, the inernational bestseller by Herman Koch and translated from Dutch kept me up one night this week. The novel unfolds over the course of a sharply observed dinner with two couples at
a fancy restaurant in Amsterdam. The chapter breaks are divided into five dinner courses and this is one dinner you'd kill to be eavesdropping on. Two brothers, Paul, who narrates the story and
Serge, a famous politician lock horns early on. Their wives Claire and Babette are on tenderhooks as the creepy foursome grapple with a crime their sons have committed and the only evidence is a
video. As the dinner progresses, we learn the complete and horrific truth of the crime. The flashbacks build tension as the true character of these supposed pillars of society rear their ugly heads
for a surprisingly ending.
Like trainwrecks, we have to look, listen and in this case, digest the moral implications, happy we are observers and not victims.
Visit the author at Herman
for more info about his seven novels and latest news. Cate Blanchett is slated to direct the feature film adaptation of The Dinner
which sounds wicked good.
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