Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Dinner by Herman Hock
Publisher:  Hogarth
Pages:  292

One evening in Amsterdam, two brothers and their wives get together for dinner at a fashionable restaurant. The evening begins with the usual casual conversations but leads to a very intensive conclusion.  

Each couple has a 15 year-old son who are untied in a very horrible act and as the dinner goes from appetizer to dessert we learn what the parents will do to protect their sons from themselves.  

My Opinion - Publishers Weekly gave this a starred review and called it a "cunningly crafted thriller", I did not find any of the characters likable and all were deeply flawed.  The story at times was hard to follow and contrived.   The manager of the restaurant in his effort to please the couples, explained every morsel of food that they were receiving and this did not add anything to the story but became an annoyance to me.   The mystery/conflict of the story was only, in my opinion, interrupted by the manager and his meal dialogues.

Not my favorite book.

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