The Dinner

Sounds like a very deep work.

Raging Biblio-holism

the dinnerThe Short Version: Two couples get together for dinner on an Amsterdam evening.  Narrated from the point of view of one of the men, the meal progresses in fits and starts – all heading towards the topic that has brought them together, regarding their sons.  In the space of just a single meal, Koch explores the lengths we’ll go to in order to protect one of our own – and the limits of that same familial bond.

The Review: What a fascinating book.  You feel uncomfortable at the beginning, at least a little bit – but by the end you’re wholly wrapped up in it.  It’s… I think the word might be insidious.  We’re drawn into this tight, intense scenario and before we know it, we – the reader – are forced to choose a side, in a way.  But it sort of just happens.  It’s that sensation of…

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