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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; ...more
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 pag ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Date Read: 07/29/16
Pub Date: 09/06/17
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 h ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Aging writer M, who is troubled b ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
As you'd guess, "forced myself to read it" doe ...more
I wish books had a warning label, "Filled with unbearable teenyboppers." Also maybe a warning label, "Written by Herman Koch." Another possibility, "190 pages of this are unnecessary." These warning labels would aid the unsuspecting reader. ...more
The author does a very good job of structuring this interesting sto ...more
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 ...more
Koch was born in Arnhem, and later moved to Amsterdam. He studied Russian ...more