THE DINNER by Herman Koch takes place on a summer evening in Amsterdam. Two couples meet for dinner – brothers and their wives. They are friendly and polite in the beginning, but as the dinner goes on, the terrible events that had happened with their fifteen-year-old son’s and the police investigation that is happening come up, it turns this get together into something dark when the each couple show how far they’ll go to protect their child.
Throughout the dinner, which was a way for the brothers to discuss their boy’s behavior, each of the parent’s flaws come out; their weaknesses; their fears; their motivations; what their willing to do and how far they’ll go to for their son.
In the novel, you’re not simply reading about the events that had happened with the sons, we’re reading about the relationship between the brothers and the connections between the husbands and their wife. The book is deep and disturbing – especially when the crime is revealed – which makes you wonder why they’d even want to help in the first place.
I was given a copy of THE DINNER by Herman Koch in exchange for an honest review. It’s a good book – dark, disturbing, challenging at times, but the conflict set up around this dinner had me hooked. The version of the book I received was the ‘movie tie-in’ version, which is the same as the regular version but has the actors of the movie on the cover. After reading this, I’m excited to see how the movie plays out.
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