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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2013
TOP 40 BOOK CLUB READS | FICTION 24 25 The dinner herman kOch The Dinner is an interes ting look at how the ethics and values of parents can be compromised when they believe that their children need protecting. Two Dutch couples meet at a restaurant in Amsterdam. Their teenage sons, who are cousins, have been caught on CCTV footage in a deadly act of criminality that has shocked the nation, but only their parents have recognised them so far. Interestingly, one of the fathers is a charismatic politician who is leading the race for the Dutch presidency. His brother, who narrates the stor y and loathes his pretentious brother, constantly surprises the reader as the question is raised about whether the behaviour of parents can excuse the acts of their children. The parents must decide on what to do next, and as the four adults move through the courses of the dinner, the allegiances of the reader are constantly shifting. First released in Holland in 2009, this is one of eight novels by Koch, and the first English translation of his work to be published in Australia.
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