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ISBN13: 9780770437855
ISBN10: 0770437850
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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 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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"This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners in the style of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller. The Lohman brothers, unemployed teacher Paul and politician Serge, a candidate for prime minister, meet at an expensive Amsterdam restaurant, along with their respective spouses, Claire and Babette, to discuss a situation involving their respective 15-year-old sons, Michel and Rick. At first, the two couples discuss such pleasantries as wine and the new Woody Allen film. But during this five-course dinner, from aperitif to digestif, secrets come out that threaten relations between the two families. To say much more would spoil the breathtaking twists and turns of the plot, which slowly strips away layers of civility to expose the primal depths of supposedly model citizens, not to mention one character's past history of mental illness and violence. With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life. Despite a few too-convenient contrivances, this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“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

Review:

The Dinner begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It's chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends — you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert…and then you still won't be done talking about it.” Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

Review:

"[The Dinner] proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world....The reader does not rise from his table happy and replete so much as stand up suddenly, pale and reeling. Bored with Fifty Shades of Grey and all that brouhaha? Read The Dinner — and taste the shock.” The Economist

Review:

“Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn’t let go.” SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

Review:

“Herman Koch has written a sneakily disturbing novel. He lures us into his story with his unfailingly reasonable tone (just acidic enough to be entertaining), and before we know it we've found ourselves in places we never would've consented to go. The Dinner is a smart, amiably misanthropic book, and it's tremendous fun to read.” Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

Review:

The Dinner is a riveting, compelling and a deliciously uncomfortable read. Like all great satire it is both lacerating and so very funny... Intelligent and complex, this novel is both a punch to the guts and also a tonic. It clears the air. A wonderful book.” Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

Review:

“What a tremendous book. I loved every single gripping and strange thing about it.” MJ Hyland, author of Carry Me Down

Review:

“By the end of The Dinner you'll have to rethink everything, including who you are and what you believe. This is a book you won't forget.” David Vann, author of Dirt

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 25 countries, and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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dreena, October 12, 2013 (view all comments by dreena)
A disturbing novel which raises many questions about the nature of evil and the monsters within...the stuff of nightmares.
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Barney, March 1, 2013 (view all comments by Barney)
Gripping story, almost as delicate as the food, as nimble as the choice of the main course, this book will not let you disappointed. Sometimes, the plot seems a bit far-away where Paul goes to describe his counters with Serge or what he feels about his son but all those bits and pieces finally fit together to reach the conclusion. They don't describe love for their children as loudly and as vividly as the restaurant manager describes the food but the subliminal care and the picturesque representation of the characters is what makes this book a stand out.
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Rosebud, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Rosebud)
A well-crafted thriller that at first appears to be about a very boring family. Paul can't stand his successful and smug brother, but they (and their wives) are meeting for dinner. As each course arrives, we readers also are fed: surprising tidbids, clues, background, family history. As we digest these insights and bits of information, we get more and more wrapped up in the family and what goes on behind closed doors. If you have ever said "I didn't see that coming," you will probably get hooked on this book. No wonder it is an international best-seller in more than twenty countries so far. I predict that it will be made into a movie very soon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780770437855
Author:
Koch, Herman
Publisher:
Hogarth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130212
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.9 x 1.02 in 1.0188 lb

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Product details 304 pages Hogarth - English 9780770437855 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners in the style of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller. The Lohman brothers, unemployed teacher Paul and politician Serge, a candidate for prime minister, meet at an expensive Amsterdam restaurant, along with their respective spouses, Claire and Babette, to discuss a situation involving their respective 15-year-old sons, Michel and Rick. At first, the two couples discuss such pleasantries as wine and the new Woody Allen film. But during this five-course dinner, from aperitif to digestif, secrets come out that threaten relations between the two families. To say much more would spoil the breathtaking twists and turns of the plot, which slowly strips away layers of civility to expose the primal depths of supposedly model citizens, not to mention one character's past history of mental illness and violence. With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life. Despite a few too-convenient contrivances, this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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 , The Dinner begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It's chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends — you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert…and then you still won't be done talking about it.”
"Review" by , "[The Dinner] proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world....The reader does not rise from his table happy and replete so much as stand up suddenly, pale and reeling. Bored with Fifty Shades of Grey and all that brouhaha? Read The Dinner — and taste the shock.”
"Review" by , “Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn’t let go.”
"Review" by , “Herman Koch has written a sneakily disturbing novel. He lures us into his story with his unfailingly reasonable tone (just acidic enough to be entertaining), and before we know it we've found ourselves in places we never would've consented to go. The Dinner is a smart, amiably misanthropic book, and it's tremendous fun to read.”
"Review" by , The Dinner is a riveting, compelling and a deliciously uncomfortable read. Like all great satire it is both lacerating and so very funny... Intelligent and complex, this novel is both a punch to the guts and also a tonic. It clears the air. A wonderful book.”
"Review" by , “What a tremendous book. I loved every single gripping and strange thing about it.”
"Review" by , “By the end of The Dinner you'll have to rethink everything, including who you are and what you believe. This is a book you won't forget.”
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