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A summer s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness the banality of work, the triviality of holidays But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened Each couple has a fifteen year old son Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified by everyone except their parents As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love....

Title : The Dinner
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ISBN : 0857897209
ISBN13 : 978-0857897206
Format Type : Other Book
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Atlantic Books Auflage Open Market Edition 1 August 2012
Number of Pages : 311 Seiten
File Size : 996 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Dinner Reviews

  • Greta
    2019-03-06 02:32

    Das Buch beginnt rasant und sehr spannend. In der Mitte lässt es ein bisschen nach und der Schluss ist fast zu schnell erzählt. Dennoch habe ich das Buch gerne gelesen und kann es weiterempfehlen.

  • Regula Sindemann
    2019-03-17 03:37

    The book was recommended to me as a thought provoking and disturbing read. Which was true. There were times when I was almost annoyed by the thoughts of the main character, then again his thoughts were also very familiar to some extent... So all in all, yes, a very interesting book. The parental aspect: How far would we go to protect our children? And then the cultural aspects: particularism versus universialism. And the ethical aspect: Are all humans equal?I will suggest it for a book club.

  • begru
    2019-03-19 01:29

    Amazing how sympathy starts to become pitty, then pitty becomes hate. I couldn' t stop reading. You will love this book.

  • Frank P. Gross
    2019-03-08 21:47

    A very powerful description of the "ordinary" human being and how it reacts when it sees or perceives its offspring threatened. One whole book to describe just one dinner (and some background), intense, thought provoking and also sinister. You wonder if the simple man and woman in the street would really be capable of acting in such a way. Or worse, would you?

  • Kai
    2019-03-19 22:47

    Kurz vorweg, es hat mir gut gefallen, behandelt aber doch ein sehr brisantes Thema, und es bleiben am Ende, wohl nicht ohne Absicht, viele Fragen offen. Die Charaktere wurden meiner Meinung nach nicht klar herausgearbeitet, auch das vielleicht durchaus beabsichtigt. Keine leichte Kost.

  • C. Heinrich
    2019-03-16 00:48

    I had so many good dinners,but none was as interesting as this one... So far... Let's see what's up next.

  • Pat
    2019-02-18 23:43

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Although at times the procession of events seems a bit disjointed it is extremely engaging.

  • Zorro
    2019-03-05 02:52

    Leider hält das Buch nicht, was der Klappentext verspricht. Irgendwann war es mir beim Lesen so fad, dass ich es nicht weiterlesen wollte.