The Dinner

The Dinner 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

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 conveAn 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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  1. 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 for some months, and lived in Finland for a while Nowadays he is married to the Spanish Amalia, and has a son, Pablo 1994.

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  1. 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 protecting the kids from their own actions their was no sense of personal responsibility, no remorse, no soul searching The narrator was a violent thug who just whined incessantly the whole way through [...]

  2. 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 the we are here to talk about our delinquent kids but it isn t going to go well scenario of The God of Carnage and why yes, i have only seen the film adaptation, thank you for askinge whole thing takes [...]

  3. 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 goingd yet I didn t hate the book itself I actually went back and forth about whether to give it three stars or four stars for quite awhile If it was possible I would give it 3 1 2 stars, so lets just say I did I am going to leave my revie [...]

  4. 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 , you will almost always see most ratings being 5 or 4 stars Even when it comes to divisive books like Fifty Shades of Grey, 60% of the ratings are for 4 or 5 stars Now look at the ratings for The Dinner There are an overwhelming number of 3 star ratings than any other And I get why This is the kind of book that you remember as b [...]

  5. The Wall Street Journal has tagged The Dinner as the European Gone Girl I beg to differ and I think that this book should appropriately be tagged the European Defending Jacob but hey who am I to question The Wall Street Journal The Dinner tells the story of two families, the parents of which meet each other over dinner one evening in an exclusive restaurant in Amsterdam At the heart of the story is a horrific crime which both sons within each family hold equal responsibility.Koch has managed to [...]

  6. 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 situation in which the narrator, through a long illuminating story, reveals to the reader the picture of what a secret contempt of all things weak or inferior formulated into an ideology and informing viole [...]

  7. This may have been one of the worst books I have ever read I will confess that generally I want to have at least one character that I like But it s not always necessary If the plot or situation enthralls me in such a way that I am compelled to keep reading, then I m happy to This book however, I kept reading because every review that I read and every recommendation I got from friends said how fabulous this book was I read to the end hoping it would get better I hated it I hated the fact that the [...]

  8. Update 3 July 2015 If you ve read the book and thought nothing like that could ever really happen, read the news It chilled me to the bone If you haven t read it, it s not so much a spoiler because the book is different Kind of.I have tried to be oblique but anything I say will ruin the book if you are going to read it, so view spoiler Say you have a terrorist in the family You see it on the news and then find irrefutable evidence in your own home Would you protect the person from the police Wou [...]

  9. Edit added spoiler alert per GR member request view spoiler Pretentious rot and Dutch version of Gone Girl only with sociopaths and food Unpalatable I know That was too easy And smug.Sorry hide spoiler

  10. I m a huge fan of books that explore how far we ll go for those we love, particularly our children When Hogarth Publishers agreed to send me the e galley of The Dinner I was ecstatic It s due to be published in the states in February 2013 This is a book that begs eating metaphors so I ll try to spare you but it won t be easy The Dinner is laid out in courses, from aperitif to digestif and is excellently plotted You learn early on that this dinner is not the typical happy family outing Brothers S [...]

  11. I thought about one of my favorite scenes from STRAW DOGS What would this artificial voice sound like if its owner were to be dragged into a barn by a pair of French bricklayers So drunk they could no longer tell the difference between a woman and the ruins of a cottage with only the walls still standing Would she still be shooting off her mouthThe sequel to GONE GIRL Two white, rich, soulless, violent sociopaths have a child and that child is growing up to become a soulless, violent sociopath a [...]

  12. Wow What a fun dinner experience that was Everything was going so well during drinks and appetizers Just a nice meal in a super fancy restaurant Luckily, Serge knew people since he was a politician and all, maybe even the next prime minister The first third of the book was just that appetizers, whetting my appetite for the delicious main course Pages and pages of beautiful descriptions, subtle humor, not so subtle humor, and casual conversation The whole book could have stayed right there and I [...]

  13. I can consider this one of the few messed up novels that amazed me by its darkness Some of the other ones were Gone Girl and Dark Places, so I guess I do have to agree with the blurb from Wall street journal stating that this is a European Gone Girl This is one of those circumstances wherein I m glad I didn t listen to the bad reviews, and the low overall rating of the novel Opinions vary, so stick with your gut If the novel seems like something you d enjoy, then don t hesitate to give it a read [...]

  14. I understand comparing a book to Gone Girl will push sales, so yay for that comparison plastered on every The Dinner reference But seriously, motherfuckers, this novel is like Flynn s Sharp Objects and, in my eyes, better than Gone Girl So let s stop talking about Gone Girl, even though I liked that book, because, you know, there are other books in the goddamn universe and I m trying to review one as we speak.The Dinner s main character is an angry, reflective guy out at a restaurant with his w [...]

  15. This is the book that should have said, If you liked Gone Girl And, after reading some reviews, maybe it did, and I just never saw it For me, this book is a top notch psychological thriller.Two couples meet at a posh restaurant for dinner, arriving to discuss some type of problem with their children The two couples are Paul, and his wife Clair, and Serge Paul s brother , and his wife Babette Paul is the single narrator of this story and he recounts much of his past as each course of dinner arriv [...]

  16. I enjoyed this, but a lot of the events weren t ever fully explained and that bugged me quite a bit It s definitely twisted and leaves a bit to the imagination, but it left me wanting unfortunately.

  17. The folks in this book got under my skin from the get go The pretentiousness was mind boggling These are people for whom it s important who arrives last for a dinner reservation, for whom appearance is all They meet at a restaurant that reminds me of The Emperor s New Clothes Will no one admit to the laughingly almost empty plates of unique ingredients And it goes downhill from there These aren t people you re going to like Those opening chapters give you an inkling of how these folks will deal [...]

  18. A delicious, twistalicious book you will want to devour A definite worthy contender for my TWISTER HALL OF FAME at booksbejeweled Sometimes things come out of your mouth that you regret later on Or no, not regret You say something so razor sharp that the person you say it to carries it around with them for the rest of their life Herman Koch The Dinner This is one of my favorite books in the domestic noir genre It is not a book for everyone It is biting, raw and the darkest humor you can imagine [...]

  19. Wow, lots to unpack here This is a novel that has been sitting on my shelf for several years, and I finally pulled it down in a good faith effort to read of the books I already own I don t remember why I was so interested in this that I bought a copy, so I skimmed some reviews to jog my memory I saw everything from 1 star to 5 stars from friends, with some very heated comments about the characters and the story It lowered my expectations, and I felt ready to tackle this book.But something funny [...]

  20. They say, do they not, that The Dinner is the European Gone Girl Mais non I say I threw GG at the wall after around page 100 with some force, but I finished The Dinner with a distinct smacking of the chops and dabbing of the napkin, so that s a big difference Both books are about extremely irritating people, it must be admitted But the plot swerves in GG are than a little ridiculous and there for the standard lo cal thriller effect, whereas I thought the disturbed and frankly nasty personalitie [...]

  21. IL CONTO NON PAGATO Il romanzo ha un suo percorso, ho attraversato fasi diverse leggendolo ho cominciato detestando abbastanza l io narrante, saccente oltre misura, uno di quelli che sembrano misurarsi quotidianamente con dio forse perch , come disse Woody Allen, se devi avere un modello da seguire, perch non scegliere il migliore pi o meno era cos , in un film di tanti anni fa, cito a memoria.Per , difficile superare il meccanismo d identificazione, e quindi, come all omodiegetico protagonista, [...]

  22. There s a bit too much on the menu in this wickedly fun psychological thriller from bestselling Dutch author Herman Koch.But he s such a good writer which comes through in the smooth translation , and his narrator is so savagely funny, insightful and demented that the entire thing goes down like an excellent meal with a slightly nasty aftertaste because of the subject matter.Two middle aged couples dine out at an expensive Amsterdam restaurant As they go through each extravagant, rather absurd c [...]

  23. The bestselling, Dutch translated novel The Dinner by Herman Koch is structured around a less featured trope a group of people gathering in a singular location Personally, I m a huge fan of this narrative element With only one setting featured, books and movies within this category naturally focus on character Psychological machinations are revealed moral complexities explored It can be a very effective plot device, but one that s potentially unappealing to the masses Despite my love for this tr [...]

  24. I couldn t wait for this book to be publshed in the U.S but I wound up being very disappointed in it To begin with, the character who narrates the book comes across as petty, childish, and irritating from the opening pages He was never a sympathetic character, although I believe he initially was supposed to be, in comparison to his brother The brother, a boorish, pompous and larger than life figure, actually had heart in the long run In addition, I didn t find it believable that these two coupl [...]

  25. This is a book that polarises opinion In some respects it could be viewed as being provocative, voyeuristic and dark in other ways it could be seen as being unpleasant and incredibly dull.I, for instance, love the movie Lost in Translation and consider it to be a masterpiece My wife, on the other hand, finds it ponderous and aimless As an inveterate people watcher, I love witnessing families having bust ups in restaurants and other public places, as long as I m not anywhere near them I also watc [...]

  26. The Dinner by Herman is certainly a quirky and entertaining read and if you like dark, quirky and different then this one may be for you I really enjoyed this novel, it certainly packs a punch.Take two families, a dinner setting and a couple dangerously delinquent sons and a very disturbing act of criminality that has shocked the nation and you have yourself the plot of a very well written novel.A word of warning Not every reader is going to love this one if you dislike stories with dislikeable [...]

  27. Onvan The Dinner Nevisande Herman Koch ISBN 770437850 ISBN13 9780770437855 Dar 292 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

  28. What a peculiar book The premise is interesting enough how far would you go, as a parent, to protect your child if you knew he she had committed a terrible crime In that sense, the book reminded me a bit of Defending Jacob In the latter story, I was frustrated with the parents for being so consistently naive In this book, I was frustrated with the parents for being so completely immoral and unlikeable.The layout was unique It is set up almost like a play, except it is organized into dinner cours [...]

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