Friday, November 1, 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch

An international Best Seller, recently published in the U.S. in March 2013, The Dinner is the latest psychological thriller that everyone is talking about.  So I read it, and now I understand why! I'm describing it to patrons as in the genre of Gone Girl and Defending Jacob, but better written. 

Set in The Netherlands, Serge is poised to become the next Prime Minister. He and his wife summon his younger brother Paul and his wife to dinner at a pretentious restaurant. Their mutual children, 3 boys, have been up to some trouble, and the future P.M. wants it handled in a particular way. Course after course of fussy, over managed food arrive, as the foursome talk around the issue. The reader is intrigued as the facts of the (awful) incident are slowly and only partially revealed. 

A riveting read with a conclusion that I'm still not sure I understand. I hope to read it again, and Judy Levin will be offering it as her December 11th book club read!

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