The Dinner by Herman Koch (translated by Sam Garrett) was a very quick, entertaining read. But don’t be fooled by the reviews – it is definitely not “The European Gone Girl” as some claim. It was good, just not the Gone Girl level of dark – to me at least. The story revolves around two brothers and their families trying to make one difficult decision that will drastically change the lives of the parents and children in one way or another. The whole thing essentially takes place during one dinner, with flashbacks thrown in and enough drama to make the dinner last 5 hours – or at least that is what it seems. It does take some time to adjust to the structure of the book – it jumps from present to past and back a lot and doesn’t clearly state which chapters are which.
It does bring up an interesting debate, the topic of which I cannot relate (which is maybe why it was not so dramatic to me as critics make it out to be): how far would you go to protect your child? Most people like to think they would do anything to protect their child/ren, but is there a line? And is there a too far? Again, this took me maybe 5 days to read, so if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read this is it. And if I know the entertainment industry, it will be a movie soon (and has already been adapted in Holland and Italy). Let me know what you think!