Summer House With Swimming Pool

Summer House With Swimming Pool

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner.

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

Baker & Taylor
Concealing the medical mistake that caused the death of a famous actor, Dr. Marc Schlosser gradually reveals the personal reasons he sought the victim's death, including an assault on the doctor's daughter.

Publisher: London ;, New York :, Hogarth,, 2014
ISBN: 9780804138826
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 09, 2019

This book isn't for everyone. I gave it 4.5 out of 5. Need to wash your hands when you're through with it. many characters to dislike. Highly entertaining however and finished all 387 pages in less than 3 days

Mar 04, 2018

Author has a certain obsession with the topic-not exactly adequate relations between adult men and teenage girls. Somehow the same topic is also present upon in his book "Dear Mr. M." "The Dinner" I haven't read it yet, but judging by comments, there's also a subject-what parents are capable do for their children.
Rather sharp humor, irony, sarcasm, which cause if not a laugh, then a smile for sure, in descriptions of human body with all its defects, how the main character, who is family physician, sees it.
There is also a contempt to so-called bohemian elite-musicians, writers, actors, artists, which is present in "Dear Mr. M".
The ending was disappointing. I would say there is no conclusion".

Jun 18, 2017

Like the New York Times reviewer says - exactly.

Feb 18, 2017

Absolutely great! I loved The Dinner and read this one next and I find myself thinking back to the story and characters of this book more. Koch is a master of the moral dilemma. Great mystery!

Oct 28, 2016

Sharp like a scalpel. Maybe shocking for some. Keeps you reading and in suspense. A well written psychological thriller.

Dec 08, 2015

I disliked the characters so much that it must have been a well written novel. Prefered his first book.

Jul 16, 2015

"'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth' is in fact much closer to human nature than we dare to publicly admit, " Herzl taught us...Dead. Gone. We never want to see the murderers and rapists back on the streets again.'

With this in mind, if you're looking for a nice cozy read or likeable characters, you won't find either in this book.

As he did with his earlier novel 'The Dinner', Koch once again takes a situation and slowly unravels the mystery behind it. The reader knows that an unsavoury event has befallen one of the characters and Koch takes us back to the beginning from where we travel to the present to gleam how and why the characters got to the present state of affairs.
Koch once again brings us brutal, honest depictions of people acting out their worst impulses.

athompson10 Dec 20, 2014

More disturbing than "The Dinner" but an equally compelling novel about crime, punishment and psychopathy.

Nov 27, 2014

The opening chapter was very entertaining, but after that I did not find it too funny.

Oct 11, 2014

While this novel can be read as just a mystery with some wincing moments, it is much more than that. Good mystery novels involve moral dilemmas. Boring ones pit pure evil against pure innocence. This does neither. There are no typical heroes or villains here and yet there is tragedy.

Civilized humans, while they may entertain thoughts derived from baser instincts, exert self control on not acting on such thoughts either because of a sense of morality or because of social convention both of which threaten negative consequences. Typical villains eschew this self-control almost entirely to become socio- or psycho-paths while the heroes stay within the bounds.

This novel is based on a nuanced premise of a set of characters that have moved that needle of self control, each in their own way, just enough to discomfort most readers' sense of right and wrong but not necessarily enough to think of them as heroes or villains.

The novel plays with a reader's perception and need to resolve a character one way or another, just as good music does with alternating dissonance and consonance to build and release tension and thus hold interest. And it does so masterfully with each character. The mix of such characters makes for a powerful, even if, often disquieting or infuriating novel.

A very good literary effort that does what good novels do, stimulate and force readers to examine some basic assumptions. In this case, the disquieting thought that, in a civilized society, we depend heavily on the self-control of others to place our trust necessary for day to day functioning, and yet that self-control can be quite fragile in reality.

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summer vaca to mediterranean, tragedy, medical ethics

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