Book Review: The Dinner, Herman Koch

The Dinner opening line: We were going out to dinner.

The Dinner
The Dinner

The setting for this book is Amsterdam and it revolves around a situation that exists between 2 couples. The men are brothers and it is something their children did which brings them together for this meal. The book is narrated by the one brother and it is written entirely from his perspective. The story itself will shock you, and it is this that keeps you turning the pages. There are no specifics and because of this, you feel as if the story is true. It is well written and as it is a translation, I am most impressed.

If you are heading off on holiday and need a good read for the flight, or for the beach, then take this book with you. This is one of those books that you can sit down and read in an afternoon.

First published in the Netherlands in 2009 by Ambro Anthos, Amsterdam

ISBN 978-1-848-87383-4

Paperback – 309 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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