Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch
by Herman Koch
Translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
So many things to admire about this book: laser-precise character observations, a storyline that somehow manages to be both riveting and banal, and suspense cunningly built through ordinary human interactions.
Every line in this book made me think. Every other line made me second-guess something I thought I had all figured out. When I finished this book, I pondered the themes and my reaction to them. The subject matter disturbed me, by times, as it was intended to.
Koch pushes us to contemplate cultural norms we love to cling to. He explores sibling relationships, hero worship, mental illness, homelessness, parental decisions, social pretenses, and the sticky issue of who is worthy of living or dying.
Herman Koch wraps up mystery novel, social satire, and character study in a simple dinner conversation package.
Posted on September 25, 2013, in Book reviews, Books I borrowed, Fiction, Random House and tagged books, Fiction, Herman Koch, literature, Sam Garrett, society. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.