A Captivating Timeless Classic, Charming and Enchanting
- Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch
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
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER
An unforgettably powerful new novel of the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go - from the Number One New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto
'The book of the autumn. The American author of Commonwealth (brilliant) and Bel Canto (even better) releases perhaps her finest novel yet' - Sunday Times
'The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something' - John Boyne
"'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?' I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer." Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. 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. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings. Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. The siblings are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known. Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak,
The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale and story of a paradise lost; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives.
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.