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Then we have the rape, which is carelessly provided in the book summary. Marc is frenetic in his search for the rapist and goes this way and that way, accusing everyone. The summary also suggests that the rape is a catalyst for another event. This is one of the places that this book succeeded. But still, there is that to look forward to. Twist and turns and metaphors galore in between, we are taken on a Gylian Flynn-esque, albeit a more sophisticated, adventure.

I also have to comment on the large percentage of people who were fiercely opposed to the degree in which women were portrayed as objects. Lets consider the amount of disparaging gay comments, cause I can better attend to those, cause you know, gay, male parts, etc.

At first I pushed against ideas presented in the book, particularly those interpreting gay men as flawed and worthy of eradication. Life is a bummer, but you have to step away, see these things from an objective view, and realize that people do think these things. Am I going to laugh at the notion that people hate you, actually hate you for biological reasons beyond your control; oh hell yah.

Now, here is my problem with the application of homophobia and the victimization of women as it is applied to this book. They had no practical use. We all know that women are subjected to a culture steeped in male privilege. The fact remains that all this had nothing to do with the novel.

As time has passed, his practice has gradually become a place frequented by artists and actors, often suffering from either hypochondria or illnesses brought on by their lifestyles. Marc has a reputation for being willing to help out with the occasional prescription for drugs that might not be strictly medically necessary.

Human bodies are horrible enough as it is, even with their clothes on. Not the folds of fat in which it is always too warm and the bacteria have free rein, not the fungal growths and infections between the toes… As the book begins we learn that Marc is being investigated for malpractice by the Board of Medical Examiners over the death of one of his patients, successful actor Ralph Maier. This is a wonderful book. The writing is brilliant and the translation by Sam Garrett is so good that I had to check that it actually was a translation — it reads as smoothly as if it were originally written in English.

Most of the characters are fairly repellent, with both Marc and Ralph coming close to being grotesques, and yet Koch keeps the reader totally involved, desperate to know what happened and why. Biology is a force to be reckoned with. An ugly child is a child you love with all your heart and soul too. The pacing is perfect, the writing and translation are superb, and Marc is an unforgettable character.

One of the best books of the year, in my opinion — highly recommended. NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Crown Publishing. I don't think I have encountered a character like Marc Schlosser in quite some time. He's equal parts good guy and freak, potential friend and abhorrent creature.

Marc himself is ambivalent about so many things, perhaps including his own sense of who he is. On the one hand, he is a successful doctor whose patients include Dutch celebrities. He has figured out how to treat them without truly treating the I don't think I have encountered a character like Marc Schlosser in quite some time. He has figured out how to treat them without truly treating them. He allots a prescribed amount of time for each one about 20 minutes , asking questions and letting his patients talk about what they need to discuss, then offering a bland treatment.

He believes this works; he thinks that most physical ailments are far less severe than the patient does, and what we need is time and empathy rather than a trip to the pharmacy.

He's also a doctor who does not like to touch people. Marc does everything short of feeling the room to avoid actually coming into physical contact with his patients. He puts on rubber gloves, shudders with disgust and fear , and heads in for an examination with great trepidation.

Yet he's something of a success, and his patients keep coming back. On the home front, Marc may not be quite the fabulous husband or father.

He admits that he wishes he had at least one son as opposed to his two daughters. He tries to minimize this by pointing out the insecurities that fathers of daughters face, but once said, his damming wishes can't be unheard. It isn't so much that he's a bad father as not a terribly present one, much like he is in his marriage. Carolyn, clearly, is more than he deserves in a wife, and when he mistreats her - when he betrays her - it makes me despise him. The trip to the summer house is a bad idea from the start.

Carolyn knows it, and since we trust Carolyn, we wish Marc would see what she does. When Carolyn points out that Marc is under some sort of thrall where Ralph Meier is concerned, we know it's true. Marc, though, can't see it. And if he can't see it, then it doesn't exist. Something awful happens during the trip, as Carolyn and we knew would. Marc's response again cements him as someone we aren't sure we like.

But the thing is, Marc believes that his actions are utterly justified. He breaches no moral code, he behaves in no way dishonorably. Can we trust him? I think so. He fully discloses his mistakes and misjudgments, even if he doesn't see them that way. He's able to justify everything he does, which, while not endearing, does make us trust him. This isn't to say that Marc does not manipulate. Watch how he interacts with Judith, Ralph Meier's wife and widow.

That is manipulation in its most selfish, cruelest form. Compelling writing does not dictate that we have to admire and treasure the characters, though.

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In fact, some of the most memorable books are those in which it is difficult to find someone worth our affection. Gone Girl may be an obvious choice, but what about the sacred cow that is Catcher in the Rye? Did you like all of those people? Of course, Marc will tell you that he responds to what happens at the summer house the way he does because he is a devoted father. He conveniently ignores all that he did before that event because those actions were decidedly not akin to a loving father or husband.

Marc is selfish, no doubt, and he may wish for sons, but does love his family. I enjoyed this book so much. It isn't easy to read because most of the characters are so deplorable, but it's well-written, and the characters are anything but flat. My biggest - my only - complaint is the ending. It doesn't hold the dramatic impact that I wish it did.

Published on Carpe Libros carpelibros There's been a medical mistake, and famous actor Ralph Meier is now dead. The hospital blames the actor's general practitioner, Dr. Marc Schlosser, and calls him before the Medical Review Board.

And that's where the book opens. Marc and his wife, Caroline, and their daughters Julia and Lisa.

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Full house! The group spends long lazy days by the pool or on the beach; grilling out fresh seafood and drinking wine by the bottle. The kids all get along really well and spend their days in the pool and playing ping pong. No itinerary, nowhere to be, just relaxing. On the surface. Under the surface That's another story. Nearly all the adults in this book are pretty despicable. Summer House With Swimming Pool is told from Marc's point of view, so we get to hear all his thoughts about the patients he treats.

He looks down on all of them. Scratch that. Marc actually loathes all of them. There are a few diatribes where he talks about how disgusting he finds their naked bodies, and how he can only barely stand to listen to them talk when they come in for their check-ups.

At first I was making a comparison to the fictional Dr. House of TV fame, but Dr. Schlosser feels much meaner and more spiteful.

And then so many of his motivations, for the choices he makes and the actions he takes, while on this vacation are just skewed so far from what I would consider "normal" that it's almost appalling. And guess what? The other men aren't right either. There's Ralph, who is openly lecherous toward females. He's pretty non-discriminatory: Then there's Stanley, who's over 50 and dating a girl who is roughly 18 or But that's not enough for him, either; he joins Ralph in flirting with other girls at the bar or on the beach.

Then the unthinkable happens, and Julia is raped one night at the beach. Due to a combination of alcohol and bad decisions, none of the adults are with the young teens Alex and Jukia as they walk up the beach to a nightclub.

No adults are with them when they walk back. And Julia suffers. This isn't a spoiler; it's in the Goodreads blurb. So at the end of the book, I hated nearly all the characters. But I feel like that's the intended reaction, so that's an indication of good writing. The prose flows seamlessly. The descriptions are so well-written that I really felt like I was there, with those nasty people. Where the book suffers a little are in the repeated extended inner monologues that Marc has, where he discusses all the ways in graphic detail that he finds the people around him disgusting.

The book also suffers for want of character growth. Not a single character learns anything or becomes any better members of society. Like, how normal is it for adult males to spend entire days around the pool nude?

The level of alcohol consumption in the book- normal for vacationing Europeans or overindulgence? My final rating: May 24, Marvin rated it really liked it. Four and a half stars. Dutch writer Herman Koch is one of those authors who write exquisite prose even if you feel you want to wash your hands after reading it.

His characters are far from perfect and border between very imperfect and downright sleazy. Yet they wander amongst the privileged crowd; artist, doctors, producers who exude a shallow tide of civilization along with the well-hidden skeletons.

Whatever your opinion of the uncomfortable topic which is slowly revealed in the novel, Koch's p Four and a half stars. Whatever your opinion of the uncomfortable topic which is slowly revealed in the novel, Koch's prose reels you in and immerses you into the plot like sirens off the shore.

Our narrator is general practitioner Dr. Marc Schlosser, who tends to an elite bunch of celebrities despite his cynicism and partially due to his generosity with prescriptions. We find out early in the book that he is being suspected of medical malpractice allegedly contributing to the death of a famous actor named Ralph Meier.

Marc, the epitome of the unreliable narrator, takes us back to the beginning of Ralph and Marc's acquaintance. Friendship is too strong a word as we learn of the doctor's cynical view of his patients and human nature in general. Marc and his family, which includes two young daughters, are invited to the Meier's summer house and he becomes suspicious of Ralph's intention with his wife and daughters, a suspicion which is complicated by Marc's own infatuation with Ralph's wife, Judith.

There are few places where the phrase, "what a tangled web we weave" is so well practiced. Much of the delicious tension in this book is fueled not by action but by the complex thoughts and feelings our unreliable narrator places in his tale.

We see everything from his perceptive. He is a very flawed protagonist but so is everyone else in the book.

As we learn about the past events, we wonder many things. Who is responsible for the crime? Schlosser's malpractice one of neglect or murder? Eventually we find these things out but I believe the author's focus isn't on the answers but on bigger questions such as why we as human beings work so hard to do the very things that make our lives so miserable. In Koch's world, The road to hell may be paved with good intentions but it keeps us there with a fair amount of quicksand.

I've heard great things about Koch's debut novel, The Dinner. I have not read it but based on this second novel, Herman Koch seems to be a literary force to deal with. Credit should also go to the superb translation by Sam Garrett which appears to catch all the complexity of this involving novel.

View all 11 comments. View all 7 comments. Feb 02, Carol rated it really liked it. Koch, the sculptor, forms a piece of art, his words used like a hunk of clay that he carves in intricate layers before our eyes. He is a master at presenting characters that are not only unlikeable but are disturbing. We are sucked in slowly, introduced to general practitioner, Dr.

Marc Schlosser. Before long, we wonder just what kind of doctor is he, this man who views his patients with contempt and has utter disregard for the human body. He examines his patients using tactics to avoid any contact with human flesh, rarely having them disrobe for a complete exam, never taking seriously the medical treatment or advice they may need. This doctor truly nauseates me but the thoughts that go through his mind fascinate me nonetheless.

Then one of Dr. Schlosser's patients, if not a good friend, at least an acquaintance, dies. Is this medical euthanasia , malpractice, or something far more sinister? As he did so well in The Dinner , Koch manages to weave a complicated, tangled psychological story with just a handful of skillfully developed characters. Highly recommended. Feb 02, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: About five and a half years ago I read a Michel Houellebecq novel. At the time I gave it four stars.

I don't know why I did. My memory of the book was that Elementary Particles was a misanthropic bore.

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There must have been something more to the novel I remember, but whatever was charming about the book to me long since forgotten if there was something charming about EP it was forgotten fairly quickly because I can remember that a couple of years after that already telling people I disliked Houe About five and a half years ago I read a Michel Houellebecq novel.

There must have been something more to the novel I remember, but whatever was charming about the book to me long since forgotten if there was something charming about EP it was forgotten fairly quickly because I can remember that a couple of years after that already telling people I disliked Houellebecq's book when asked, an opinion that confused me when I later noticed that I had given the book four stars. This book feels like the author is trying to be Houellebecq in his general misanthropy and disdain of just about everyone but without whatever that elusive thing that I had found charming in Elementary Particles.

It's not that I found the constant the Celine-esque blah to the world-ness off putting, it was that there didn't seem to be any reason for it all. The story for the book seemed fairly insubstantial and pages were just filled with a string of mini-rants against all different types of people. The structure of the book set up a moment near the climax or resolution to start off the book and then the story went back to the start until at the end it met up with the resolution Which is fine, but I couldn't figure out why a lot of what was in the book was necessary.

To many things seemed to be started and then never returned to, things that seemed more like vehicles to rant against one thing or another. When the story finally does get going certain details are left coyly absent. Things that weren't too difficult to figure out or which were soon revealed where given the 'oh I can't tell you this' treatment. But after so many pages of blunt descriptions it seemed like a cheap trick to drag out some suspense by having the narrator say things like, 'I don't feel comfortable telling you what happened to my daughter'.

Great keep it to yourself, but the description of what finally happened is kind of incongruous with what was described when he first discovers her and, well, I was already finding the book to be a tiresome bore and this just made it feel like a cheap literary trick. Like this distracted review I'm trying to write and just not feeling, this book seems to be lacking focus.

It might sound like I disliked the book, and I guess I did but I mostly just felt really indifferent about it. There's got to be better contemporary European literature that can be brought to our shores and given attention by a major publisher than this book. I got this book from Netgalley, it should be apparent the publisher didn't pay me for this review. View all 9 comments. Mar 22, Debbie "DJ" rated it really liked it Shelves: While this book can be a tough read, my curiosity of being inside one man's mind got the better of me.

All I can say about this book is it's like not being able to turn your head away from a gruesome accident. I always had to see more, to peer closer at the carnage. Towards the end, reading at breakneck speed, ah, the answers to this horrific disaster. I really liked it, but, it ain't pretty! Jul 03, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, good or bad about this book.

There are twisted characters, vile, repulsive But hey, I love to read about characters unlike myself as a checklist to remind me that I'm still somewhat normal. I think it's very impressive that a book can be translated from Dutch to English and still have so many layers to it that unfold slowly as the book goes along. From the beginning it is foretold what the ending is about so I enjoy reading bit by bi I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, good or bad about this book.

From the beginning it is foretold what the ending is about so I enjoy reading bit by bit what lead to such chaos and I can confidently say that I am a big fan of Herman Koch and look forward to reading more from him in the future. View all 4 comments. Everyone who enjoys reading about horrible people.

ETA July It's been brought to my attention that Koch is Dutch and not Norwegian. Sorry about that. I'm conflicted. Mainly because I don't know to whom I should give half of the credit.

Herman Koch is a Norwegian author who seems incapable of telling a poorly-told tale. But I have no idea how good of a writer he is. You see, Koch doesn't write in English. His novels are translated by a guy named Sam Garrett. I know things get lost or changed in translation. This is fact. There are words in English that simply do not exist in other languages and vice versa. But it should be known that, while I do not know who to congratulate, this book read exquisitely well, as did my first Koch read, The Dinner.

And guess what? Sam translated that one too. Who gets the credit for this butter-smooth prose? Unless I learn Norwegian, I'll never know. What I do know is, Summer House with Swimming Pool is an amazingly well-told story about people who're terrible at being human. Several tough subjects are broached: The plot is wonderfully twisty, but the twists and turns are only half the entertainment value to be had.

The exemplary character writing floored me, even moreso than with The Dinner.

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At first, Summer House with Swimming Pool was okay. I found it bit unfocused and confusing, but I needn't have worried. All was brought to light by the end. And then it jumped from okay to good In the simplest language, it kept getting better and better.

That cannot be said for many novels. But do not get me wrong. The book didn't start badly and get better. It maintained upward momentum throughout. I will be talking about this novel for some time. A word of warning to those of you who believe this to be light summer reading, as suggested by the cutesy blue-and-yellow cover. This book can be at times disturbing. There is a scene involving a needle and an eyeball. I will say no more. If you believe that such things should never come in contact with each other and that having them do so would ruin your reading experience, please pass up this novel.

If you're like me and you enjoy disturbing content, hop aboard. We'll be making stops at least every fifty pages. In summation: Herman Koch is now on my Must-Buy list. He has a new novel coming in and I am now eagerly awaiting it. I might have to take up Norwegian so I can read his earlier books, or, you know, Crown Publishing can get the lead out of their asses and publish the rest of this dude's back catalog. Love ya for it.

Final Judgment: Will probably end up on my Top Five of list. I received this book from http: They make me say that because of the FTC and all that jazz.

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It didn't sway my final judgment. If you have a problem with that, maybe seek counseling and stop worrying about what other people do. Mar 07, Caro the Helmet Lady rated it really liked it Shelves: Very good book with disgusting people in it. Hated them all while highly enjoying it the book, not the hating.. There's a lot of unanswered questions left and I'm pretty much free to think whatever I want about the answers.

A lot of visible situations happens and a lot of situations happens out of the vision and the narrator doesn't seem to be the reliable one. He tells us only what he wants us to know, so basically you can think twice. Or read twice.

There so much happening on the"left untol Very good book with disgusting people in it. There so much happening on the"left untold" level. And I kinda like that. You want to take sides, but there's no one you would want to take side with, other than pretty much passive victim that doesn't speak for herself.

Read it on your own risk, but I highly recommend it. Aug 12, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an entirely random read and I'm glad I chose to. Marc Schlosser that doesn't hold back on anything. As he speaks about his patients in detail, he suppresses no thoughts or feelings whatsoever. Most of us tend to hate going to the doctor.

We hate to hear things that we already believe is wrong with us and hate that we have to sit in a waiting room much longer than it takes the doctor to ten This was an entirely random read and I'm glad I chose to.

We hate to hear things that we already believe is wrong with us and hate that we have to sit in a waiting room much longer than it takes the doctor to tend to our physical and sometimes more important mental state.

Schlosser, on the contrary, seems to do the opposite: The perception that a doctor truly cares for us is what we really want and he, deceivingly, does this, which makes a person think, how many doctors actually feel this way about their patients? Do we ever try to think from the doctor's point of view? No, we're too worried about our own selves to think, 'Hey, this person doesn't want to see me as much as I want to see them, so why bother?

This is the type of book that a person like myself enjoys because I don't always like happy endings. I don't always like things that are set in stone. Happy is nice, when it needs to be. It does pose a series of questions though: If you have the ability to ruin or take someone's life, unbeknownst to them, because you believe they ruined yours or someone you loved, would you do it? Would your morals be interrupted by unrelenting rage? Would you feel remorse if that belief turned out to be false?

Do we succumb to our innate morality to be good when things radically change? I can see where this wouldn't be for everyone. Such brutal honesty scares many of us, but is entertaining and thought provoking for others.


An enjoyable read. Wow, Koch is unbelievable. I've never read a book of this kind where the author digs into the mind and comes up with such dark and disturbing thoughts that no one would ever speak of. Koch is a master. The characters aren't likeable, but they are quite interesting.

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So interesting that you can't wait to turn to the next page. Like your doctor? Well check this one out. He hates all his patients. The description of his thoughts are scary. God help anyone that would get this guy for a primary care p Wow, Koch is unbelievable. God help anyone that would get this guy for a primary care physician! Cant wait to read Herman Koch's The Dinner. Highly recommend. Nobody does unlikeable characters like Herman Koch. No other writer makes me feel as uncomfortable as Koch's writing does.

I can make this generalisation now that I read, well, listened to, three of his books. How I felt about this novel could be summarised by the following "eloquent" expressions: Our unreliable narrator and protago Nobody does unlikeable characters like Herman Koch. Our unreliable narrator and protagonist is Dr. Marc Schlosser, a general practitioner, who dislikes his patients, seeing their ugly bodies, with their saggy, hairy, moist places where the sun doesn't shine.

Don't shoot the messenger, Koch is much more descriptive. The dude is not very kind towards fat people, people who drink as someone who is over the glorification of "getting pissed" as some sort of virtue, I found his stance on drinking and hardened livers somewhat refreshing, although, I've never heard of livers exploding.