Staff Pick --The Dinner by Herman Koch

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The DinnerOriginally published in in the Netherlands in 2009, "The Dinner" received high praise from readers and became an international bestseller before making its way to the U.S. early this year. The story is deceptively simple: Two sets of parents meet for dinner to discuss the recent misbehavior of their children. It is clear the kids have done something horrible, but no one is willing to broach the subject. Readers are forced to piece the hints and allusions together while constant interruptions and trivial topics prevent the full story from being revealed. The strange and disjointed tone is what makes the story such an interesting read. I found myself becoming simultaneously frustrated and fascinated when each chapter closed with just a hint of the real story, before returning once again to mundane dinner topics. As the revelation draws closer, the parents become more unruly, and the book becomes more difficult to put down. It makes for a fast read that will leave you reeling with shock and disbelief.

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The Dinner was dark, twisted and yet amazing

I enjoyed this book a lot. It's one of the deceptively layered books that keeps giving little glimpses of frightening truths about the people one loves. The Dinner was dark, twisted and yet amazing.