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"The Dinner", by Herman Koch

We will be discussing "The Dinner", by Herman Koch.  The Formal Discussion will begin at 7:30.  

NOTE:  this is a Book Voting Meetup!  Voting will be concluded by 7:30, so come earlier than that if you want to help choose our next four books.  Please nominate books (up to three) on our message board, here.

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An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.

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 scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. 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.

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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  • Mark L.

    Wish I could have stayed for the whole discussion -- it promised to be a very interesting one!

    July 8, 2014

  • Susan A.

    Just came across Stephen King's 2009 profile of Raymond Carver. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/books/review/King-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&;

    I pulled out this quote: "It was Maryann Burk Carver who won the bread in those early years while Ray drank, fished, went to school and began writing the stories that a generation of critics and teachers would miscategorize as 'minimalism' or 'dirty realism.' Writing talent often runs on its own clean circuit (as the Library of America’s 'Raymond Carver: Collected Stories' attests), but writers whose works shine with insight and mystery are often prosaic monsters at home."

    1 · June 21, 2014

    • Mark L.

      An outstanding article by King! I'm going to try to read his short story book again with my other book club.

      June 23, 2014

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