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The Reader (New York Times Notable Books)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Review:

"When Michael Berg began attending the Nazi war trials as part of a college class, he never expected to find Hanna — an older woman who had seduced him when he was a teenager — as one of the accused. Berg is himself paralyzed by a moral dilemma that may free her, but also destroy her. Schlink uses this intriguing and complex relationship to engage issues of identity, ego and freedom of choice that are emphasized within the backdrop of the Holocaust. Campbell Scott proves an excellent narrator, with an eloquent and precise tone that gives a reflective distance to this first-person account, emphasizing the Berg's evolution as he grows from youth into adult. Scott's deliberate delivery also emphasizes Berg's emerging maturity; initially, his deliberateness hints at insecurity while later on, Scott's steady reading indicates experience. A Vintage paperback. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739375952
Author:
Schlink, Bernhard
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Translator:
Janeway, Carol
Read by:
Scott, Campbell
Read:
Scott, Campbell
Author:
Janeway, Carol
Author:
Scott, Campbell
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;germany;holocaust;wwii;novel;historical fiction;german;illiteracy;coming of age;romance;german literature;guilt;love;literature;20th century;war;history;oprah s book club;historical;relationships;contemporary;nazis;literacy;war crimes;movie;sex;na
Edition Description:
Four CD
Abridged:
Y
Series:
New York Times Notable Books
Publication Date:
20081125
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.94x5.00x1.15 in. .33 lbs.
Media Run Time:
210

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Michael Berg began attending the Nazi war trials as part of a college class, he never expected to find Hanna — an older woman who had seduced him when he was a teenager — as one of the accused. Berg is himself paralyzed by a moral dilemma that may free her, but also destroy her. Schlink uses this intriguing and complex relationship to engage issues of identity, ego and freedom of choice that are emphasized within the backdrop of the Holocaust. Campbell Scott proves an excellent narrator, with an eloquent and precise tone that gives a reflective distance to this first-person account, emphasizing the Berg's evolution as he grows from youth into adult. Scott's deliberate delivery also emphasizes Berg's emerging maturity; initially, his deliberateness hints at insecurity while later on, Scott's steady reading indicates experience. A Vintage paperback. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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