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Geachte heer M.

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  6,262 ratings  ·  870 reviews
In Geachte heer M. – het langverwachte nieuwe boek van Herman Koch – had de eens zo gevierde schrijver M. zijn grootste succes met een roman over de geruchtmakende verdwijning van Jan Landzaat. Deze leraar geschiedenis verdween na een korte affaire met een bloedmooie leerlinge, en werd voor het laatst gezien bij het vakantiehuisje waar zij met haar nieuwe vriendje verbleef ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Anthos
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Debbie

OMG OMG OMG!! My head is spinning. All I know is that I was so jazzed when I finished this book at 1 a.m. last night, I just had to write down a list of the things that happened to make sure I understood it all. This is a literary mystery about some nasty people who have some god-awful secrets and plans. The storytelling is phenomenal.

When I closed my Kindle, it felt like I had just finished drinking three cups of java. Overstimulation! Help! I didn’t need this mania in the middle of the night;
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Elyse Walters
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading 'Herman Koch' is like biting into hot fresh bake bread directly from the oven!
Add some melted butter to your steamy soft & crusty chunk with a glass of wine...
and you'll be in heaven with *fireworks*. And page after page there are some
brilliant -'thought provoking' paragraphs about the most basic situations which will turn your brain into red and black licorice twisters.
It's the type of deliciously - original crafting- complex -entertaining book, that when you get to the very last
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Carol
Herman Koch sure knows how to write one crazy-ass, complex, whodunit thriller!!!

Ok, one minute I'm creeped out, the next cracking up, then confusion sets in.....What? Who is narrating now? Ok, now I'm perplexed, but also drawn-in; I cannot wait to figure out what in the hell is going on.

I also cannot believe the crude, twisted, heartless characters in this novel.......oh wait a minute.....yes I can, I read The Dinner and Summerhouse with a Swimming Pool.

Anyway, in DEAR MR. M, you have an aging w

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Dem
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A slow moving and complex tale that takes patience and time to unravel

Having loved the The Dinner I was really looking forward toDear Mr. M by Herman Koch.

The premise for the novel drew me in and Herman Korch's cast of dislikeable characters never fail to deliver. However I did find for the most part this story tedious and dull and while the first few chapters had me intrigued I did however find myself losing interest as the story is quite complex and difficult to follow and the end result was
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Zoeytron
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

You can always count on Herman Koch to serve up a novel that is going to be a different repast from the cookie-cutter offerings that abound. Dear Mr. M is no exception. There is little chance of the publisher sticking a blurb on the covers of his books touting it as the next "Gone Girl". We can all applaud that!

Mr. M is a writer of some fame, but whose star is quickly burning out. No longer a young man, his latest book is not enjoying soari
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Edward Lorn
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: authors
WINNER OF BEST TRANSLATED NOVEL 2016

In subtext and content and delivery, Herman Koch says to novelists everywhere, "Do better." As a writer, I think I got a little more from this book than a non-writer would. I caught all the nods to form and style and competition. Sure, this book is a thriller, after a fashion, but it is also a punch in the face to the lazy writers of the world. Toward the end of the novel, there's a passage that gracefully explains my hatred for writers like James Patterson an
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Chelsea Humphrey
Find more of my reviews on my blog: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

Date Read: 07/29/16
Pub Date: 09/06/17

3 STARS

Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publ
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Betsy Robinson
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herman Koch has remarkable writer’s gifts: X-ray vision for the hidden thoughts and inner workings of everyone from an old man to a teenage girl, perfect pitch for dialogue, and such command of structure and plot that my persnickety editor’s mind disappears and I read with a fan’s full abandon, confident that I can give myself totally to the unfolding story.

I loved Koch’s The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool , so I was predisposed to surrendered joy in reading for his new book, Dear
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Jill
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A reader reads a book. If it’s a good book, he forgets himself. That’s all a book has to do.”

So says the eponymous Mr. M, a respected yet fading novelist and one of the key characters in Herman Koch’s novel. And by that criterion, Dear Mr. M is a smashing success. Once I started reading it, I forgot myself and couldn't put it down.

Years ago, Mr. M wrote a bestseller entitled Payback, based on a widely-circulated news story of a teenage couple who may have been responsible for the killing of a t
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Robin
I've found yet another author to admire.

This was my first foray into the dark world of Dutch writer Herman Koch, and I was not disappointed.

The story revolves around a writer, "Mr. M", who is in his eighties and whose fame is dwindling into "has-been" status. He is being stalked by an unnamed man who is also his neighbour. The watching neighbour has a bitter contempt for Mr. M, for writers and their process. Danger hovers in the air. I immediately relished the biting and critical voice.

But it'
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Tooter
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Definitely his best.
Roger Brunyate
Koch Grows as a Novelist, but Loses Impact

Herman Koch's three novels have gradually been getting more complex, but they all revolve around similar themes. I am not sure whether the greater complexity speaks to an increased maturity and assurance on the part of the author, or merely dilutes the power of his raw ideas. Personally, I felt there were far too many things going on in this latest of his books, to the detriment of its effectiveness overall. But this is still the same Herman Koch; those
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Fidan Lurin
“A reader reads a book. If it’s a good book, he forgets himself. That’s all a book has to do. When the reader can’t forget himself and keeps having to think about the writer the whole time, the book is a failure. That has nothing to do with fun. If it’s fun you’re after, buy a ticket for a roller coaster.”

I finished Herman Koch’s newest, perhaps bestselling novel quite a few weeks ago. I absolutely loved The Dinner, which I read for a Narrative Theory class I was taking a few months back becaus
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Debbie "DJ"
Review to follow...when I wrap my head around this!
switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dutch writer Herman Koch is a master of literary mystery, a lean, cool, sardonic writer that tends to stay a step ahead of his readers, and is genius at looking behind abhorrent behaviors. His murder mysteries are less whodunit (although that is there, also), and are more psychological and psychopathological. Motive is the last thing we generally learn, which can be more thrilling than the culprit who did it. In this case, we ask ourselves if there WAS a murder.

Aging writer M, who is troubled b
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Malia
Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this at all. Koch's books are usually so readable, despite being filled with despicable characters. I'll have to give this one a miss, even though it's always a tiny struggle to shelve a book DNF:-(

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Barbara

3.5 stars

Dutch author "Mr. M" is an older man, well past his writing prime, with a beautiful young wife and a little daughter. Mr. M's most popular book, based on a real life occurrence, is called "Payback." Published four decades ago, "Payback" tells the story of two high school students accused of killing their history teacher.

The teacher, Mr. Landzaat - a married man with two daughters - had an affair with a pretty student named Laura. When Laura dumped Landzaat to hook up with a fellow hi
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Mike W
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Dear Mr. M." Koch continues with the general theme that has permeated his other novels, an unmasking of evil found in seemingly normal, productive members of society. He shocked me with "The Dinner", I never saw its conclusion coming. However, because of that novel, I was ready for his next one "Summer House with Swimming Pool." I wondered, with the release of "Dear Mr. M." if his signature, cynical take on human nature could possibly hold any surprises. It did. Not only that, but it manages ...more
Bianca
Quite the mindfuck (pardon my French, but I can't think of a more apt descriptor).

Having appreciated The Dinner, I was curious about the latest novel from Herman Koch.

Dear Mr. M was brilliant and perverse, or brilliantly perverse, with quite a few themes and plots demanding our attention. At times, voices, subplots changed abruptly, which I found jarring, but after a little while, I understood what was happening. Somewhere in the middle, it got a bit tedious, as there were too many details about
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Amanda
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a complicated twisted literary mystery that left me scrambling back through it looking for clues I might have missed. Koch masterfully weaves together multiple storylines creating some despicable characters and horrifying situations.

My only complaint is that there is one part that is heavy on politics and it seems to serve little purpose. That section could have used some editing but overall this is highly readable and very enjoyable.
Marianne
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s not something that can simply be turned on and off, this constant observing of superabundant detail; he is a writer, he tells himself, but the vacuuming up of details is purely obsessive. Often, after a day in the city, or a meal in a crowded restaurant, he comes home exhausted by all those faces and their irregularities.”

Dear Mr M is the eighth novel by Dutch actor, television and radio producer, newspaper columnist and author, Herman Koch, and the third to be translated into English. “De
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Adrian White
Hmm, you know when you start to wonder if the effort is worth it? I did finish this book but I thought it was way too long and the answer to my question was 'no'.
Susan
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having loved this author’s two previous novels, “The Dinner,” and “Summer House with Swimming Pool,” I was really looking forward to reading his latest. This novel revolves around an ageing author, who lives with his much younger wife and little daughter. The author spends his time doing talks, readings and signings, but we are aware that his best work is behind him and his career is now on the wane. His most successful book was called, “Payback,” and was loosely based upon the disappearance of ...more
Karen
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last Herman Koch story I read was strange, dark and had unlikeable characters along with an unreliable narrator. That seems to be his style as I found the same qualities in this book, so I don’t recommend to readers who like uplifting, light reads. Koch is an author who skillfully develops the personalities of his loathsome characters and alternating points of view. At times I wanted to put this book down just as I had with ‘The Dinner’ because of unsettling passages and creepiness of its’ r ...more
Maarten
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
De middelmatigheid waarvan Koch (zijn) leraren in het middelbaar onderwijs beticht (ooit een onterechte onvoldoende gehad, mr Koch?), geldt ook voor dit boek. De voor Koch kenmerkende cynische kijk op de wereld die doorspekt is van de nodige humor vind je slechts spaarzaam terug in Geachte heer M. De roman is dan wel bijzonder vlot leesbaar door Kochs heldere stijl zonder al te veel franjes, de minpunten overheersen. Er zijn de vlak uitgewerkte personages (de schrijver in de roman is een wandele ...more
Kristina
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Herman Koch's two previous books (The Dinner & Summer House with Swimming Pool) I eagerly anticipated this new book, Dear Mr. M, and I was not disappointed. This book reminded me why I liked those other books so much and why I especially liked Koch's writing style. Sharp, inventive, and with a completely unique mystery story--Dear Mr. M had me tearing through the pages and totally engrossed with the story and the characters. I felt like the ending wrapped up a little too quickly ...more
Galina
Онези, които харесват "Вечерята" и "Вила с басейн", спокойно могат да пропуснат тази книга и да останат с добрите впечатления от двата предходни романа.

Онези, които не харесват "Вечерята" и "Вила с басейн"... ами, те също спокойно могат да я пропуснат.
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Mr. M has become a famous literary figure after the success of his novel based on a real life incident. But why does his neighbour closely watch him? Why does he stalk him and his family?

Even though the book is a psychological mystery, I think Koch’s character development that attracts you to the novel. There are many different POVs- the writer, the stalker, the writer’s wife and sometimes even the characters in the writer’s book. But at no point do the POVs become confusing. Sometimes the book
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Marjorie
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarything
I enjoyed the newest book by Herman Koch very much. I think it’s his best yet. It’s the story of Mr. M, a well-known author who wrote a successful novel based on the real-life possible murder of a high school teacher by two of his students. Parts of the book are told by Mr. M, while parts of the books are told by his spooky neighbor, who has a tremendous interest in Mr. M and his family and doesn’t miss a second of watching them.

The author does a very good job of structuring this interesting sto
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Kasa Cotugno
This, the third Herman Koch novel to be transcribed into English, is his most intriguing yet. His first, The Dinner, was really about family dynamics. His second, unveiled a medical mystery. But Dear Mr. M. displays his advancement as a writer both in style and content, in tackling the ephemeral nature of fame for a writer. Told from shifting points of view that are not always made clear, it is almost pointillist, or even more like a portrait by Chuck Close, in that the total picture is comprise ...more
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Herman Koch (1953) is known as a television producer and a writer. The book 'Het diner', published in 2009, was his breakthrough in the Netherlands. It was published in 17 countries. It was partly based on a true story involving a homeless woman named, María del Rosario Endrinal Petit, in Barcelona (Spain), in December 2005.

Koch was born in Arnhem, and later moved to Amsterdam. He studied Russian
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“We shouldn’t want to force anyone to read, just as little as we should want to force people to go to the movies, listen to music, have sex, or consume alcoholic beverages. Literature doesn’t belong in a secondary school. No, it belongs more on the list of things I just mentioned. The list that includes sex and drugs, all the things that give us pleasure without any external coercion. A required reading list? How dare we!” 4 likes
“Het was als met een verhaal. Als met een boek. Wat is het dat wij van een boek verlangen? Dat iemand een ontwikkeling doormaakt - dat hij tot inzicht komt? Maar stel dat die ontwikkeling en dat inzicht er niet zijn? Dat staat in wezen toch ook veel dichter bij de werkelijkheid? Mensen die in hun leven een ontwikkeling doormaken zijn op de vingers van één hand te tellen. Om over inzicht nog maar te zwijgen. Nee, de werkelijkheid is dat wij altijd dezelfde blijven. We zien een film in de bioscoop en besluiten een ander leven te gaan leiden, maar de volgende dag zijn we dat alweer vergeten. We nemen ons voor om aardiger te zijn, om aandachtiger te luisteren. Dat houden we een halve dag vol. Daarna snauwen we weer als vanouds - het snauwen is dat ene afgedragen jasje dat ons het best past.” 2 likes
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