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The Dinner (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Herman Koch , Sam Garrett
3.3 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (15 commentaires client)

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013
An ALA Notable Book of the Year
New York Times Bestseller * USA Today Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“A European Gone GirlThe Dinner, a sly psychological thriller that hinges on a horrific crime and its consequences for two families, has become one of spring’s most anticipated suspense novels.” —The Wall Street Journal

“[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection… absorbing and highly readable.”
New York Times Book Review
“Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.”The Washington Post
“The best part about The Dinner was this tension taking place above the plates. As the meal wore on, I realized I couldn't get up from the table.”Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR

“Poised to shake up American publishing…Koch tells a story that could very well take away your appetite.” —USA Today.com

“[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“You’ll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” —Entertainment Weekly 
“Koch’s ability to toy with the reader’s alliances while using one family’s distress to consider greater societal ills gives the novel a vital punch.” —Daily Beast
Every detail…manage[s] to catch our attention when Herman Koch uses them to develop his curious characters and bring us into the dark and thought-provoking plot.” —Seattle Post Intelligencer

“A tart main course that explores how quickly the facade of civility can crumble. It's hard to digest at times, but with a thought-provoking taste that lingers.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The novel has been called the Gone Girl of the Continent, and not without cause: Like Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, it’s a tale told by an unreliable narrator, full of twists and skillfully executed revelations, ultimately registering as a black parable about the deceptively civilized surface of cosmopolitan, middle-class lives…What Koch achieves with his prose—plain but undergirded by breathtaking angles, like a beautiful face scrubbed free of makeup — is a brilliantly engineered and (for the thoughtful reader) chastening mindfuck. The novel is designed to make you think twice, then thrice, not only about what goes on within its pages, but also the next time indignation rises up, pure and fiery, in your own heart.” —Salon.com
“Briskly paced and full of ingenious twists—a compulsive read…for those who can tolerate the unsavory company, The Dinner is a treat they’ll gulp down in one sitting.”
Dallas Morning News

The Dinner begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It's chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends—you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert…and then you still won't be done talking about it.” —Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

“Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn’t let go.” —SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep
“Herman Koch has written a sneakily disturbing novel.  He lures us into his story with his unfailingly reasonable tone (just acidic enough to be entertaining), and before we know it we've found ourselves in places we never would've consented to go.  The Dinner is a smart, amiably misanthropic book, and it's tremendous fun to read.” —Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
The Dinner is a riveting, compelling and a deliciously uncomfortable read. Like all great satire it is both lacerating and so very funny... Intelligent and complex, this novel is both a punch to the guts and also a tonic. It clears the air. A wonderful book.”
Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

“What a tremendous book. I loved every single gripping and strange thing about it.”
MJ Hyland, author of Carry Me Down

“By the end of The Dinner you'll have to rethink everything, including who you are and what you believe. This is a book you won't forget.” —David Vann, author of Dirt

“Mesmerizing and disturbing… fast-paced and addictive…The Dinner, already a bestseller in Europe, is sure to find an enthusiastic American readership as well.” 
Book Page

“This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners…before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller…With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life…this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness…Koch’s slow revelation of the central crisis is expertly paced, and he’s opened up a serious question of what parents owe their children, and how much of their character is passed on to them…a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances.”

International Praise for The Dinner

“The perfect undemanding, credible, terrifying beach read.”Financial Times

‘‘[The Dinner] proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world...The reader does not rise from his table happy and replete so much as stand up suddenly, pale and reeling. Bored with Fifty Shades of Grey and all that brouhaha? Read The Dinner—and taste the shock.”The Economist

“I’m confidently predicting that The Dinner will become this summer’s literary talk of the town—and the Twittersphere—here in the UK, as it already is in Continental Europe, where the novel has sold more than a million copies. Order yours now.”
Evening Standard

“Shivers kept shooting up my backbone as I became engrossed in Koch’s darkly disturbing tale of family life. . .As the dinner disintegrates into mayhem, we discover just how far the middle classes will go to protect their monstrous offspring.” Daily Mail

“Rather like The Slap it is set to become a contentious must-read. It may thrill, chill or cheat, but it is undeniably riveting.”The Independent

“This tense and thought-provoking family drama is set to become a major literary talking point as it asks the question: Just how far would you go to protect your family?”The Bookseller

“Hugely accomplished and surprisingly subtle.” Readers Digest (UK)

Présentation de l'éditeur

An evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet for dinner.

They need to discuss their teenage sons.

The boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on CCTV.

They remain unidentified - except by their parents.

How far will each couple go to protect their child?

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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 un dîner très spécial 19 novembre 2012
Par jdem
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"The Dinner" est un drame familial plein de rebondissements. Deux couples se rencontrent dans un grand restaurant pour essayer de régler un gros problème: ils ont chacun un fils de 15 ans qui ont commis ensemble un acte horrible filmé par une caméra de surveillance. Le narrateur est l'un des pères. L'autre père, son frère, est un politicien qui doit devenir premier ministre après les élections.
Comme c'est un "thriller" il ne faut pas en dire plus. A noter cependant une description plein d'humour de l'ambiance dans un grand restaurant ainsi qu'une analyse sociologique de la société hollandaise.
En conclusion, c'est une oeuvre originale et passionnante à lire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliantly paced 15 août 2012
The novel's action takes place in a few hours, in- and outside a very posh restaurant in the eastern part of Amsterdam, not far from the former Ajax-stadium. Two brothers, Paul and Serge and their wives Claire and Babette meet, prompted by Serge, to discuss a situation regarding their children. A brutal killing in Paul's neighborhood was recorded on a smart phone and put on You Tube. On a nation-wide crime programme, the pictures shown are grainy, but Serge is convinced their sons were the perpetrators...
Paul is the cynical raconteur of a novel that gradually becomes rather disturbing. What he does in life remains long unclear. But his older brother Serge is the opposition leader in parliament, and elections are on the horizon. The two couples have 4 children: Paul and Claire have Michel(15). Serge and Babette have Rick (15), little Valerie (13) and Beau (14-17?), adopted from Burkina Faso.
Technically, "The Dinner" follows the five courses when dining out, starting with the Aperitif(1) and ending with the Tip(5). In each chapter/course of this very private dinner, small bursts of information are released about the pasts of these diners. Throughout, our guide Paul expresses his disdain for his brother and the hyper-trendy restaurant his brother managed to book so fast. After the Entry(2), Paul steps out briefly to talk to his son Michel. A first flashback follows about Paul's past. He is a former history teacher, who relies since Michel's fourth year on medication to maintain balance.
"The Dinner" starts strongly, never weakens or falters, and page by page becomes more intriguing. No brand names, no side paths, just mounting suspense and horror.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Dérangeant 20 août 2013
Par Lili
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Réaction trÃs forte pour ce livre au thÃme difficile. Les personnages mettent mal à l'aise par leur manque commun de valeurs. L'auteur sait nous transporter avec brio dans cette atmosphÃre particuliÃre, néanmoins le tout est trÃs dérangeant.
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Par Robert
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Nicely written / translated. Easy to read. The beginning of the novel is nice and you think that you'll have a child - parent communication problem. The middle of the book brings in another side to the story. Till this part, I liked the book. But then, the author starts defending ideas like do justice yourself, no need to trial, just kill them right away etc. And the book ends with people defending theses ideas being the winning party... To be read with a critical mind.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 décevant 16 août 2013
Par Jezzyka
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Le sujet du livre est intéressant et d'actualité. Mais le rythme n'est pas fluide, il y a trop de ruptures temporelles et des plans qui se superposent sans pouvoir clairement sortir des sous entendus ou des ambiguïtés. Dommage. J'ai fait des efforts pour le finir. En revanche, donne de la matière à discussion... Je recommande néanmoins sa lecture, le sujet étant source de controverse.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent. 22 août 2013
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Une découverte inattendue et originale.
Bonne intrigue, sensible et imaginative. Sens aigu de l'observation. Un peu long tout de même.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très accrocheur 10 octobre 2013
Par amie-zone
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La narration est captivante et la mise en scène autour d un dîner est bien faite. La fin est un peu trop simple et rapide.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great and puzzling book 27 octobre 2014
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Love how Koch builds tension and interest over the course of one dinner, and how we see the characters evolve. Only 4/5 as I wondered whether I found the situation realistic (i.e. couldn't fully relate to characters). Loved the style and the rhythm of the story.
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