Dear Mr. M

Dear Mr. M

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Dinner" and "Summer House with Swimming Pool"
Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair with a beautiful student of his. The teacher was never found. Upon publication, M's novel was a runaway bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.
That was years ago, and now M's career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him and his wife. Why?
From alternating points of view, where no one is to be trusted, Herman Koch weaves together an intricate 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 M's novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails.
With ever increasing tension, his signature sardonic wit and world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed performance that suspends readers in the mysterious space between fact and fiction."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781410491572
Characteristics: 587 pages.

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Pisinga
Nov 30, 2017

It is a little surprising the excessive intimate receptiveness allowed for adolescents in the Netherlands. Of course, my judgment is based on the content of the book.
Impression that all the experiences of writer Mr. M, one of the characters of the book-reflect thoughts about social environment of Koch himself. In any case, perhaps, his fear of the fall of aging author from pedestal of the former glory.
And the emphasis on the fact that, for the sake of “his own child”, a book, a work the writer is capable of doing anything, even commit a crime.

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Slowj
Mar 24, 2017

Had to renew this book several times to get through it. I don't mind stories being told from different perspectives, but this was so drawn out. I would not recommend this book.

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gvenkatesh
Mar 12, 2017

An Escheresque work in which the fictitious author of a successful novel and the person on whom the novel was based on are linked in the plot like a Möbius strip to bring out each other for the reader. A bold and ambitious construction.

The result however, if written by an author without a history of well-received books like The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool, would likely have been rejected by the publishers sparing the reader of hours of boredom.

The premise allows the author to explore a writer and the process of writing itself. And in the process surely exposing his own feelings as a mix of cynicism, jadedness and the emotions of feeling burnt out that most authors go through. A similar introspection by Bob Seger made the song "Turn the Page" a classic. Reading this novel, however, is more like being in a concert of a band you like and putting up with long boring jams that don't do anything for you but hanging on for the bits that made you like the band before.

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MamaLovesBooks
Dec 13, 2016

A good read - starts off with a good hook, keeps you entertained, a couple of good plot twists (and ending). Not nearly as good as The Dinner. I think a guy might appreciate his perspective better than I did, and recommended this book to my husband.

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JILLYJELLY
Oct 17, 2016

This is the 3rd book I've read because Stephen King recommended it. It will be the last. On and on it went and the ending I found disappointing.

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laphampeak
Oct 16, 2016

Hmmm...The author zings another story with twists and turns that take the reader, with a bit of effort, to an ending that isn't complete until the last number of pages. The narrative switched back and forth from different characters which took more concentration to follow but always tempted me to continue. Worth the effort.

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