The Dinner Setting

Herman Koch
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Holland

This novel is set in an unnamed city in Holland. The setting is modern times. The setting is important because at one point, Paul insists that homelessness is not a problem in Holland because of many social programs. Paul says that anyone who is homeless in Holland have made that choice, not because of circumstances outside of their control. For this reason, Paul theorizes that the homeless woman made her choices and deserved what Michel and Rick did to her.

Restaurant

Most of the novel takes place at an exclusive restaurant. The restaurant is not named, clearly intentionally as Paul suggests he does not want to give anyone evidence against his son. The restaurant is popular, and the reservation list is months long. Paul, however, is not impressed with the restaurant because of the arrogance of the floor manager and the tiny servings of food, as well as...

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