January Discussion - The Dinner by Herman Koch

  • January 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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About the book:

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.

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Nourishment

We always go to a restaurant to dine after the discussion so plan to join us for this.

 

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Please bring your item(s) and we will load up my car so I can take the items to the food bank.  Here is a link to the Harvest Hope Food Bank website which also contains a list of most needed items - http://www.harvesthope.org/files/Generic_food_drive_flyer.pdf


This is a popular group that usually has a waiting list. If you RSVP that you’re coming to the month’s book discussion, please do come (and read the book). If a member R.S.V.P.s, "yes" and doesn't show up without explanation, that member will be removed from the group.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm dying to know what you all thought about the book! If anyone has time, I'd love to know!
    Debbie

    January 23, 2014

  • Margaret K.

    I enjoyed it!

    January 23, 2014

  • Janelle

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed meeting all of you and discussing "the dinner". Looking forward to many more and joining the actual dinner post discussion! One out of two dinners ain't bad :)

    January 22, 2014

  • Christine

    I loved how the conversation sustained itself and we talked for the full hour.

    January 22, 2014

  • susan

    Hate that I missed you all.

    January 22, 2014

    • Loreen

      Susan I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I know how much your cat means to you and my thoughts and prayers go with you.

      January 22, 2014

    • susan

      Thanks ladies. See you soon

      January 22, 2014

  • Loreen

    Good to see you

    January 22, 2014

  • Jennifer C.

    My little guy is sick.

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so disappointed not to be able to come tonight but I'm not feeling well. I loved the book - read it twice and was so looking forward to the discussion! (So much to talk about!)

    January 21, 2014

  • Lorraine D.

    Sorry, but I did not have time to read the book. Hope to in the future - looks interesting

    January 21, 2014

  • Christine

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to meeting you all tomorrow night!

    January 20, 2014

  • Melinda

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it; I've been looking forward to this all month. I've had an emergency arise tonight.

    January 20, 2014

  • Mary

    I'm sorry I can't make it. My husband & I have another commitment tomorrow night. I was looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on The Dinner. See you next time.

    January 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    Please take a minute to update your RSVP if you find you can't join us next week. Also we will be going to Tupelo Honey after the discussion so hope you can all join us.

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Nicole S.

    I am sorry, I'd love to attend this club (and could not find any other local book clubs), but I work on Tuesday nights. Is anyone aware of any other options? Thank you.

    January 2, 2014

  • Judy A.

    Susan and Lisa, I've been in the hospital for over two weeks, so missed the emails. I look forward to the January meeting.

    December 23, 2013

    • susan

      Hope you are on the mend, missing you

      December 23, 2013

    • Lisa

      Hope you are feeling better soon

      December 31, 2013

  • Mary

    Any plans on where to eat afterwards?

    December 23, 2013

    • susan

      If you have an idea let us know

      December 23, 2013

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