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Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2015)

av Herman Koch (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel
Författare:Herman Koch (Författare)
Info:Hogarth (2015), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Summer House with Swimming Pool av Herman Koch (2011)

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Well. What horrible, ethically-compromised, characters populate this book -- but everything can be explained away, right? I mean, a father has every right to protect his child, right? And society might just be better off without certain, shall we say, undesirable types -- right? And even strong marriages can be...tested, from time to time, right? Right? ( )
  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
I gave this book 4 stars but I could easily be convinced to delete two of them. I go back and forth. I think it is a good book, well written and I just did not like any of the characters. The main character is a doctor who really has none - character, that is. They story is about a traumatic vacation he and his family takes and what happens after. I think mainly I'm just glad it (the book) is over. Weird. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Marc Schlosser ist Hausarzt in Amsterdam. Als einer seiner Patienten, der berühmte Schauspieler Ralph Meier, stirbt, muss er sich wegen eines möglichen Kunstfehlers vor der Ärztekammer verantworten. Doch war es wirklich ein Kunstfehler? Oder hat das alles vielleicht mit den Geschehnissen im Ferienhaus zu tun, in dem beide Familien den letzten Sommer verbrachten?
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |

I have never read a novel by Herman Kotch before. And now I'm wondering what the hell all the fuss is....? Now, I'm repulsed and astonished. But the writing style in the second half of the book, after the 'unspeakable act' happened, made me keep reading until I had finished it, all tonight, until 2:32 a.m.

This book made me so angry. Mostly at myself for believing hype in choosing to read this book. It was billed as this year's Greatest Novel. Well the only thing this book has in common with Other books in this genre is that the characters are all unlikable. The difference here is that this book has no suspense. It had an uninteresting plot. It's the kind of book that sends me back to reading P. g. Wodehouse. If literary means dysfunctional characters without any moral compass, then I agree. Argh!

The first half of the book is a character study of all the characters and their empty lives: a womanizing actor, a womanizing director, an empty headed young model, a misanthropic doctor, their wives and their teenage children.The only thing that kept me reading was the hype. And HOPE. Hope that something interesting would happen...
What was the shocking event? About half of the way through, the shock happens and then...... nothing. Literally nothing is done about it except ignore that it happened. Maybe if the event had been presented at the beginning and then we got to know the characters, it would have been more interesting. I suspect I am showing my American preference for action? This book is very European: trying to show ugly truths about people by drawing a character sketch and we conclude what we wish about what that says about society. The characters weren't unique enough to make any profound comments.

This main character, Marc, definitely intrigued me. I also couldn't get over how graphic Marc was about the human body. Yes he's a doctor, and I understand he would see things objectively, but he seemed so negative about it. The people I know in the healthcare field have an APPRECIATION for the human body, not contempt. So WHY? Why was he a doctor and why was he so grossed out by stuff? His thought processes (in the novel) bordered on obsession, with a lot of O.C.D. mixed in there. Why the hell was he even a doctor if he had these delusions? HE disgusted me, the way he kept obsessing about people's bodies.

And not only was Marc a little odd, I couldn't for the life of me understand the family dynamics. Any father I know would have choked. the life out of any grown man who laid a hand on his daughter. This guy was like Oh hey, maybe if we don't call the cops about what happened to my daughter, they won't find out about the "accident" me and Good Old Stanley had in my car, while drunk, that same night....? So yeah, let's all just let it be. And the mother went along with it! I don't know. It made me mad.

In any case, this book spilled open some topics that are probably uncomfortable for most people to deal with: the human body, cancer, sexual immorality, the power of patriarchy... Heavy stuff told in a way that turned my stomach, made me question people's motives, and made me wish that our world was nicer than it is.

Overall, these parts of the book I read made my skin crawl and I can't recommend this horror to anyone unless, after reading a book, you like the feeling that you need to take a long, hot shower and rinse off your eyeballs.

4 stars, for making me read through to the end. 2 stars for making me actively HATE the characters. So.....let's say, 3? ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
I agree with Greg's review ( )
  KellyFordon | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Koch uses language like a stethoscope, so that we can hear the beating hearts of his characters and their visceral feelings of envy, love, fear and hatred. It is the sense of panic that Koch excels at evoking
tillagd av Nickelini | ändraThe Guardian, Anita Sethi (Jul 27, 2014)
 
Failing the plausibility test is a black eye in commercial fiction. So is letting the pace become so slack that we don’t care who will eventually be revealed as the rapist. A good psychological thriller ought to end with a crisp, clean twist. This ending is mashed potatoes. Herman Koch does have a knack for generating narrative thrust, which “Summer House With Swimming Pool” manifests for its first two-thirds. Nevertheless, given how well his previous novel performed, this follow-up is inexplicably careless.
tillagd av ozzer | ändraNew York Times, Lionel Shriver (Jul 11, 2014)
 
Herman Koch's second book to be translated from his native Dutch has all the distinctive features of his first, the international bestseller, The Dinner. There is a narrator who whispers warped thoughts into your ear. There is the black humour and dangerous fantasy that might erupt into the real world at any moment. And there is the hissing satire that mocks bourgeois values and threatens a sudden, alarming loss of etiquette.
 
Warning: Do not read this book within three weeks of any medical appointment.
 

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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.

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