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Het Diner (Dutch) Hardcover – 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Anthos (2009)
  • Language: Dutch
  • ISBN-10: 9041413685
  • ISBN-13: 978-9041413680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dutch author Herman Koch's novel, "The Dinner", was published in Europe in 2009, then in the UK this year, and will be published in the United States in February, 2013. I ordered the book from Amazon/UK after reading about the buzz Koch's novel has created abroad. It deserves the buzz...

Set in a single night - with flashbacks - in an upscale Amsterdam restaurant, the voice of the novel is Paul Lohman. Koch tells the story of Paul's family - wife, Claire, and 15 year old son, Michel - as well as that of his brother, Serge, and his family. But he tells the story as a skilled chef would peel an onion, layer-by-layer. And each peel of the skin exposes another horrifying layer underneath. Characters who start out as likable erode as the secrets of the recent past are exposed. Other characters gain in stature as the central theme - what do parents - "good parents" - do as the bad deeds of their children horrify society? What are the differences between "enabling", "protecting", and "doing the right thing"? How can a "good" parent rationalise the actions of their supposedly "good" child? And, what do we owe society at large?

Herman Koch's novel is going to be a good centerpiece around which readers will debate the questions of "good" parenting as well as our on-going debt to society. In a way, it's a lot like Christos Tsiolkas's novel, "The Slap" or Lionel Schriver's "We Need to Talk About Kevin". Both examined how individuals cope with exceedingly difficult situations. If you liked those books, you'll like "The Dinner". And you'll be talking about it, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookmarker on December 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In plaats van naar de opera te gaan heb ik gisterenavond Het Diner één ruk uitgelezen. De manier waarop Herman Koch de verhouding tussen de twee broers beschrijft - zo verschillend, maar beiden verknipt - vond ik verrassend en fascinerend. Wat een plot!
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By A.J. Vis on February 23, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Mooie opbouwende spanning en de uitwerking van de hoofdpersoon is boeiend. Stap voor stap wordt zijn persoonlijkheid ontrafeld. Daarnaast het grote dilemma waar je als familie en gezin in terecht kan komen als er iets verschrikkelijks plaatsvindt.
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