what i'm reading: the dinner by herman koch

Sometimes books have characters that you can't agree with, who do things that you consider awful, but you still can't put the book down. That is how The Dinner by Herman Koch* was for me. It reads like a monologue, at times funny, at times twisted, but the voice of the narrator never drifts or strays. It is always consistent and clear which is part of what made this book so engaging.

The book deals with how far one would go for the ones they love and while I couldn't personally relate to the narrator, I couldn't stop reading his story or how he saw the situation. I really enjoyed this book and I feel a little weird saying that because I also disagreed so much with the choices all the characters made. I loved the book and I loved the ending, even when I disagreed with it. It's hard to put this book down, the writing keeps you wanting more. It challenges views and raises several moral and ethical questions.

This book is not for everyone. It is satirical at times but also twisted and chilling. It deals with some darker themes and I would definitely considering it a shocking book. If you are looking for something funny, edgy, and smart that also raises big moral questions about what you do for family; this is an excellent read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Also, I have decided to start sharing what the next book review will be in case you want to read along and join the discussion. Next week I will be talking about a series of short stories called A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel.*


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