Dreamhouse: Reviews

 "A real page-turner." (The Boston Globe)

 
"Dreamhouse is a masterwork where much is communicated by things unsaid and the landscape pulsates with the emotions of the characters, who move through it in a way even Lawrence might have envied." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"A short, vivid drama of marriage and love . . . a virtuoso performance." (The Sunday Times)

"The power of the novel is in its language, which is supercharged with sexual suggestion. Grenville's writing is adventurous thematically, sensual, ironic, and provocative." (American Book Review)

"Original in treatment, meticulous in detail . . . well crafted and intelligent." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Grenville's ability to create surcharged images seems limitless . . . the Gothic atmosphere she so deftly manipulates makes this a gripping psychological thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

"A very intriguing novel. If I had to use one word to describe this writing, it would be exotic." (Los Angeles Times)

"Psychologically acute and very tightly written . . . Ms Grenville's language has a powerful kinaesthetic energy." (New York Times Book Review)

"Grenville takes her characters off on a slow, grotesque dance through the heavy Tuscan summer she evokes so well." (Adelaide Advertiser)

"Perversely amusing . . . its vitality comes from the energy of its narrator." (Bulletin)

"Dreamhouse is an intense read from a major Australian talent." (Daily Sun)

"A work of considerable power, imagination and insight." (Sunday Mail)

"Black comedy . . . A sort of Cold Comfort Farm transposed to Tuscany." (Sun Herald)

"Fierce wit, dark perceptions of relationships . . . an impressive and disquieting book." (Barbara Jefferis, The Australian)

"A macabrely amusing and slightly shocking exploration of a sour relationship . . . Grenville writes adroitly about awkward situations with a wry sense of timing, and control of tone that are admirable." (Canberra Times)

"A unique and worthy novel from one of the Australia's newest literary stars." (Gladstone Observer)

"The novel is taut, confident, high-spirited: its author much more willing to take risks than most of her contemporaries." (The Age)

"A spellbinding and disturbing book." (Sun Herald)

"Kate Grenville's spare style seems to pulse with energy between the lines." (Weekend Australian)

". . . An impressive ability to create memorable characters and glowing imagery. Grenville has produced some of the best Australian writing of the year." (Gold Coast Bulletin)

"Dreamhouse is a major achievement, a beautifully-written lyrical novel. Grenville delights and surprises with her wit and her craft." (Courier-NM).
 

"Kate Grenville's writing in this novel is clear-headed, strong, both witty and humorous, and above all lifts the imagination high. It's a darkly delightful book to read - this writing has a wicked aplomb." (Australian Book Review)