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Summer Book: The Dinner

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My dear followers, I woke up this morning to finish the last pages of this great book I highly recommend for beach reading. My intentions are far from meddling with your current pending-list of books to read BUT believe me when I say this book is an unputdownable one. It's the first time I read something from Herman Koch. His compelling and clear narrative makes the reader to feel comfortable in the restaurant where all the plot takes place while taking part of the dialogues of these two families. "All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" This quote from Tolstoi's Anna Karenina was repeated in the protagonist mind through diverse chapters of the book. Two unhappy families are brought together to dine out in an expensive dutch restaurant. Every family has their own son who are connected through a gruesome and horrendous past. During the different courses of a meal - aperitif, appetizer, main course, dessert and digestif - what it starts with a sympathy with the narrator switches to a sour revelation of their private lives that shocks you, if not paralyze you, and instantly makes you to take part of this chilling novel. The dinner treats with topics about racism, xenophobia, untruth of political figures and discusses the length to which parents will go to protect their children. The morality, your morality, is on test now. READ IT while I finish my breakfast! Ci vediamo!

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