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The Reader (Vintage International)

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ISBN13: 9780307473462
ISBN10: 0307473465
Condition: Standard
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A young man and an older woman have a torrid love affair, until she disappears one day without a trace. Ten years later, he's in law school, watching a trial, and there she is: charged with Nazi war crimes! Yes, she does have a secret, but it's not what you think. Excellent!
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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover — then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Review:

"Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful....[The Reader] leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart." The New York Times Book Review

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"A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex....Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity." The New York Times

Review:

"Haunting....What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism." Elle

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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Book clubber, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Book clubber)
Not just another book on the Halocaust, but a deeply thoughtful book about responsibility and about humanity. This book provided a foundation for an excellent discussion in my book group and within each individual.
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GDuperreault, March 10, 2012 (view all comments by GDuperreault)
I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a great book. Good, and that's about it. The praises on the cover were at best overblown, at worst histrionic. (And it further confirmed my opinion that Oprah seems to like mostly good, but not truly great, books.)

When I'd finished the read I set aside the book without any additional thought. But by accident I discovered that an e.friend was reading it, and she had exactly the same reaction. And then I remembered that the friend who'd lent The Reader to me, had had the exact same reaction: 'It was okay,' he'd said with a somewhat dismissive shrug and dragged out emphasis on 'okay.'

And it was -- is -- okay. Reading it wasn't a waste my life, but didn't significantly affect it either.

To my surprise, the movie was in some ways superior to the book. Note, I saw the movie first, and so that may engender bias. However, normally I enjoy books far more than the movie covers because moving pictures do not convey, usually, complexity of thought, personality or feeling as vibrantly as can well-written words. However, my hat's off to Kate Winslet and the team behind the movie, because it actually surpassed what the book was able to convey.

My thought is that that is because the book, while good, isn't brilliant. I guess, after having my thoughts meander, what I am concluding is that The Reader is competent and that it does provokes some thought on the nature of duty and obligation and how they are as easily instruments of evil as they are of good. And the 'issue' of the sexual relationship between the older woman and the older boy was reasonably well written, as was its effect on his adult life. Reasonably well written, but it did not sing the body electric.
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tina blacksmith, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by tina blacksmith)
A great book, with emotions (happiness, sadness, anger) wound perfectly into the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307473462
Author:
Schlink, Bernhard
Publisher:
Vintage
Translator:
Janeway, Carol Brown
Author:
Schlink
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
War crime trials
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
6.70x4.30x.90 in. .25 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage - English 9780307473462 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A young man and an older woman have a torrid love affair, until she disappears one day without a trace. Ten years later, he's in law school, watching a trial, and there she is: charged with Nazi war crimes! Yes, she does have a secret, but it's not what you think. Excellent!

"Review" by , "Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful....[The Reader] leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart."
"Review" by , "A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel."
"Review" by , "Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex....Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity."
"Review" by , "Haunting....What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism."
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