Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 2: Forgiveness

In part two of this comparative, the theme of forgiveness will be discussed.  Ann Patchett has written these two novels, summaries below,[i] to deal with sibling relationships.  What sibling relationship doesn’t have the element of forgiveness woven intricately throughout it?  Of course, this process can be dealt with in different ways, and Ann Patchett recognizesContinue reading “Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 2: Forgiveness”

Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond

When I first started reading Ann Patchett’s writing, it came from the buzz surrounding her books, specifically, “State of Wonder.”  I felt like the people I spoke with who had read her books were filled with excitement when they spoke about her.  Without hesitation, the response from a reader of hers is a response ofContinue reading “Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond”