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Het dinerN finally touches on their children As civility and friendship disintegrate each couple shows 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 is an internationally bestselling phenomenon that will leave you breathle This is a gourmet treat with a bite I have to confess I don't have a lot of patience with those who dismiss this book simply because of the unlikeable characters Of course it goes without saying that anyone's reason for not liking a book is valid You're allowed to not like the book for this or any other reason But if you need likeable characters and a comeuppance for all bad characters well frankly you are in the WRONG SECTION OF THE LIBRARYAhem Now that I got that out of the wayThe book is clever created in the framework of a dinner at a fine dining restaurant The sections of the book follow the courses from Aperitif all the way to Digestif It takes place in Amsterdam in an overpriced hoity toity restaurant with two couples who are there to discuss their misbehaving sonsThe narrator is funny snarky and is our tour guide through the evening Koch uses delightful sleight of hand throughout the book until the final reveal of what's what and who's who He turns the reader into a voyeuristic snoop I mean don't we all thrill a little when watching a nasty scene erupt at someone else's table No Just meThere are a few weaknesses here worth mentioning I found it a little hard to believe that the couples would decide to discuss their sons in a public place given the 'delicate' subject matter Also there are biological explanations given for bad behaviour that I didn't 100% buy Later I came to realise that the syndrome described in the book is a metaphor for pathological entitlement which gets passed down from parent to child by a lifetime of examples But Koch's writing was strong enough to make me take a morsel and then another and before I knew it I'd finished all courses a pretty happy customerMany compare this to Gone Girl From where I sit this book borrows from Crime and Punishment shining a light on the moral elitism of those who believe they can decide that some lives are worth than others The entitlement of some people to do as they please regardless of the conseuences Those who respond with a frightening smile or laugh in the face of a ghastly deed done to someone who deserved it And even chilling enabling the next generation to be this wayIt's dark and it's awful but it didn't take my appetite away I'm sure to read by Herman Koch

doc Het diner

Het diner doc ´ Hardcover read Ä ❴Ebook❵ ➩ Het diner Author Herman Koch – On a summer evening in Amsterdam two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner At first the conversation is a gentle hum of polite small talk the banality of work the latest movies they've s On a summer evening in On a summer evening in Amsterdam two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner At first the conversation is a gentle hum of polite small talk the banality of work the latest movies they've seen But behind the empty words terrible things need to be said and with every forced smile and every new course th so this is probably a safe bet for people who liked Gone Girl in other words not you richard but it is not nearly as twisty and satisfying as gg methinks it has the moral bankruptcy of Gone Girl the shallow people banal small talk and heavily done descriptive elements of American Psycho and the we are here to talk about our delinuent kids but it isn't going to go well scenario of The God of Carnage and why yes i have only seen the film adaptation thank you for askingthe whole thing takes place over a single dinner with each section of the book corresponding to a course in the meal the participants are two couples; a pair of resentful brothers and their wives and the occasion is not a festive one but a sit down to discuss the horrific crime their sons have committed together whether to tell the authorities and how this will impact the one's plans in his campaign for prime minister of the netherlandsthe restaurant itself is a nightmare the kind of place you have to wait three months for a table unless you are serge lohman beloved prime minister to be and they serve you mostly plate and insist on telling you all about the ingredients and from whence they came and how the little baby calves were petted and loved until they were turned into sweetbreads so the story becomes this juxtaposition of the violence of their children against the trappings of the entitled bourgeoisieoh greg is going to be so proud of mebut it's an odd little book maybe it is the translation but it is very stilted whose characters seem like when aliens wear human faces and not just because of how reprehensible some of them are in their little moral cesspool the storytelling itself is very skewed there are amazingly minute details about the food and its cost but it gleefully glosses over the important stuff which is coy and intentional but frustrating for the reader who really wants to know what psychological disorder our increasingly unreliable narrator suffers from as the story goes on the tension escalates and with every course as the waiter's finger comes closer and closer to the food as he relentlessly describes every element on the plate you can feel the simmer of the unspoken building to a boilthere is a lot of violence in this book there is the crime itself but there are also numerous flashback stories and memory seuences where violence is alluded to and then celebrated in ever increasing swathes of confession while still doing the coy thing the discreet turn away from the camera when it comes time to make with some of the detailsultimately the book is about protecting family vs doing what is right but right in this case is subjective and two of our subjects just don't have the same compass as us; they have a nick and amy compass so things are going to get roughit's perfectly good it just didn't make me see starsbon appetitcome to my blog

Herman Koch ë Het diner epub

E 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 When the dinner reaches its culinary climax the conversatio Say you have a terrorist in the family You see it on the news and then find irrefutable evidence in your own home Would you protect the person from the police Would you get together with your family to discuss the situation and all of you agree that further crimes will need to be committed by the family in order to protect their loved one Would you encourage these crimes and even commit them yourself Would you do all this in the certain knowledge that the person will do it again and again and again if you protect them Shock horror right But we see it must be happeningWhat about if it was your son and he was a killer We all know this happens in gangs too We all wonder if it is what happens in the families of serial killersThis is a hypothetical book one of conjectures It leads you slowly through the action at each stage asking you to uestion yourself do you find this acceptable would you do this yourself what kind of moral action do you expect or not from private and public citizens It asks where responsibility lies and how much nurture v nature is responsible for our ethical conduct It is an onion book slowly slowly peeling the skin and the layers until you get to through tears the seed the seed which could grow and form a new generation A book of horrors It's a what if book and one very apposite for the timesI started to read the book in print but it was very slow indeed Later I understood why there was such a need for a big build up but it was hard going and I gave it up for the audio book which had a wonderful narrator that brought the character of Paul the raconteur and only voice of the story to life At first I thought the ending a psychological excuse was a cop out but then without it the book would have not involved the narrator and his wife uite so intimatelyPeople have said that the characters were not likeable true Well generally that does make it hard to enjoy a book but not this one If the characters had been likeable it wouldn't have been a 5 star read because then they would have been like us and this is never going to happen in our lives I hopeIf you've read the book and thought nothing like that could ever really happen read the news It chilled me to the bone If you haven't read it it's not so much a spoiler because the book is different Kind of Rewritten 23rd Nov 2019