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The Dinner

A Novel
Koch, Herman (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, 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.
Authors: Koch, Herman, 1953-
Uniform Title: Diner. English
Title: The dinner
a novel
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,22 cm
Notes: Originally published in the Netherlands as Het Diner by Ambo Anthos, Amsterdam, in 2009 --T.p. verso
Summary: Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, 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.
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Sam
Alternate Title: Dinner
ISBN: 0770437850
9780770437855
Statement of Responsibility: Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Subject Headings: Amsterdam (Netherlands) Fiction Families Netherlands Fiction
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2012025626
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Feb 19, 2013
  • ssjhung rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I took this book because it is one of the 2012 best books by the Economist. It is an easy read and is fun to read; however, if you are looking for a serious literature or expect to be inspired or moved, it is not.

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