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  • Lesley A @Lesley4 Frant updated 1 year ago

    The Dutch House - discussion

    Seems ages ago that I read this but I really enjoyed this novel - a proper family saga. I found it engaging, well written and the story intrigued me so I kept the pages turning.

    I found the characters pretty easy to relate to and enjoyed the way the relationships between them ebbed and flowed over time. Thought the jealousies were well observed.

    So on the whole I rated the book quite highly. My criticisms are that I found the switches in time not particularly well done. Could be confusing. And I think the story was captured less well after the mother reappeared. It felt as though it drifted a bit then. Perhaps the author was getting bored or under pressure from her publisher to get on with it!

    What about the rest of you? How did you get on?
    • Reviewed by critics as a mystery and thriller , I found it mild, subtle and not as ‘fairytale’ as bo..

    • I can see why it was called a ‘fairytale’ but if that had come across too strongly I’d have run a mi..

    • I too found the book well written and the story interesting. I agree that the return of the mother w..

    • Yes, I get what you’re saying Clare. I think I enjoyed it quite a bit whilst I was reading it but it..

    • I didnt like the way it kept switching between eras in bite sized pieces- felt as if she didnt think..

    • Hello. I thought The Dutch House was well written and Ann Patchett made a good job of telling the st..

    • @Su... I agree Bel Canto was better. I haven’t read any of the others you mentioned. I wonder if in ..

    • I thought it was well written and original style. Found the mother's character a bit disappointing. ..

    • Thanks Viv. It’s interesting. We could all see the flaws in the book but by and large quite enjoyed ..

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Book club

This group is for people who like to read a book and discuss it with others. We will choose a book each month from titles suggested by members of the group. We will then return for an on-line discussion at a pre selected date which will be 6 weeks later. Important that we suggest books which are readily available, not too expensive, and not too long.

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