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The Dinner

A Novel

Koch, Herman

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Dinner
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"A European Gone Girl ." -- The Wall Street Journal 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. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 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. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 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.

Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780770437855
9780385346856
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Sam

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Mar 28, 2014
  • thelibrarylisa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are seeking light fare, this book is not for you. This is a dark and disturbing tale told by an unpalatable narrator. The book is written beautifully and presented much like a gourmet meal, with each course becoming more complex. Koch successfully builds suspense through each course of the meal much like a chef would hope to build anticipation.

Although I did not enjoy the plot or the characters, "The Dinner" is an impressive piece of writing with well developed characters and unique perspective.

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