy relates the three-generation saga of his family starting with the day his father, real estate developer and landlord Cyril brings his new girlfriend Andrea home to meet Dan and his older sister Maeve. Their meeting is stiff and formal. Dan wonders if his father had forgotten to mention to Andrea that he had children. But whatever her feelings about them might have been, clearly, she loved the house, a three-storey Dutch Colonial Revival mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, home to Philadelphia’s wealthiest merchants. Large portraits of the VanHoebeeks, the original owners hang in the drawing room, with eyes, Dan remembers, “that would follow a boy with disapproval no matter which of the sofas he chose to sit on.”

Dan and Maeve’s mother left them and went to India when Dan was so young that he has no memory of her. He’s content living in the big house with his sister, his father, and their servants Sandy and Jocelyn. He wonders how Andrea might fit into their domestic situation. He reflects:

“After her first appearance at the Dutch House, Andrea lingered like a virus. As soon as we were sure we’d seen the last of her and months would go by without a mention of her name, there she’d be at the dining-room table again, chastened by her absence at first and then slowly warming over time. Andrea, fully warmed, talked about nothing but the house. She was forever going on about some detail of the crown molding or speculating about the exact height of the ceiling, as if the ceiling were entirely new to us.”

Life does not proceed smoothly after Andrea becomes the second Mrs. Conroy in the tale of inheritance and succession, maternal deprivation, real estate development, resentment, revenge, and reconciliation. Family traits and roles are passed down from parent to child and aunt to niece. The strong bond and mutual support between brother and sister, their former servants, and other family members keep them afloat as the tide of their fortunes ebb and flow. This is a cyclical tale of riches to rags to riches, complete with an evil stepmother, told with realistic veracity by a master of the art. ( )
  MaowangVater | Aug 10, 2021 |
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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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