So my reading history has had a few downturns lately.
Last night I had another DNF moment, which I’m getting really really tired of. It’s one thing to stop reading a novel, but it’s quite another to leave a series incomplete. My same personality quirk set that doesn’t like it when I stop running on any other distance than a whole number tells me to quit crying and just finish the damn book!
Yah, yah, yah. Preemptively, I purchased a book on Amazon.com yesterday, not because I was doubting Ally Condie, but because I need something to look forward to at the completion of each book I read. I don’t want to fall into the doldrums of book mourning and wallow through another two weeks, but just in case Reached was another stinkfest, I wanted to be prepared to cleanse my pallet.
I received a book recommendation email a few weeks ago entitled, “3 Compelling Page-Turners,”which featured three books I think I might really like. The first was The Dinner by Herman Koch.
Synopsis via Goodreads.com:
“A European Gone Girl.” —The Wall Street Journal
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal.
It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse — the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
This book is almost completely out of my normal scope; the comparison to Gone Girl was what sold me. I enjoyed the break from the YA paranormal/dystopian playlist that typically fills my Kindle. I am very excited to begin reading this novel, and break the cycle of sub-par reading material.