A Captivating Timeless Classic, Charming and Enchanting
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First of, I have to admit that I had this book read to me. HarperCollins has produced an audio version, and I do hope it will find its way onto this website. Tom Hanks has done the honours, and he has done so as beautifully and as charmingly as ever. I am truly and positively enchanted. Secondly, I simply had to buy a paper ver... First of, I have to admit that I had this book read to me. HarperCollins has produced an audio version, and I do hope it will find its way onto this website. Tom Hanks has done the honours, and he has done so as beautifully and as charmingly as ever. I am truly and positively enchanted. Secondly, I simply had to buy a paper version. I love the portrait on the cover. And when the picture was finally featured in the novel (towards the end; I may have missed it being mentioned earlier), there was no way around it any longer, I had to have a hard copy. What's not to like about Ann Patchett? Not only is she a very good writer, she is also a colleague, as it were, as the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville. She seems to have done everything right in the Dutch House. "The Dutch House" is a timeless classic. It's set in the sixties and in the years running up to the turn of the century, but it would also work if it was set a couple of hundred years before our time or after; the time doesn't even matter. It's timeless like an old house, and possibly as steadfast. There's sadness, there's joy (remember "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"). A jewel, a treasure, pure gold. It also reminded me very much of "The Great Gatsby", although there are no glamorous parties at the Dutch House, at least not at first. What's not to love? (P.S. German translation "Das Holländerhaus" due to be published on June 2, 2020!)
The Dutch House
Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020
Lose yourself in the story of a lifetime - the unforgettable Sunday Times bestseller
'Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature' Guardian
Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020 A STORY OF TWO SIBLINGS, THEIR CHILDHOOD HOME, AND A PAST THAT THEY CAN'T LET GO.
Like swallows, like salmon, we were the helpless captives of our migratory patterns. We pretended that what we had lost was the house, not our mother, not our father. We pretended that what we had lost had been taken from us by the person who still lived inside.
'The best book I've read in years' Rosamund Lupton
'Her finest novel yet' Sunday Times
'The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something' John Boyne
'A masterpiece' Cathy Rentzenbrink
'Bliss' Nigella Lawson
Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with
The Magician's Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with
Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with
State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of
Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl.