Saturday, May 9, 2020

At Home with “The Dutch House”

Cover of novel

We are still Stay at Home Order until May 15th. Nothing to complaint and trying hard to enjoy home activities during this difficult time.

To date, the Louisiana Health Department reported 30.855 positive cases of Covid-19 and 2,154 people in this state have died, an increase of 19 from yesterday.

Reading is one of my favorite activities. Even I prefer to read news, articles, and nonfiction, I love to read novels.

I read “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett.

This novel is about the magnificent mansion and the strong bond between two sibling that grown in this mansion.

The mansion is known as the Dutch House. It was build by the Netherlands-born vanHoebeeks, then this mansion was bought by Cyril Conroy to his wife, Elna, before their children were born. 



Ann Patchett, the author of The Dutch House
(Credit: Ann Patchett).

Cyril Conroy bought the house with all furniture, including the paintings of the previous owners, and the Conrays never take down those paintings.

The two siblings are their children, Maeve and Danny. Their mother, Elna, disappeared (escaped to India) and she left them. They were grown in this house.

The story begin when, Maeve and Danny' father bring a woman, Andrea, to their home, then Andrea become their evil stepmother. Andrea also brought her two daughters in to the house.

How the stepsisters talk and treat to Maeve remind me to my favorite fairy tales. Then they are exiled from the house by their stepmother.

The story set in suburb Philadelphia after Wold War II.

The good one from this book is, exactly like I want, well ending :)

The most interesting, in case you do not have time to read this book, let the award-winning actor Tom Hanks read it for you.


The audiobook of the Dutch House is available, so we still can enjoy this story while keep doing our activities. 

76 comments:

  1. Uy lo tengo entre mis pendientes. Gracias por la reseña, te mando un beso y te me cuidas

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  2. This sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for sharing, Evi. p.s Have you watched the movie Still Alice ? It's a pretty good one. (A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. )

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      I will watched it. Seems an interesting movie.

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  3. It is a great idea Evi, to chronicle your readings in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. You always manage to make good reviews and stimulate us to these readings, for which I am grateful to you, friend.

    Super big giant hugs of such huge.

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  4. Thank you, Evi, for telling about the interesting book! I wish I read this novel too.

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  5. Interesante. Aquí en Monterrey también seguimos en casa, saludos y cuidate amiga.

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  6. Great book. A big hug from Spain, all together we will stop this virus!!!

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  7. Sounds like a good read, and the book cover is very attractive!

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  8. The title of the book intrigued me and made me curious ... I will order it too, I have to read it!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Have a great Sunday, Evi!
    Hugs!

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  9. Spero che anche per te, passi presto questo doloroso periodo.
    Buona lettura e buona domenica,silvia

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  10. ¡Gracias, Evi, por contar el interesante libro! Definitivamente lo leeré, buen domingo.

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  11. Bom dia:- Acredito que seja um livro muito interessante de ler. Fique feliz
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    Um domingo feliz
    Cuide-se... Proteja-se.

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  12. of course - there is nothing to complain about ☺
    unfortunately the book is not in my taste
    greetings
    Lili

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  13. This book sounds very interesting. I need to check it, thank you for sharing.

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  14. I need to check the book out.

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  15. The Dutch House sounds like a lovely read. It is great to know that an audio book is available.

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  16. Gostei desta resenha. Preciso ler esse livro
    Um domingo feliz e abençoado
    Beijinhos e sorrisos

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  17. Das klingt nach einem tollen Buch. LG Romy

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  18. Interesting book Evy, I love reading too. I hope you can soon leave your house. Greetings Caroline

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  19. It seems to be a very interesting book. I also like happy endings.
    Happy Mother's Day

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  20. Nie znam tej książki ale to bardzo ciekawa propozycja.
    Trzymaj się Evi ciepło, zdrowo i bezpiecznie:)

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  21. Sounds like Cinderella, a fairy tale. I even saw the movie years ago.

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    1. Non ho letto questo libro ma se continuano le restrizioni causa covit 19 non potrei nemmeno uscire per comprarlo.
      Sperando in tempi migliori ti saluto e ti abbraccio (con guanti e mascherina😊.)

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  23. it sounds like an interesting book, although maybe a little too upsetting for me! It's good you will be getting out of the restrictions soon - here they have lifted a lot of them and it's been nice to do more things and travel further!

    Hope that you have had a good weekend! We had a picnic on Saturday taking advantage of the relaxed restrictions, and then had a lovely Mother's Day :)

    Away From Blue

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  24. I am at 55th day Stay Home Order. The order is more relaxed now but still with some restriction. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  25. I am glad, that we have a great garden. So we can stay a little bit outside.
    Have a nice week <3

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  26. I take note of this interesting novel and I agree with you in organizing this time of confinement, leaving a space for reading.
    Have a good start to the week!

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  27. No faltan distracciones en casa, la lectura, la música y las películas, siempre son unos buenos acompañamientos.

    Besos

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  28. thank you for nice recommendation dear Evi
    novel sounds great specially theme of the story at beginning resembles to Cinderella ,my favorite fairy tale :)
    i too love happy ending
    stay well and healthy and enjoy your reads

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  29. Parece un libro interesante. Besitos.

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  30. Thank you for the review, I would love to read this masterpiece

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    Shades of Silvie

    Have a lovely day 🌷

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  31. It looks like an interesting book.

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  32. I prefer to read nonfiction too! But that's a great read advice!!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  33. It is not my type of book but thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Una verdadera tragedia la que estamos viviendo en todo el mundo, la lectura es una de nuestras mejores maneras de olvidar un poco tanta desgracia, espero estes bien, cuidate mucho.

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  35. De momento tengo mucha lectura pendiente, pero tomo nota para más adelante. Gracias.

    Abrazos.

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  36. Las ciencias son las únicas que nos pueden sacar de esta pandemia

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  37. i don't know this book but it looks interesting :)

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  38. Gracias por la atención de la visita ...malos tiempos .
    Saludos

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  39. I don't know this book. We are still on full lockdown in Scotland but some things have eased in England!

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  40. I loved this book. Ann Patchett never disappoints me.

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  41. Oh this sounds good! It also sounds like it would make for a good series in NF. I am currently reading a book by Teresa the L.I. Medium LOL.

    Allie of
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  42. Lo pongo en mi lista de lectura, pues parece muy interesante. Un beso y feliz noche 🌈🌈🌈

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  43. Interesting review

    Kisses
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  44. I love reading alot and this lockdown has intensified my reading habit and I will definitely check out this book based on your review

    Glowyshoe's blog

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  45. Wonderful Post - Philly Is A Tough City - Especially Back Then

    Cheers

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  46. Great post! Thanks for the information! Stay safe! 🌈🌈🌈

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  47. I like read books.
    Thanks for sharing ❤️

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  48. Great post :)
    „Zapraszam także do siebie na nowy post - KLIK

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  49. Many thanks for this review …

    All the best Jan

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  50. We, in Russia, also continue to sit at home and slowly go mad. Thank you for sharing a new book for me

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  51. Dziękuję Evi za opisanie tej książki. U nas ta książka ma tytuł- "Dziedzictwo". Kilka lat temu przeczytałam "Asystentkę magika" Ann Patchett. Ann pisze książki, których nie można zapomnieć! Są wspaniałe!

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  52. Interesante Evi. Yo ahora estoy leyendo La Reina Roja.
    Cuídate.
    Un abrazo.

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  53. Sounds great! We also stay home as much as posdible, stay safe and healthy everyone!

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  54. Very interesting book, great cover :)

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  55. I didn't know this book but sounds inteeresting, I'm pretty sure I'd appreciate it!
    Here in Italy the lockdown is (finally) loosen but we keep try to stay at home as much as possible and many shops are still closed, so there's still plenty of time to reading!
    XO
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  56. Sadly this situation has taken too many lifes everywhere and I am still wondering when it will end.
    The book sounds very interesting, I have never read anything by this author.

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  57. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the recommendation.
    Amalia
    xo

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  58. Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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  59. Hola Evie sí me recuerda a los cuentos de mi infancia aquellos que incluían una madrastra malvada y como comodin llevaba 2 hijas incorporadas!je!je! pero una cosa nunca me ha gustado aquello de comprar una casa con muebles y cuadros incluidos eso me da terror!🤩!

    Besotes y abrazos inmensos!!

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