The Dinner by Herman Koch – Review

Not since the Donner party has there been such a horrifying meal.

This book starts out deadly boring – which might be what makes the rest of the story so gripping.

Two brothers, one a politician, the other a teacher, are meeting for dinner, accompanied by their wives.  The reason for the dinner is something that their sons did, and the consequences of that action.

The true story is the ugliness that can lurk beneath the most pleasant of facades.  I can’t tell you much, other than I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped at one point.  I’m not sure if I enjoyed the book or not, but I couldn’t put it down.  Unfortunately.

Nightmares may ensue, and I will be looking suspiciously at other parents.  And politicians.  And teachers.  And pretty much everyone.

The most horrifying part?  The book is inspired by a true story.  Don’t look it up until you’ve read the book.

Er… happy reading?

Christie

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