Family is really complicated. We all know it. There’s no one you love quite like your family members, and there’s no one you hate quite like your family members.
Family is the subject of Herman Koch’s novel “The Dinner”: family and the things it makes us do. How far would we go, to protect a family member? How do we judge which family member to protect? How do we think about, how do we think ourselves into, doing terrible things for family?
Central to the novel is the protagonist’s determined belief that his family is happy. As the story unravels, it becomes clear that this is a very long way from the truth. But what does that mean? And what does it mean to try to be happy?
It’s a question book, not an answer book. I like those.