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Zomerhuis met zwembad (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Herman Koch

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Title:Zomerhuis met zwembad
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Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (2011)

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I listened to the audio and never got beyond my first impression -- "I do not like or trust this fellow telling the story." Really not worth the listening experience. I did not like ANY of the characters---just a completely odd bunch. Yes, it made for a very different novel, unfortunately. ( )
  nyiper | Nov 6, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
In Herman Koch’s Summer House with Swimming Pool, Dr. Marc Schlosser is a general practitioner in the Netherlands, catering to a celebrity list of patients. He is under investigation by the Board of Medical Examiners due to the suspicious death of one of his patients, Ralph Meier, and we get the impression that Marc’s “medical error” that led to Ralph’s death may not have been entirely a mistake.

Koch spends a great deal of time inside Marc’s head, letting him go on lengthy tangents about medicine, morality, gender, and so on. Some readers may be appalled by his politically incorrect philosophies, but more readers may simply grow bored of all his meandering thoughts. The idea of a doctor disgusted with the human body seems to have potential, but Koch doesn’t explore this aspect of Marc deeply enough to be anything remarkable.

Koch gets away with the ranting thanks to an interesting (though, at times, slow) plot, as well as many vivid characters. The “violent crime” the novel hinges on is telegraphed early on, however, and doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Fans of writers like Irvine Welsh or Bret Easton Ellis would enjoy Summer House with Swimming Pool, and won’t have issues with the unlikable character of Marc, though they will undoubtedly have read this sort of transgressive fiction done better elsewhere.
  mattgalletta | Nov 5, 2014 |
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The writing is clear and the characters are usually interesting, but the pacing was a little too slow. Not much really happened when it comes down to it, and the "twist" (if it could be called that) at the end was unimpressive. ( )
  JacobSeifert | Oct 23, 2014 |
He writes very strange and unusual books. He presents children in such a different light. His books are creepy without being scary. I am not sure "biology medicine" was translated correctly. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 17, 2014 |
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Very good book. Really enjoyed reading it. Kept my attention throughout. Would definitely recommend it!
I received this book through the early reviewers program and couldn't have been more pleased.
The book has a dark side and a fee twists along the way.
Excellent reading! ( )
  gail616 | Oct 12, 2014 |
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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.… (more)

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