- Published: New York : Crown Publishers, 2013.
- Year Published: 2013
- Description: 292 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Call number: Fiction / Koch, Herman
Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult
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I had an instinct shortly into this book that I was not going to like it because I didn't like the people being introduced. I stuck with it because there was an unspoken event being referred to that I was curious about. Once I found out what it was I was disappointed but carried on because I was so far into it. I sighed throughout at the horrible choices and unruly behavior that was The Dinner. If this is supposed to be comparable to Gone Girl, I prefer that by far.
The Wall Street Journal dubs this "The European 'Gone Girl'" which should have warned me to stay away since I was frustrated by a complete lack of empathy for the main characters of the latter. But I ended up liking this book better, partly because it was both lighter in action (it takes place over the course of one pretentious dinner in an expensive restaurant) and skewering in plot. As you blithely laugh along with Paul while he rolls his eyes at the pinky-pointing maitre d' and the pretentions of his hollow brother, you suddenly realize you're complicit in the much more insidious flaws of his character and his role in a dark secret which is slowly revealed over the course of the meal. You may not like these people, but you know people sort of like them. And you sure hope they're not you.
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