The Dinner by Herman Koch


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.

My thoughts:

Let me just start by saying that I finished this book last night about 9 hours ago and I woke up grumpy and still can’t get over my disappointment in this book.  I heard so many good things about it…. “You wont be able to put it down”… “It will keep you in suspense the whole way”…. blah, blah, blah.  It did keep me in suspense, in fact I’m still in suspense because there was no delivery in this book.  This could have been such a great book because the story line was good, however the author did not give it justice.  My pet peeve is a book with a bad ending, so you can imagine how I felt when I was half way through the book, totally bored and basically began skimming through the pages just to get to  (what I read in reviews) a great ending.  But guess what!?  The ending absolutely sucked.  I’m sorry to be so negative about this book but when I spend money to read a book that has had such great reviews which swayed me to end up purchasing it before it is available at the library only to have it waste hours of my time… I become cranky.  Well onto the next book, I’m in need of a rebound LOL!

Have any of you read this?  Do you feel how I do?  It seems like everyone else, from the reviews I’ve read, enjoyed it very much.


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