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The Dinner Party

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Charming, rich and handsome, Senator Richard Cromwell is about to give a dinner party on a day that will change his life. From affairs of state to affairs of love, readers participate in an emotionally charged encounter with the reality of love.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Dell (first published January 1st 1987)
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On the one hand, this book presents a pretty simplistic view of mid-1980s America, when Ronald Reagan was president and the AIDS epidemic was just getting started. Race relations, politics, old money--these are presented in a stereotypical way, and some of the characters are more like caricatures. Still, I did find myself wanting to know what happened, and engaged with certain characters, like Senator Cromwell. A product of its time, with some redeeming characteristics.
I read this book over a long weekend while visiting my dad. The book was only okay and had I not wanted to find out how one particular problem was solved--the relationship between the senator and his son--I don't know if I would have finished this book. I think that I was expecting a story more like a Dominic Dunne historical fiction story. This book was not that. I do not know if I would read anymore by Howard Fast. I will say that this book did make me think about it for a few days after I fin ...more
Charles Duvel
My first time reading a Howard Fast novel. Since the novel was published in 1985 and the story pretty clearly reflects the thinking of the time regarding heavy topics like homosexuality and AIDS it is a bit dated. Still, I kept waiting for something dramatic to happen which never seemed to occur. Might be more for fans of Sydney Sheldon or someone. My final summation: Meh, did not do anything for me.
Only read it because my grandmother gave it to me. Definitely not my kind of book.
This was an interesting book, it takes place in the course of one day (and I was able to read it in a day), makes you think about values, politics, relationships and how people handle the prospect of death.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This was a very profound book. it all revolves around a dinner party... but many crises are occurring underneath the calm of the day. I don't want to spoil it but it is a good book
This is less Gone Girl and really a mash-up of Gods of Carnage and Defending Jacob. If you liked that play/movie and book, then by all means read The Dinner Party. I did not like either.
Kim Westheimer
Just picked up this book at a library yard sale. Not the best written book in the world but despite tending toward a didactic tone the book engaged me and I read it in two days.
This was Howard Fast at his worst.
Love Howard Fast. Good book
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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