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The Dinner - Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
The Dinner
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An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner.... show more
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.     Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.     Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780770437855 (0770437850)
Publisher: Hogarth
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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LindaLeest
LindaLeest rated it
4.0 Het diner
Als je een beetje rondneust in de reviews van dit boek, zie je vooral 3 sterren ratings.Deze 3 sterren ratings snap ik wel, na het lezen van hun reviews: ze vinden de karakters akelig, ze voelen er geen connectie mee, je kunt er geen sympathie voor opbrengen. Nou, dat is maar goed ook! Je moest je ...
Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it
3.0 The Dinner
Not a spoiler. Just a brief inappropriate rant, for no reason at all… This is only my second Koch. Not sure how much Koch is out there, but I think I liked my first Koch better. I don't know maybe one Koch is enough? Two Koch’s too many? Can there ever really be enough Koch? Depends on who you ask :...
One for the Books
One for the Books rated it
3.0 Holy Shit!!
This book was crazy!! It's not one of those books that's full of action but it is a mindF**k. The narrator was so unreliable, yet still he was interesting. I recommend this book but be prepared to not like anyone!! Old crazy ass family!! Except maybe Sergio...anyway I dont want to give away too much...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.0
The narrator's voice was wonderfully written -- highly unreliable and with snark to spare. I would have given the book more stars were it not for the implausible set-up. By this I mean: I find it hard to believe that anyone, let alone a highly public politician, would meet at a highly public and ter...
The Reading Perusals of Rose Summers
The Reading Perusals of Rose Summers rated it
4.0 Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch
Initial reaction: Whoa, this was a complex and intricate look at a very flawed group of individuals attending a dinner. I knew going in that I wouldn't like the characters, but I was fascinated by the story as it unraveled.Full review:"I'm not a man of too many faces,The mask I wear is one." - from ...
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