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The Dinner

The Dinner

  • Title: The Dinner
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  • ISBN : 9780770437855
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 292 pages


On a summer evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner At first, the conversation is a gentle hum of polite small talk the banality of work, the latest movies they ve seen 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 fif On a summer evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner At first, the conversation is a gentle hum of polite small talk the banality of work, the latest movies they ve seen 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 When the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows 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 is an internationally bestselling phenomenon that will leave you breathless


Author Herman Koch

Herman Koch 1953 is known as a television producer and a writer The book Het diner , published in 2009, was his breakthrough in the Netherlands It was published in 17 countries It was partly based on a true story involving a homeless woman named, Mar a del Rosario Endrinal Petit, in Barcelona Spain , in December 2005 Koch was born in Arnhem, and later moved to Amsterdam He studied Russian




The Dinner Reviews (31)

  • Hated this book It felt contrived and stilted I didn t like any of the characters I couldn t identify with any of them None of the dialogue was believable The situation was farcical why would you go to a super expensive, elite restaurant to talk about such a private matter The whole book was about p [..]

  • I really detested every character in this book with the exception of Serge, him I just disliked I hated the ending with every fiber of my being I found myself wanting to put it down numerous times, and I felt physically ill when I realized where the ending was going.and yet I didn t hate the book it [..]

  • so this is probably a safe bet for people who liked Gone Girl in other words, not you, richard but it is not nearly as twisty and satisfying as g.g., methinks it has the moral bankruptcy of Gone Girl, the shallow people, banal small talk and heavily done descriptive elements of American Psycho, and [..]

  • That s the oppressive thing about happiness, the way everything is out on the table like an open book When you look at the rating details for every widely read book on Goodreads, you will almost always see most ratings being 5 or 4 stars Even when it comes to divisive books like Fifty Shad [..]

  • It occurred to me by the end that this is a fascist novel Not in the sense that the author is fascist or anything of the sort, but rather like pointing to a certain book and recognizing that it s a feminist novel, or a queer novel, or a Southern novel, or what have you In The Dinner we have a situat [..]

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