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Book Review of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”

The Cuckoo's Calling27 October 2013

review by Anne van Oorschot

For our most recent book discussion gathering on October 22nd, we met at the home of member Coree Forman and enjoyed tea and stroop wafels while talking about The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. We all liked the book and found it an enjoyable read with good writing and interesting characters, with enough questions about those characters left unanswered to keep them interesting.

While it is inherent for the reader of a detective to try and figure out “who dunnit”, that was difficult with this book as some of the “clue details” were barely mentioned. While we all had glimmerings of who the murderer was, it wasn’t really clear until the very end.

We also talked about why the real author (more…)

Book review “The Dinner” by Herman Koch

The Dinner25 October 2013

reviewed by Anne van Oorschot

TIC members met for dinner, actually, not to eat dinner, but to talk about it, and not just any dinner, but The Dinner, the best-selling book by Dutch author Herman Koch. Maybe you recognize the cover of the book, which seemed to be in many shop windows and store folders when it first came out in 2009. The book discussion group wanted to find out what we thought of this Dutch bestseller.

We had all finished the book – which was a good thing, since it has a very surprising ending – and found there was plenty to discuss! Two couples go out to dinner to discuss a terrible late night crime that has been captured on video. They recognize their sons as the perpetrators but each has a different idea of what to do about it. The story is narrated by one of the fathers and through his descriptions, we form opinions about him as well as the other 3 members of the dinner party. While the entire book takes place in one evening, there are numerous narrations that take the reader back to other times and events, which keeps things moving. The 4 main characters, as well as the sons, are really described well and you get a real sense of who they are…only to have your expectations regarding their actions turned upside down by the ending.

A good read, but one which left all of us with the question, What would you do?

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