Monday, April 10, 2017

The Dinner by Herman Koch: Review

I was sent this book through Blogging for Books.  Please see below for additional disclaimers.

How Much is it?
The Dinner can be found for $7.19 on Amazon, here.

What's it about?
"An internationally bestselling phenomenon, the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.

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 scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. 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.

Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy."

First off, I prefer the movie tie in cover over the original cover.  I do not really know why, it just seemed to pull me in more.

Personally, I could not get into this book at all.  I just could not connect with the story or the characters.  I cannot give an honest review in regards to the whole story, as I was not able to finish it.  I may give the movie a chance in the future, but for now this was just not for me.

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