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Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool | Herman Koch
Marc Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous. When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can't refuse. But by the time the suntans fade, Ralph Meier is dead. The medical board accuses Marc of negligence. Ralph's wife, however, accuses him of murder...
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VRM1975
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LapReader
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The beach, swimming pool, paperbacks & overseas travel would be my four #thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94 bit late but thanks for the tag.

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😎 6mo
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NatalieR
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Pickpick

Quite the interesting read. Initially, it seemed to drag a bit as I was introduced to the MC, Dr. Marc, a general practitioner to celebrities. The pace of the story and my interest quickly picked up when time reversed to one year ago when Marc and family take a summer vacation and stay with Ralph, a famous actor and patient, and his family. A tragic event completely shifts the story and changes the dynamics of these relationships. #MountTBR

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LeslieO
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Some of the summer-y books I‘m hoping to get to in July. #JulyTBR #JulyJourneys

Eggs Perfect - love TJR🙌🏻📚❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beatriz 💚💚 loved that book!! 1y
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Tracey3
Mehso-so

10/27/2020 My sister recommended this author. I was intrigued while reading this book and I enjoyed the suspense. Ultimately, I was disappointed by the ending because it was underwhelming. After all the build-up, there just wasn‘t a payoff.

Buechersuechtling “Read” this, too (as audiobook). I remember being fascinated by how Herman Koch slowly takes off the layers of civilised behaviour – but I can‘t recall the ending anymore. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 2y
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Xubst
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I'm Dutch, so sometimes i'm gonna do a review of a Dutch writer and sometimes the books won't be translated to English. Luckily this one was. I really liked this. The confusion and uneasy feeling you have while reading is probably exactly what the writer was going for. I only wished the end had been different but he probably was going for realistic and not happily-ever-after.

Artwork by: https://www.deviantart.com/divsm-stock

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LeslieO
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More #buzzwords from my TBR! #buzzwordbookathon

Clwojick This is another great option! ♥️ 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulReads #characteryoulovetohate
I won‘t go so far as to say I ‘hate‘ but the protagonist, Dr Marc Schlosser, is truly a disgusting and detestable character. If you‘ve read the book, you‘ll know what I mean. If you haven‘t, read it and perhaps you‘ll grow to hate him.

Megabooks You‘ve intrigued me! #stacked 3y
emilyhaldi I agree with you 😝 3y
Simona Same! 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks you must have a penchant for unlikeable characters to enjoy it! 😉 3y
Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm 9 times out of 10, I love a good unlikable character! 😁 3y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Mehso-so

The (very little)good, the bad, and the perverted. Herman Koch knows how to create characters that are easy to despise. Once again he explores the darkest underbelly on human nature from the perspective of a self-absorbed male narrator who fails to consider the consequences of his actions on the people he “loves.” However, as unpalatable as the story lines are, Koch has a great eye for a story and writes with fluidity. I‘m really torn!

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emilyhaldi
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Mehso-so

#tbt to last weekend in the Hamptons with my #beachread (kind of?) ☀️

I'm not entirely sure how to review this book but I was never able to fully get into the writing style. Much more sinister than I expected... I was picturing the narrator as creepy Kevin Spacey a la American Beauty. If you enjoy summer family vacay drama involving a slew of shitty people, dig in!

#booked2018

TrishB I didn‘t like The Dinner so I don‘t think I‘ll bother with this one! 4y
MicheleinPhilly Creepy Kevin Spacey is repetitive and redundant. 4y
RadicalReader @emilyhaldi love the flamingo and the swan 4y
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RinaBrahmbhattBarot I love those inflatable birds :) honest review is I always prefer :) 4y
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I was just going to say that I simply cannot separate Kevin Spacey from creepy in my mind. 4y
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore He has ALWAYS struck me as creepy and really full of himself. 4y
emilyhaldi I ACTUALLY LOL‘d @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂😂😂 dying!! @saresmoore (edited) 4y
Mdargusch Love this photo! 💗 4y
Leftcoastzen I lol‘d as well !😂😂😂 4y
Cinfhen Love the floats!!! So Hamptons 💕 This book was super dark and the people super douchey but I was actually sucked into the story. I much preferred this book than 4y
BarbaraBB I admire Koch that he actually makes me despise his characters but that‘s the only real good part about this book to me. 4y
Simona I‘m absolutely with you @Cinfhen about these two books ... I actually think, that Summer House was very good 🤷‍♀️ 4y
Cinfhen Thanks @Simona YOU obviously have FABULOUS taste 💕😘 4y
Simona @Cinfhen I think so too 😇😘 4y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen perhaps #darkanddouchey should be a hashtag 🤔 It certainly applies to a lot of books that I love but for some reason the writing structure and stop-start nature of the sentences were a struggle for me. However, reading while traveling (very sporatic!) could have had something to do with it 😎 @Simona @BarbaraBB 4y
Cinfhen Ha!!! I feel like that hashtag is strictly for Herman Koch 😜 4y
Reviewsbylola Yup, same! 4y
Reviewsbylola And I‘m on board with #darkanddouchey 4y
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emilyhaldi
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Today‘s reading location is 👌🏻

saresmoore Good decision. 4y
Kalalalatja I‘m not jealous. Not at all. Nope. Not me. 4y
TrishB Lovely 💕 4y
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RealLifeReading 😍😍 4y
MStew Jeally😃 4y
britt_brooke Ooh, enjoy!! 4y
LeahBergen Sigh. 😍 4y
Reviewsbylola Hopefully your ☁️ clear. 4y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola clear blue sky now! 🙌🏻 4y
wanderinglynn What a great view! 👍🏻 Enjoy! 4y
Megabooks Awesome!! My library wants me to check that book out, so I hope it‘s good. Enjoy!! 4y
Cinfhen That‘s quite a setup!!! 💙 4y
youneverarrived Jealous! 4y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review. I just read this book too and kind of hated it 😂😂 4y
emilyhaldi Im not sure how to feel about it @BarbaraBB it's taken me 100 pages to get into the rhythm.. The narrator is reminding me of Kevin Spacey in American Beauty ❤️😬 4y
Pamwurtzler Nice view! 4y
mabell Lovely! 😍 4y
BarbaraBB Yes he is that kind of person! An awful character, yet I finished the book in two days 🤣 4y
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

I only read this one because I had a copy and I needed a book for the #beachread prompt.
And I was right in dreading it, Koch creates some characters again that I really despise. Maybe that means he‘s a good writer but to me it is too much of a trick.
This trick, the sexism and the too graphic descriptions of sexual organs made me really dislike the book. And yet I finished it in one read. That‘s what I hate most about it 😀. #Dutch

Cinfhen This book was FULL of horrible horrible people, YET I too couldn‘t stop turning the pages. I MUCH preferred this book to 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ugh. But good job on the prompt completed! 👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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Buechersuechtling
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Pickpick

Die Inhaltsangabe trifft eher die Rahmenhandlung als den Kern der Geschichte. Das kann zu falschen Erwartungen führen. Hält man jedoch trotzdem durch, entwickelt die Geschichte in der zweiten Hälfte eine ganz eigene Dynamik und wird zu einem typischen Herman Koch, in der er seine hervorragende Beobachtungsgabe des menschlichen Verhaltens brillant unter Beweis stellt.

Zu viele Lese-oder Hör-Pausen sollte man allerdings nicht einlegen.

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Buechersuechtling
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‪Mein Plan war ja, zum Lesen ins Bett zu gehen und mit dem #Buchclub-Buch „Wunder“ anzufangen, das ich gestern entleihen durfte. ? (Yeah‼️??)‬
‪Aber der Tag heute war anstrengend. Also höre ich statt zu lesen im Bett halt „Sommerhaus mit Swimmingpool“ weiter.‬

Ich sag schonmal ?. ‬

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Buechersuechtling
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Kopfweh-Therapie: Hörbuch anmachen.

Zweimal die gleiche halbe Stunde gehört. Ich weiß immer noch nicht, was darin passiert. ??‍♀️?

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Buechersuechtling
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Heut scheint wieder internationaler Kopfweh-Tag zu sein. Deswegen geht es mit „Sommerhaus mit Swimmingpool“ weiter bis es meinem Kopf besser geht.

Oder bis das Hörbuch zu Ende ist. ??‍♀️

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Buechersuechtling
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Ja, das ist schon teilweise so bissig wie gedacht. Die Beobachtungen menschlichen und männlichen Verhaltens sind mitunter so realistisch, dass ich stellenweise nicht weiß, ob ich das bewundern oder die handelnde Figur für ein Arschloch halten soll.

Allerdings ist die Handlung anders als erwartet. Bisher (etwa Stunde zwei) konzentriert sie sich eher auf familiäre als auf ärztlich-medizinische Hintergründe.

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Buechersuechtling
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Super, das Herunterladen hat schon mal geklappt, obwohl die Onleihe meldet, dass es bei Hörbüchern (mit mehreren Titeln) beim Herunterladen Probleme geben kann.

Das trifft auf mich offenkundig nicht zu.
Jetzt freue ich mich fast noch ein bisschen mehr auf die Fahrt morgen. Bei etwa siebeneinhalb Stunden Gesamtspielzeit kann ich ja sogar den Arbeitsweg ins Hörvergnügen miteinbeziehen.
Hach ?, das wird so toll. ??

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Buechersuechtling
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Moby Dick muss ich mir noch mal ausleihen. Typisch ich. Ich bin nicht dazu gekommen, ihn (den Moby Dick) zu Ende zu hören.

Da ich morgen aber eine längere Autofahrt vor mir habe, habe ich den heißen, freien Nachmittag genutzt, um mir dafür ein Hörbuch runterzuladen. Von Herman Koch habe ich schon „Angerichtet“ gelesen und war total begeistert. Obwohl man sich als „Mittelschichtler“ manchmal auch ertappt fühlt. Hiervon erhoffe ich mir ähnliches.

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laurenlovesliterature
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Lazy Saturday swimming with the kiddos. Today is a scorcher 112 degrees. 😥🌵🌞🏊

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Simona
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Pickpick

I like dark, disturbing characters, and I like stories where author is playing with readers mind, questioning their moral, ethics and choices in the way Koch does. Without his intentional impact on the reader he just throw some provocative thoughts, and leaves decision/reaction about what is wrong/right to the reader ...

#backpackEurope
Status: packing for next location - Belgium 🇧🇪, Brussels
Currently reading: A.Nothomb, Fear and Trembling

Dr._Who_number10 @Simona AWWWW THATS GONNA BE AN AMAZINGGGGG TRIP!!!!! Have fun!!! And get lotssss if pictures! It‘s soooooo beautiful!🤩 4y
Dulcinella Have fun! Waving to you when you pass by:-) 4y
BarbaraBB I loved Fear and Trembling 💕 4y
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KateFulfordAuthor @Simona perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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Simona @Dr._Who_number10 Thank you, traveling through books is always fun 😘 4y
Simona @Dulcinella You too 👋👋👋 4y
Simona @BarbaraBB This is my first book by her 🤫🤗 4y
Dr._Who_number10 @Simona Haha no problem!! And don‘t worry! Hope it‘s an awesome book! 4y
Simona @KateFulfordAuthor Thank you, I will check it out.🙂 4y
Simona @Dr._Who_number10 It is a very awesome story, almost a five stars read. 4y
Dr._Who_number10 @Simona AWESOME!!! I‘m glad! 4y
KateFulfordAuthor Thanks for the reply @Simona 4y
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cinann
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One of these days I will get around to reading this book.

#readingresolutions
@jess7

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Simona
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#backpackEurope

I just arrived at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and I‘m waiting for @BarbaraBB to pick me to do some sightseeing ... but first coffee and few pages.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 enjoy. I‘ll be in Amsterdam Thursday/Friday this week. 4y
Simona @TrishB For real or like me- through books? 4y
TrishB Lol! I forgot everyone was doing the books 😁 mine will be for real on a work trip!! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm For a moment, I thought it was for real! 😄 This is an interesting read. @TrishB have a good trip! 4y
Simona @TrishB Yeah...just books for me, but I wish you that you will have some free time 😘 4y
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm I wish that was for real 😔 4y
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Me too, ha ha, I thought did I forget an appointment?! Have fun @Simona and everyone travelling through Amsterdam Airport, I know some great Dutch writers (really, much better than Koch 😉)! 4y
Itchyfeetreader Love it - there‘s a library at the airport you know! I‘m not starting my backpacking trip til tomorrow! 4y
hilded Enjoy your literary stay in Amsterdam, it's such a lovely city 😍 4y
batsy I honestly thought this was real too and was gonna say, "Post pics of you and @BarbaraBB !!" ? 4y
rockpools Safe travels @simona! If you get chance, @BarbaraBB , I'm on the hunt for some Dutch tour-guides/authors... 4y
JenP I love that everyone thinks it‘s a real trip!! 😉 good luck! 4y
JenP Can I ask how you get the Litsy hyperlink? I saw the update posted on the blog 4y
BarbaraBB @RachelO Sure! Here are some: 4y
BarbaraBB Sorry @Simona for spamming your post! 4y
Simona @JenP Thank you 😊 Under the post, where are icons for comments, likes and stacked books is also a arrow. From there you can send the link on your mail and then copying it anywhere you want to. 4y
JenP @Simona wow, thanks! I can‘t believe I‘ve been on Litsy for so long without noticing this! 😂 4y
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe some day this can be done 😘 Don‘t be sorry, books recommendations are never spam‼️ 4y
Simona @Itchyfeetreader I have backpack full of books. I can‘t afford any additional weight 😔😘 4y
Simona Thank you @hilded I wish that trip was for real, not just fictional... 4y
Simona @batsy 😜😂 Maybe next summer 😘 4y
Simona @RachelO Safe travels to you too, I hope that you will not have any troubles with the van. 😘 4y
BarbaraBB That would be great! 4y
Simona @BarbaraBB Well, there‘s a great chance that I'm going to be in the middle of September in Amsterdam, because of the International Media and Technology fair/exhibition 😌 4y
BarbaraBB @Simona IMT, that‘s a big one. Let me know, then we can meet! 😘 4y
Simona @BarbaraBB The biggest one in EU. In early August it will be clear if I go or not.... 4y
hilded @Simona I agree, three months with vacation would be amasing! ☀️🤞🏻 4y
BookwormM Enjoy I was physically there for work 2 weeks ago got to spend a whole hour in the city rest of the time was at office or airport 🤣🤣 4y
Simona @BookwormM A whole hour is just enough for coffee shop😘 4y
sisilia I love Amsterdam 😍 4y
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Simona
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Fun summer reading challenge #backpackEurope

Simona‘s EU route
Starting location: Slovenija
Traveling to: Amsterdam airport
Status: Ready to go

Rules:
https://thereadersroom.org/2018/06/18/summer-reading-challenge-backpack-through-...

ju.ca.no Awesome!! 4y
mhillis Looking forward to your travel updates! 4y
Kalalalatja Wow you are well organized! 👏👏👏 4y
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BookwormM Wow excellent planning love the map 4y
Simona @ju.ca.no I expect some awesome stories through this trip😘 4y
Simona @mhillis ... maybe we will meet in some country, and as you said in your post - bon voyage to you too 😘 4y
Simona @Kalalalatja Thanks ☺️ I have to be, because I won‘t be at home in July for two weeks and I want to read from my TBR ... so I just check my shelves to see which ones I have to borrow from library. 4y
Simona @BookwormM Thank you, I‘m very serious with my challenges this year 😘 4y
JenP Ooh, very nice! Good luck! 4y
Simona @JenP Thank you 😊 4y
Cinfhen My parents are traveling to Slovenia this summer ~ my niece is skating in August 4y
Simona @Cinfhen Ooo, in which city they will be staying? (edited) 4y
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Reviewsbylola
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This is one of those books that should have worked for me. Great cover, A+ title. Engaging and well executed plot. But the writing style left me cold. There is a detached manner about Koch‘s writing that put me off of this. 50% through, I had trouble caring about the characters or what was happening. The ending semi made up for it but by then it was a case of too little, too late. #friendship (with friends like these . . . 😂) #booked2018

TheFunkyBookworm I wonder if some of it is literally lost in translation... have you read The Dinner? 4y
Cinfhen I really liked this book even though the people, kids included were vile! I get total douche vibes from Herman Koch 4y
Cinfhen But it‘s a clever pick for friendship👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well done 4y
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BarbaraBB I think Koch gets a bit repetitive. His characters are always so unlikable. The first time it works, then it gets a bit boring. Still need to read this one though. 4y
emilyhaldi Oh man! I thought this would be a win for you for sure. Will I hate it?? 😬 4y
SledgeReader I loved The Dinner and have to give this one a go. I agree with @BarbaraBB about his unlikeable characters but they were consistently unlikeable. Kind of the “characters I love to hate” thing. @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi 4y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen Missed the douche comment! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣Agree!!! 4y
Mdargusch Great review. I read the dinner years ago, so maybe I‘m ready to read another Koch. 4y
Cinfhen I feel if I ever met Herman Koch, I wouldn‘t like him very much @SledgeReader #KeepingItReal 4y
Reviewsbylola No, I think you‘ll like it more than I did. And I‘m interested in discussing it with you! @emilyhaldi 4y
Reviewsbylola This was my first Koch. I guess it‘s possible that something was lost in translation, but I think the detachment I felt was intentional. It just doesn‘t work for me personally but I do think it was a well done book and I think it will stick with me. @TheFunkyBookworm 4y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen Ha! Agree! Great new way to consider authors. The Dinner is a book I use as an example when I‘m trying to get the feel for a patrons reading preferences. There is a frequent misconception librarians judge people based on their choices. This is my favorite book to put people at ease when you know they are looking for gritty reading material. They usually come back ready to talk and slightly impressed with the variety read. 4y
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I really lost momentum midway through because they were all just assholes. It got tiresome. I really liked the ending though and the overall feel of the book but I found myself skimming large chunks. @BarbaraBB 4y
Reviewsbylola He definitely writes some of the douchiest characters. Every single man in this book was despicable. @Cinfhen 4y
BarbaraBB @cinfhen In fact I did meet him and he is kind of nice, not like any of his characters! 4y
emilyhaldi Ok good! I‘ll give it a try 👍🏻 4y
Cinfhen Glad to hear he‘s pleasant @BarbaraBB but I still get bad vibes from him...and I HATED The Dinner @SledgeReader not because the characters were horrible because it felt so drawn out and it wasn‘t that many pages!!! I disliked the whole buildup. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a book I‘ll be avoiding. Thanks! 😍👏🏻📚 4y
KateFulfordAuthor @Reviewsbylola perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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Reviewsbylola
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@Mdargusch is our bartender tonight so I‘m enjoying my Blueberry Bella and my book. 💁🏼‍♀️ 🍋

emilyhaldi Pretty ✨ 4y
RaimeyGallant What? I'm super jealous of real-life Litten love. 4y
britt_brooke Nice! 4y
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Reviewsbylola She‘s my mom ❤️❤️ @RaimeyGallant 4y
LeahBergen I‘m on my way. 😆 4y
Mdargusch 😋🍋🍹 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Not many liked this book but I enjoyed reading the loathsome characters, the awful and complex unreliable narrator, kept me in suspense till the end.
#marchinbooks #seasoninthetitle

KarenUK I liked it too 👍 5y
Samplergal But heirs other book was full of loathsome characters as well....seems that's hat he rites. 5y
Kaye This was an odd book. I couldn‘t stand the characters but needed to keep reading to see what happened in the end (edited) 5y
JenReadsAlot I liked it as well! 5y
Cathythoughts I must get back to this one. I think I‘ll like it ..... just that I over did it with these books initially 😉 a lot say this Swimming Pool is the best 👍🏻 5y
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Sha0102
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Pickpick

Great book. Loved it. It's a bit slow in the first pages but then the rythim is perfect. I'll definetly look at doctors in a different way from now on. #Sha2018

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Cinfhen
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#NuYear I usually enjoy a story where the characters and plot involve #moral ambiguity 😈Herman Koch writes really unlikeable and deplorable characters...I liked Summer House but hated The Dinner....however both books have plenty to discuss. Has anyone read Dear Mr. M?!?!

erzascarletbookgasm Koch seems to be very good in stories that challenge our moral stand...I liked these two books, the characters are awful! Dear Mr M on my wishlist 🙂 5y
TrishB Hated The Dinner so wouldn‘t be tempted by the other one. 5y
Cathythoughts Koch perfect here. I didn‘t read Swimming Pool. We did The Dinner for book club - & yes lots of moral questions to discuss. I read Dr Mr M - very good , lots of suspense 👍🏻 5y
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krismlars I was so turned off by the dinner that I decided to skip swimming pool. 5y
Sarahr875 I am the odd one out I guess. I really enjoyed the dinner. It was a horrible situation with unlikeable characters but Koch was able to make me feel so many different ways during that book. I felt like his character development was great, and I liked the way the story was set up. It really does give you so much to think about. I like that! Thanks for the recommendation, I‘ll have to read this one! 5y
mom2bugnbee @sarahr875 I enjoyed The Dinner also. Normally I don't like books when I can't find even one character to root for, but this one had me quickly turning pages. 5y
TorieStorieS Mr. M was my first Koch! I liked it much more than The Dinner- but I also read it whereas I listened to The Dinner. 5y
emilyhaldi I enjoyed The Dinner so I definitely need to try more from him! 5y
Cinfhen I'm hoping my #OverDrive will have Dear Mr. M 🤞🏼🤞🏼 @Cathythoughts @TorieStorieS @mom2bugnbee @Sarahr875 @erzascarletbookgasm @emilyhaldi I'll think you'll like Summer House 5y
L_auren @Cinfhen I hated The Dinner too!! We are on a mutual hate roll this week! 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Dr Schlosser and his family stay at his client‘s (a celebrity) summer house in the Mediterranean. The guests at the Summer House have their days filled with swimming in the pool, table tennis, trips to the beach and BBQs, but there are undercurrents and things begin to fall apart. Detestable characters but this book kept me in suspense right through to the end.
#scenesfromabook #swimmingpool

Lcsmcat Is this as dark as 5y
JoeStalksBeck Omg I love this book! 5y
Cathythoughts I loved The Dinner & Dr Mr M ! Must read this one. I agree in the ones I read too , the characters are nasty, but the suspense held me. 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm @Lcsmcat I find this darker than The Dinner. The main character is awful! Lol! But I did like this book and The Dinner 🙂 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I liked The Dinner, yet to read 🙂 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts will you email me at issejchoo at yahoo dot com. I‘ll like to ask for your address:) 5y
Lcsmcat @erzascarletbookgasm I liked The Dinner a lot, but my book group complained about how dark it was. I‘ll read this one without them. 😀 5y
KateFulfordAuthor @erzascarletbookgasm perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

Learn more via the link in the BIO
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Sweettartlaura
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Oh, my... what a nasty group of characters. I can‘t remember the last time I read a book so full of unlikeable characters.
Yet somehow, I still liked the book. It‘s compelling, even as you sink deeper into the muck of their lives. You know nothing good is going to come of this. But still, Koch makes sure you WANT to know all the sordid details.

Cinfhen I felt the same way...what a dirty bunch...I still need to read 5y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen That‘s on my list, too. I kept being surprised at how ... easily shifted Marc‘s moral center was. I could get behind a character who spread cancer in his daughter‘s rapist 😜 I could even forgive him when he finds out he was wrong. But then to spend time with Stanley, who didn‘t rape his daughter, but sure has a distasteful relationship with young girls??? Blech 😖 5y
Cinfhen That was my biggest pull too...all of these people had such skewed moral compasses...this would make a great bookclub read, don‘t you think 🤔 5y
erzascarletbookgasm A bunch of detestable people! I enjoyed this book nevertheless. @Cinfhen The Dinner makes a good book club read too - lots of things to discuss. :) 5y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen I‘m not sure. Who wants to take the side of any of these people? 😜 5y
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Very much like The Dinner, this one has loathsome characters..a more awful and complex unreliable narrator who has a calculating mind. There're cruel jokes and things that make you squirm; the dark and unimaginable thoughts we keep within ourselves. It questions our ideas about guilt, blame and responsibility. Koch seems to be very good in stories that challenge our moral stand; unsettling stories with much ambiguity that appall or even offend us.

MrBook Great review! 5y
batsy Excellent review, I've been meaning to give one of his books a try. 5y
Cathythoughts That really sums up Koch. Well said. Must go back to Summerhouse, I think I started it too soon after the Dinner ! Great review 👏 5y
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rohit-sawant Fantastic review! 5y
Simona I like the The Dinner too and your review convince me that I have to read this one - soon! 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @MrBook @rohit-sawant thank you 😊 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thanks, hope you'll get to read it (though this doesn't sound like your preferred genre) and look forward to your thoughts :) 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Thank you. 😊If you liked The Dinner, you should give this another chance :) 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @Simona haha, go for it! 😁 5y
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#firstlineofcurrentread #anditsaugust
A dark tale of a summer holiday gone wrong. The protagonist is a complex unreliable narrator. #currentread

Cathythoughts I read The Dinner & Dear Mr M. Great books ! I tried summer house but bailed, must try again. Koch is a very engaging writer. Will look forward to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy (edited) 5y
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#riotgrams #summerreads

Koch has such a weird, warped mind (and I mean that in the best possible way). His books always linger for me. ☀️

vivastory Just finished The Dinner last night 5y
LeslieO This is on my #summerTBR also! 5y
Tillie Awfully good, with the emphasis on awful. 5y
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@Liberty Here are three books I read and enjoyed with a season in the title 🌸🌼🌺Summer House is dark& disturbing, Fall of Marigolds is dual narrative/timeline and Winter of the World is a behemoth novel , starting after WWI continuing through the mid 1950's tracing 5 family dynasties. All good reads! #SPRINGCLEANING

christineandbooks Love Susan Meissner's books... 6y
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#17rainbowbooks #redspines books from my shelves.
Have you read any of these?
@jess.how

Cinfhen I read three and really enjoyed 6y
KarenUK @Cinfhen I really enjoyed the Koch one too 😊👍.... and Atonement is a favorite of mine..... 💕 (edited) 6y
howjessicareads Only Atonement! 😢 6y
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#17booklove Some of my #redbooks on my shelf. All to be read. 😅 Which one do you reckon I start first?
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Whoa! This book was effed up! Truly despicable characters with so much moral ambiguity. This would make for excellent book club discussion. Obligation to patients/family, Trust/ honor , victim or villain??? So many questions
This book was dark and disturbing. Total creep! Filled a few of my challenges too. #LRC15 #translatedbook #popsugar #bookwithseasonintitle @BetterWorldBooks #translatedbook

JoeStalksBeck I loved this book! His other one The Dinner is really good! 6y
ChasingOm I love Koch books! 6y
mauveandrosysky This has been on my shelf forever. I may have to bump it up now! 6y
Cinfhen @Book_Addict @ChasingOm This is one sick dude, but I'm a fan😊I just wouldn't want to leave my daughter alone in his company 😬 @mauveandrosysky if you're in the mood for twisted and dark, definitely go for it! I'm definitely going to try 6y
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I'm at the half way point and completely hooked! The narrator is a total d🖕🏼ck, and I know something terrible is about to happen but I can't turn away. The equivalent to rubbernecking on the highway 😱

Lola I love this author! Looking forward to reading 6y
LeahBergen He's revolting but I couldn't turn away. 😂 6y
Cinfhen @Lola reviews are pretty harsh on Dear Mr. M so this will definitely be a library read, but one I'm looking forward to and yes @LeahBergen revolting is the perfect description🐷🐷🐷 6y
LDuffN I've had this on my bookshelf for a year. Maybe it's time to move it to the top of the stack. 6y
Cinfhen Oh the pressure @LDuffN 😝Hope you find it as cringeworthy as I am!!! If you get to it, share your thoughts🙂 6y
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To all the Littens who stacked Prague Winter....you may want to rethink that one....it kept getting drier and drier until I couldn't take it a minute longer...Just started Summer House with Swimming Pool, completely different from Madeleine Albright but works for the #popsugarchallenge ~ book with one of the four seasons 😉It is also a translated novel which fills #LRC15 and @BetterWorldBooks reading challenge 🤓

JoeStalksBeck Hey. I found another of those Templar books! I want to send them to you! 6y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Book_Addict 😃They were for my hubby and he actually found them from Amazon marketplace! I appreciate you keeping me in mind❤️have a wonderful weekend💋 6y
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I love the summer months and I'm always looking forward to their return. These two novels remind me that warm weather is just around the corner! ☀️ #day6 #dreamingofawarmerclimate #readjanuary

CherylDeFranceschi Beautiful photo! 6y
Lakesidemusing Great photo!!😎 6y
DebinHawaii Great pic! I loved 300 days of sun-love like a trip to Portugal in the pages! 📚👍 6y
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LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 6y
Joanne1 We're sweltering through something of a heat wave here in south east Australia. Perhaps I should read some wintry?! 6y
PurpleyPumpkin @Joanne1 😂 Isn't it crazy how hot it is in your neck of the woods and how cold it is in mine? It's all relative I guess. I would definitely pick something wintry for you!😉 6y
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Downloaded the ebook from the library the found it on audible for 3.95!!! I'm so pumped!

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I loved The Dinner so much I had to get this❤️👍🏻 his sarcasm has me wrapped around his finger 😀

Alfoster Dear Mr. M next on my TBR stack!! 6y
JoeStalksBeck @Alfoster I want that one too! It's next for me also 😀 6y
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Saw this post by Grammarly on FB and I had to share. 📚❤️😍📖

Em890 Beautiful quote 6y
DebinHawaii I love this quote! 📚❤️ 6y
lynneamch Yes Yes Yes. If I were stilll teaching, I would use this as a jounal prompt. Thanks for sharing. ❤❤❤ 6y
melbeautyandbooks @lynneamch - That is a great idea! 6y
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This has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. Then Stephen King reminded me to read it

Sweettartlaura I just bought this! How is it? 6y
Jenn1 I'm still in the beginnings, seems a mediocre start but I'm anxious to see where it goes. 6y
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Panpan

I love an unlikeable narrator as much as the next person, but all the characters were one-sided and this dragged for me. Koch can definitely write, but I almost threw up reading some of his descriptions (the abscess in the eye really got me 👀). I can see why some people might like it but I just was bored reading it.