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ISBN13: 9780385346856
ISBN10: 0385346859
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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 scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. 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.

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.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.

Review:

“[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection…absorbing and highly readable.” New York Times Book Review

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“Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.” The Washington Post

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“The best part about The Dinner was this tension taking place above the plates. As the meal wore on, I realized I couldn't get up from the table.” Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR

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“Koch’s ability to toy with the reader’s alliances while using one family’s distress to consider greater societal ills gives the novel a vital punch.” Daily Beast

Review:

“A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness….Koch’s slow revelation of the central crisis is expertly paced, and he’s opened up a serious question of what parents owe their children, and how much of their character is passed on to them…a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances.” Kirkus

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“This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners…before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller….With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life…this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again.” Publishers Weekly

Review:

“Every detail…manage[s] to catch our attention when Herman Koch uses them to develop his curious characters and bring us into the dark and thought-provoking plot.” Seattle Post Intelligencer

About the Author

Herman Koch is the author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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bugzna2000, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by bugzna2000)
Wow, what a unique read. The entire book revolves around two brothers and their wives who meet for dinner to discuss their boys’ problems and try to make a difficult decision that can change the course of their lives. A disturbing book that I could not put down. It was dark, it was suspenseful, it was strange, it was attention grabbing, it was thought provoking. It kept me guessing right to the end. Highly recommend but not for those who like uplifting, light reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385346856
Author:
Koch, Herman
Publisher:
Hogarth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131029
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.82 in 0.66 lb

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Product details 320 pages Hogarth - English 9780385346856 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection…absorbing and highly readable.”
"Review" by , “Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.”
"Review" by , “The best part about The Dinner was this tension taking place above the plates. As the meal wore on, I realized I couldn't get up from the table.”
"Review" by , “Koch’s ability to toy with the reader’s alliances while using one family’s distress to consider greater societal ills gives the novel a vital punch.”
"Review" by , “A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness….Koch’s slow revelation of the central crisis is expertly paced, and he’s opened up a serious question of what parents owe their children, and how much of their character is passed on to them…a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances.”
"Review" by , “This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners…before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller….With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life…this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again.”
"Review" by , “Every detail…manage[s] to catch our attention when Herman Koch uses them to develop his curious characters and bring us into the dark and thought-provoking plot.”
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