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by Herman Koch

  • Author: Herman Koch
  • ISBN: 192175852X
  • ISBN13: 978-1921758522
  • ePub: 1184 kb | FB2: 1833 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Text Publishing; English Language ed of Het Diner edition (2012)
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 719
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Now a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloë Sevigny A European Gone Girl. The Wall Street Journal An internationally bestselling phenomenon.

The Dinner (Dutch: Het diner) is a novel by the Dutch author Herman Koch. The book was first published by Ambo Anthos in 2009. It was translated into English by Sam Garrett, published in Great Britain in 2012, and the United States in 2013. The book became an international bestseller with many translations and has been adapted into three films. The story is narrated by Paul Lohman, a former history teacher.

In Herman Koch’s novel, two Dutch couples struggle with the hardest decision of their lives - over the course of one . The Dinner, the newly translated novel by the Dutch writer Herman Koch, has been a European sensation and an international best seller.

In Herman Koch’s novel, two Dutch couples struggle with the hardest decision of their lives - over the course of one meal. But of course in the Netherlands, the vituperative Austrian Thomas Bernhard remains popular, whereas in the United States he is the acquired taste of a cultish few. The success of The Dinner depends, in part, on the carefully calibrated revelations of its unreliable and increasingly unsettling narrator, Paul Lohman. Whatever else he may be, likable he is not.

It is a rather better book that acts as the model for Dutch author Herman Koch's The Dinner, which has sold . Like The Slap (2009), another novel to which The Dinner's publishers attempt to wed it in their accompanying blurb,.

It is a rather better book that acts as the model for Dutch author Herman Koch's The Dinner, which has sold more than a million copies across Europe. Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003) is still the best of a recent slew of literary works dealing with the impact of acts of violence on bourgeois family life. Kevin was not a nice book, and left many complaining about the lack of likable characters, but the moral heft of the novel and the cool, anthropological eye that Shriver turns on her dramatis personae lifted it a cut above its.

When Herman Koch’s The Dinner is released in the United States this week, it will have already sold well over a million copies. It will have already become a bona fide publishing phenomenon and a topic of spirited cocktail conversation. This is because it will have already been published in 15 other countries, with release in eight more on the way. The question now: can this Dutch literary sensation strike a chord in America as well? The Dinner has already surpassed perhaps the biggest barrier to success in the American market-finding a publisher. Commercial houses here are notoriously averse.

Translated by Sam Garrett. Atlantic; 311 pages; £1. 9. This month the book appears for the first time in English. FINE dining, at least in the West, is a drama in five acts. The arc moves from aperitif to digestif, from first course to dessert, the curtain rising with each unveiled plate. Mr Koch’s sixth novel is a psychological thriller about two Dutch families, each with a 15-year-old son. The boys have committed a horrifying act, which has been caught on camera. Grainy images of them cackling cruelly have been put up on YouTube.

Herman Koch (Dutch pronunciation: ; born 5 September 1953) is a Dutch writer and actor. He has written short stories, novels, and columns. He has acted for radio, television, and film. He co-created the long-running TV series Jiskefet (1990–2005). Herman Koch was born on 5 September 1953 in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Psychological Thrillers‎
net rider
(Spoilers) I don't think I've ever been so unsure about my reaction to a book. I really wanted to like this novel, but I found all of the characters so loathsome that it actually made the story rather unpalatable. There were aspects I did enjoy, which is why I would probably give it a 2.5/5 stars. I enjoyed some of the dinner banter, including the description of the manager and his pinky finger. There was a fair amount of suspense that kept me intrigued enough to keep reading. And while I'm certainly not one to need characters to be likeable, (I loved Wild and Gone Girl, both of which did not strive to create likeable characters), I found that the characters were so distasteful it actually bordered on the ridiculous and contrived. I also found myself wondering what kind of disorder makes people aggressive with sociopathic tendencies. Was that supposed to excuse the violent behavior? If not, what was this point? If what the author intended was a more tongue and cheek approach to moral dilemmas, then I think he did achieve that, but I think he does so at the expense of authenticity.
Tori Texer
Okay, whoa. This one was a doozy. It was not what I was expecting, in a good way. Every single character in this book is perfectly unlikeable as their most common traits are selfishness, opportunism and the ability to rationalize a litany of poor choices. The Dinner was dark and twisted and only got darker and more twisted as the page numbers increased. I think one of the reasons the actions and thoughts of the characters in the book are hard to swallow is that they’re all fairly realistic actions and thoughts. Everything in this book could have happened. And it’s in those small reactions and actions, and millisecond thoughts portrayed by the characters, in which you witness the devil in all of us. This book can be read in a sitting or two, and should be if possible, in order to be properly digested. It’s a wild ride through a hellish dinner with an entree of dark secrets and a dessert of violence. When you close the book, be prepared to sit for a moment - it’ll take a moment or two to hit your stomach.
The good: Well-written (though a few too many meandering asides).
The bad: The characters' moral choices made me absolutely furious, which greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book. I use "moral" in the sense of being decent human beings and citizens, setting a good example for one's children, and taking responsibility for one's actions. Both mothers bent over backwards to make excuses for their children's inexcusable crime, with one woman becoming a criminal herself to help her son. One of the fathers, who clearly crossed the line from sociopath to psychopath many years ago, fails to recognize this in himself and thus doesn't recognize it in the children either, and is also willing to make excuses. The other father is the only one who wanted to try to face up to the seriousness of the situation, by resigning from a high-profile political race. However, his motivation was unclear to me; did he reason that the truth would come out eventually and then he would have looked much worse, or was he actually trying to take some responsibility? Would the press conference have been only for his resignation, or was he going to also expose what the kids did?
The one interesting "twist" was that the fathers turned out to be the opposite of how they were initially set up. The repugnant political boor ended up wanting to take some sort of action to redress the situation, while his more civilized brother was actually a psychopath whose "apple" didn't fall far from the tree.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
January 24 to 26, 2014
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“Good Ole Dad”

Hmm...I am a reader of many genres. However, for the past several years I have read a lot of horror and some of it being a bit disturbing. I have not read any thing from King to Meikle or Strand to Saunders this disturbing and horrific.

Bad is bad. Good is good. Covered up bad (in my mind) does not equal good....and certainly does not equal a happy family. This book does present a moral dilemma that any parent could face, but most will not. The author must have had this idea that does sound cleaver at first thought, maybe a second thought would have prevented the matching of a light heart-ed very public dinner with such a shocking and private topic.

The dinner's various categorizes of the menu were suppose to match (I think) the conversation of these 2 men and their wives. I wasn't convinced of that. In fact for at least the first 35% of the book, I had no idea it was going to be such a true horror! These 2 couples had monsters for children, no doubt in my mind. Any one of any age would have seen that ATM booth and called the police. What they did was not logical. And then for responsible parents to cover something like that up. Not helping, people!! The parents were not helping their futures they were hindering the future of these two boys. Obviously these boys needed professional help and maybe even prison time. There was not even a mention of parental punishment, was there. And what was approved by Claire, the mother of Michel, good Lord, that woman was psychotic!! What...she knew something should have been done, decided this was the way to go, not even informing her husband??

Our narrator, Poor ole Paul...”Good Ole Dad” as Michel said a few times in the book, who started off in such a light-hearted upbeat way, sure turns the tables doesn't he. Paul is one of several characters in this book not to like. In fact there were no characters in this book to like. They were all scum-bags. I honestly do appreciate likeable characters in books I read. At least one or two.

There were a few things I wondered about. What exactly is this author trying to do in this book? Is he trying to promote a moral or political agenda? I mean if we know someone is going to be asocial, then should that life be eliminated before it's had a chance to be born? Paul obviously had issues. After the high school job, where did his money come from? At this point was Claire working? Paul mentions Claire not working and cared for her child with the support of Day Care, so she had 3 days a week for herself. What?? That alone is weird. No mother wants to take their child to day care 3 days a week, especially one that she knows_____(don't want to spoil here). So that whole set up was dysfunctional. Was Claire working then? What happened when Claire was in hospital and Babette and Serge came over and found the mess? Was it impossible for Paul to care for his son, even though he thought he could? And what about Serge's political ambitions. He just throws them away and then decides not to or what? The hitting, the scars, the beard. It's interesting, yes indeed, but it doesn't seem to come together to make any sense. Another issue is Serge wants to be in the public eye, but he doesn't want this event to be in the public eye...so he invites Paul and Claire to met him at a very public place where servers are always at the table and the public is there for pictures and if someone could catch a word Mr. Future Prime Minister (look out Mr. Rutte!) would say, it would be public knowledge soon. Why not meet in a private setting? That seemed odd to me.

What I don't know now is this, Was the book written poorly or did the author actually mean for the characters to be as idiotic as they were unlikable? I'm not sure, but I do know there is a lot of information that we do not know (see previous paragraph) and it could have been easily included in the story.

However, even the illogical and left out information,, I thought the book was a good read. Starting out as a nice dinner where we soon find out, is not such a nice dinner. One sympathizes with Paul at the beginning, thinking he really wants this happy family and thinks he has it. He thinks he can take care of his son and honestly thinks he's doing a good job. It's sad really, for Paul is out of touch with reality. I believe Clair knows this and feels she must cover up for him and their son. So then one has to ask themselves when is family right and when is it wrong. Looks like in this family and extended family, if you are on Clair's side you are right.

3 Stars for Goodreads and Shelfari and 4 stars for amazon. I might recommend this book, but I think I would be more inclined to strongly recommend certain people not read it.
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