The Dinner

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Atlantic Books, Aug 1, 2012 - Fiction - 300 pages
14 Reviews

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened...

Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

This book really sucks you in. After taking a break for a while, I felt the need to pick it up again. The characters are very complex, and the author does a masterful job of weaving past and present into the fabric of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - VashonJim - LibraryThing

Fascinating story. Taut and gripping despite a lack of physical action. Builds slowly to a climax surrounding a horrible crime committed by two children. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Herman Koch, born in 1953, is a Dutch writer. He was a renowned television actor on the series Jiskefet and a former columnist for the newspaper Volkskrant. The Dinner is his sixth novel and has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. Herman Koch currently lives in Amsterdam.

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