The Dinner by Herman Koch

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 polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. 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.

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. 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.

 

Synopsis from Amazon.com

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  • Kevin

    Hey Alex,
    Looking for Geek Love at Amazon and see two different versions. One by Katherine Dunn and one by Mechele Armstrong. Which one creeped you out so much? I have to read anything that caused that much of a reaction :-)

    August 1, 2013

    • Alex M.

      The former. It was returned to my 'grab a book' pile in the breakroom at my office. I'll bring it to you.

      August 1, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Hey kids, I'm going to do my best to be there but I disco'd my shoulder Monday and I'm still in a lot of pain. If I'm up to it,you'll see me. I liked the book and it should provide an interesting discussion!

    July 31, 2013

    • Kevin

      That's a bummer Tom! You will be missed. If you do make it, be sure to bring enough pain meds for the group :-)

      July 31, 2013

    • Tom R.

      I'm afraid my meds have me crapped out. C u next time. Boo hoo

      July 31, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hey gang,
    I have had a long day and had to skip lunch. Because of that I am going to splurge on my diet and hit up Manuel's Tavern before our meeting; probably about 6:00. If anyone wants to join me for dinner or drinks - come on by. I know it is last minute so I won't be offended if you can't make it. ...therefore, if your intent is to offend me you will have to do it here or at the discussion :-)

    July 31, 2013

    • Wayne

      I'll have to offend you at the discussion. I just left work myself and will be lucky to make it down there on time...there's a chance I'll be a bit late tonight unless traffic is miraculously light.

      July 31, 2013

    • Dawn

      Thanks for giving those of us who can't make it to Manuel's another opportunity to offend you. I'm relieved!

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hey, it's got more 15-year-old boys at the center of the plot!

    June 27, 2013

    • Wayne

      I'm guessing we're veering from the odd/nice boy types of Kafka and Ethan and into psycho territory here...

      June 27, 2013

    • Dorothy E.

      Yes we are. It is called the making of a psychopath.

      July 31, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Hey- I'd love to read the Interestings (last month's book), if anyone would be willing to lend me their copy...

    July 31, 2013

    • Tom R.

      And mine was Kindled!

      July 31, 2013

    • Kevin

      Mine is Audible but I can make some CDs, if you'd like.

      July 31, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Yes! I will order the book right now- I promise.

    June 27, 2013

    • Wayne

      Great! But who are you? We used to have a book club member named Alex, but she would actually come to meetings. We're in need of a replacement named Alex, so I believe you should suffice. :-)

      1 · June 27, 2013

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