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3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It should have been a perfect summer, but for Louise and Rennie their dreamhouse is the stuff of nightmares. Kate Grenville's extraordinary, disturbing novel evokes the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life.
Published October 2nd 1987 by Viking Books
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Mar 13, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreamhouse is the third novel by Australian author, Kate Grenville. Set in Tuscany, in the village of San Giorgio and later, Milan, the story is narrated by Louise Dufrey. Louise and her husband Reynold are in Tuscany on the invitation of a colleague of Rennie’s, Daniel, so that Rennie can complete his dissertation, “Malthus and the Doctrine of Necessary Catastrophe”. They are to stay at one of his villas, but, after a bizarre encounter with Daniel’s children, Hugo and Viola, find that the villa ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Bookish rated it liked it
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This was an intriguing & disturbing book. There was a lot of ambiguity about the relationships between Rennie, Louise, Daniel, Hugo and Viola. The marriage between Rennie & Louise seems on the surface to be civil, but it is clear that both are unsatisfied, and Louise in particular lashes out in passive aggressive ways against Rennie. The strange dynamic between them and their hosts (Daniel & his children, Hugo & Viola) alternates between stilted & awkward and oddly sexual. ...more
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May 25, 2014 Josie rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I found it quite raunchy for a book written in 1986.
Perhaps a little clunky, and even quite uncomfortable to read in the way it screamed "leave him" in places. But all in all I enjoyed it.
Apr 15, 2015 Leanne rated it liked it
2 words came to mind the whole way through "sticky" and "grubby". Pleased about the ending. Quite a strange book.
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Apr 02, 2013 Heather Gordon rated it really liked it
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Kate Grenville has a gift for story telling and building tension in an unusual and compelling way. Incisive, clear and edgy writing. I loved this book.
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Remember reading this in a day when I was off work sick in Sydney.

Must re-read!
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Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known authors. She's published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian's Story (details about all Kate Grenville's books are elsewhere on this site). Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the ...more
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