The Dinner

Registered by wingmathgirl40wing of Waterloo, Ontario Canada on 1/10/2014
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingmathgirl40wing from Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 10, 2014
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Review from Amazon:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2013: A good unreliable narrator is one of the most satisfying characters a novelist can dream up--and Herman Koch takes us on a hell of a ride through the mind of Paul Lohman, the deliciously sinister host of The Dinner. Paul's 15-year-old son, Michel, has committed an unspeakable crime; his brother, on the cusp of becoming the Netherlands' next prime minister, has a delicate wife and two teenagers who share Michel’s secret; Paul's wife, Claire, will do anything to protect their boy. As the two couples inch through an excruciating meal at a chic restaurant--their children's whereabouts uncertain--Paul peels back the layers of their situation, weaving to and fro through time and truth. Koch's finely structured story gives away just enough on each page to keep us riveted, feeling like private investigators on the verge of discovery, until the shock of an ending. It's no small feat for the author that the less we trust Paul, the more we want to hear what he has to say. --Mia Lipman

Journal Entry 2 by sjt105 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 20, 2014
This would make an excellent book club book - would generate some very interesting discussions. I enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 25, 2014
This book has had mixed reviews and it seems that some people really disliked this book but I’m definitely not one of them. The novel is very creepy but also quite funny at times. I'm impressed by how the author manipulates our view of the unreliable narrator as the story progresses. It’s like the author was playing a game with my mind. Two-thirds into the book, I had no idea which of the characters were trustworthy. Overall, it’s a brilliant though not necessary likable book. I'm really looking forward to the discussion of this book in the 2014 Tournament of Books.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 25, 2014
I'm offering this book for a bookring. Here is a list of the participants:

Blue_berry (UK, will ship within Europe)
Icila (France, will ship anywhere)
kiki66 (Germany, prefers to ship EU)
Bookworm-lady (Spain, will ship anywhere)
bookworm2525 (US, will ship anywhere)
HappyHarryBabe (UK, will ship anywhere)

Forum thread:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/503173

Journal Entry 5 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (1/25/2014 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book has now started its bookring journey and is on its way to Blue_berry!

Journal Entry 6 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I got this finally in yesterday's post! Thanks for sending! This will be my next read, looks very promising!

Journal Entry 7 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, March 27, 2014
This was very good! Really creepy characters and great build up! Confirmed to me few things about Dutch society, which I already knew, but that been said this could have been set anywhere in northern Europe. Book handled certain universal dilemmas about the parenting, morality and related themes.

I understand why someone would not like this book though, it's to do with the characters and if the reader would normally try to relate to them (at least one of them!), here it proves quite difficult at the end. I was disgusted with the narrator quite early on...

Not sure what else to say not to give out too much!

Journal Entry 8 by Blue_berry at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (3/27/2014 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Sending to Icila, next reader in this BR, enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, March 31, 2014
And here it is. Thank you.

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, April 04, 2014
As I never read the previous entries before reading I didn't have any idea about the matter of the book so I have been taken by the unwrapping.
A very interesting book that let you think.
Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (4/8/2014 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Germany. Enjoy !

Journal Entry 12 by wingkiki66wing at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Book has arrived in Germany!
Very appropriate title since the name of the author - Koch - means Cook in German! ;-)

will read asap - since BC's law struck again today and two bookrings arrived....

Journal Entry 13 by wingkiki66wing at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Friday, May 16, 2014
Well, I am sorry to say that I have given up.. After a few pages I started to ask myself:
Why am I reading this?
Couldn't give me an answer so...
I send this one on now.
Already asked Bookworm-lady for her address!

Journal Entry 14 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, May 26, 2014
And here it is, with a lovely BC bookmark.
I'm really curious about this one, so I will do my best to get it moving as soon as possible.
Thanks for sharing, Mathgirl40; and thanks for sending it to me, kiki66! :)

Journal Entry 15 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time to move this book on...
I am sorry to say it was on one of the last boxes I unpacked after moving...
Bookworm2525 has asked to be skipped, so now I am contacting the HappyHarryBabe to see if still interested.
My apologies to all of you for this delay...

Journal Entry 16 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Sunday, December 10, 2017
No-one else after me in this bookray.
However, I have started reading it last night, and I already have found a new home for it when I finish... as it is in a Sweeps winner's WishList.

Journal Entry 17 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, December 28, 2017
This is a most interesting read, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
A translation from its original Dutch (a very good translation, if I may say so!), the writer takes us on a real rollercoaster of emotions.
There is a middle section slightly weaker, in my opinion, and maybe the end is too abrupt... but nevertheless, unexpected.
A real page-turner; thanks for sharing, mathgirl40... I have found a new home for it... ;)

Journal Entry 18 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Released 11 mos ago (12/28/2017 UTC) at Madrid, Madrid Spain

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Sent today to the past winner of the Book, Chocolate and Tea Sweeps... with some chocolate and tea.
Enjoy your WishList book... and sorry that I've kept you waiting.

Journal Entry 19 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Thank you so much Bookworm-lady for this book and the tea and chocolate that came with it. This is a very well travelled book and I'm looking forward to reading it soon :)

Journal Entry 20 by wingkeeta1wing at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Monday, February 19, 2018
An evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet for dinner. They need to discuss their teenage sons. The boys committed a horrifying act, caught on CCTV. They remain unidentified - except by their parents. How far will each couple go to protect their child?

A good, solid read, which I really enjoyed. Told from the perspective of one of the fathers, who seemed to have a lot of anger management problems of his own. This story brings up quite a few moral issues, and you do wonder what you would do in similar situations.

Journal Entry 21 by wingkeeta1wing at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, March 03, 2018

Released 9 mos ago (3/3/2018 UTC) at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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A surprise Rabck :)
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 22 by wingardachywing at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, March 10, 2018
Thank you keeta1. I will try and get this book to daffodil-2 in due course..

Journal Entry 23 by wingardachywing at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I could not resist reading this book before passing it on. It is a cleverly constructed read which raises a number of moral problems as others have said. Certainly a book to make you think, I am glad I read it. Now to arrange a meet with daffodil-2.

Journal Entry 24 by wingardachywing at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Released 7 mos ago (5/19/2018 UTC) at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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I haven't been able to arrange a meet-up with daffodil-2 so I am now posting this book to her.

Journal Entry 25 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, May 21, 2018
Received in a surprise parcel today from Ardachy, just expected as a book someone gave to him for me-no other details. Also in the parcel were no less than 10 release bags which I guess were made by Ardachy (?) and also some labels with my very own name and profile pic on them. Thank you very much to both Ardachy and Keeta 1 for this lovely surprise. Bookcrossers are so generous!

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