Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch is not a filling meal

I loved Gone Girl so I read this because the Wall Street Journal called it "A European Gone Girl," also because it was an Amazon best book of the month for February 2013. However, I don’t think this book lived up to the hype.

This book takes place at a dinner, as it is self-titled, between two couples discussing an “issue” with their children. The book does flashback to different points in time to help you understand why and how these things could have come to pass.

Unlike Gone Girl I am not on the edge of my seat, staying up all night to find out why and what happens next. This book does have some surprising twists and turns but for the most part these people are just batshit crazy!  

The author does make you flip flop about your feelings of each character. You love them, than hate them, than love them. But it wasn’t developed enough for me to be really invested in one feeling or the other.

This could be considered almost a Gone Girl sequel. (If you haven’t read Gone Girl this could be a spoiler so stop reading now.) This could be the story of the child from Gone Girl but not as exciting as it is all told from the perspective of one of the main characters instead of multiple points of view.

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