The Dinner
by Herman Koch
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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 a... More

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A page- turner
I could not put this book down, I was drawn into the story at the onset. It is a story about two brothers Paul and Serge. They along with their spouses are meeting for dinner to discuss some trouble their sons have got into. The reader is not aware of this at first. You find out during the musings of Paul the narrator. The whole story takes place through the courses of the dinner. At first the reader is led to believe what a wonderful couple Paul and Claire are and how phony Serge and Babette are. Both their boys have been involved with a terrible crime. The story has many twists and turns that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I do think the end was rushed a tad bit. I found this book to touch all topics, sibling rivalry, parent / children relationships , prejudices and mental illness. It was a very thought provoking book and I would highly recommend it.