The tour de force, hair raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming PoolOnce 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 afThe tour de force, hair raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming PoolOnce 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 publication, M s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.That was years ago, and now M s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him Why From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates Thanks to The Reckoning, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the story off its rails With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed tour de force suspending readers in the mysterious literary gray space between fact and fiction, promising to keep them awake at n
Dear Mr M The tour de force hair raising new novel from Herman Koch New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming PoolOnce a celebrated writer M s greatest success came with
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 I needed t [...]
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 wined 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 page, you re tempted to [...]
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 inWhat 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.s I can, I read The Dinner and Summerhouse with a Swimming Pool.Anyway, in DEAR MR M, you have an aging writer with a wisecrack [...]
A slow moving and complex tale that takes patience and time to unravelHaving 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 far [...]
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 soaring sales [...]
WINNER OF BEST TRANSLATED NOVEL 2016In subtext and content and delivery, Herman Koch says to novelists everywhere, Do better As a writer, I think I got a little 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 and Clive Cu [...]
Find of my reviews on my blog thesuspenseisthrillingme Date Read 07 29 16Pub Date 09 06 173 STARSOnce 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 publication, M s novel was [...]
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 Mr M [...]
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 teacher, a [...]
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 s not a typ [...]
4.5 Stars Definitely his best.
4.5 stars.I don t want to say too much about the plot of Dear Mr M for fear of spoiling the adventure of discovery for others But let me say it involves an aging writer Mr.M married to a much younger woman, a young man who s interested in this writer, and a group of teenagers with an annoying history teacher There is a kind of mystery thriller aspect to the story The narrative point of view alternates among characters, and that s one of the things that make the book so successful The writing is [...]
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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 because of Koch [...]
Koch Grows as a Novelist, but Loses ImpactHerman Koch s three novels have gradually been getting 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 who like [...]
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 to be a much c [...]
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 psychological and psychopathological Motive is the last thing we generally learn, which can be thrilling than the culprit who did it In this case, we ask ourselves if there WAS a murder Aging writer M, who is troubled by his current [...]
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 high schooler named [...]
Quite the mindfuck pardon my French, but I can t think of a 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 the teen [...]
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.
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 Find reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen
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 Dear Mr [...]
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 a history [...]
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 and there were [...]
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 residen [...]
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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.
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 even sl [...]
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 story and [...]
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 wandelend clich [...]