"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street JournalAn 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... show more
"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street JournalAn 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 scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. 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. 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.Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content
Publish date: November 5th 2013
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Paul and Claire meet his brother, Serge and his wife Babette, for dinner one evening to talk about their children. Serge is running for Prime Minister and wants to do damage control. The other three have other ideas. The story is told in flashbacks of the relationships and events of Paul's life....
3.5 starsI don't know what to say about this book. Everyone in it seems to be crazy. I didn't know what was going on at first. Now that I've finished I don't know how to rate it. It's a weird story, but it's uniquely weird. I just don't know. This book is an experience for sure.
The most remarkable, and frustrating, thing about this novel is the fact that it takes place over the span of one dinner — hence the title. Our main players are two married couples, all with worries and dark motives and problems to work through. Paul is the main character; The Dinner is narrated by ...
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 ...
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 :...