The Reader

The Reader

Book - 1997
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The Reader is both a literary surprise and a moral challenge: a riveting, provocative, and deeply moving novel about a young boy's erotic awakening in a passionate, clandestine love affair with an older woman, and what happens to them both when the secrets in her past are revealed. Fifteen-year-old Michael Berg becomes ill on the way home from school. A woman takes care of him. Later, the boy arrives at her home with a bunch of flowers to thank her. And then comes back again. Hanna is the first woman he has ever desired. But there is something slightly off-key about her. His questions about her family and her life go unanswered. One day Hanna simply disappears. Michael's life goes on, but he can't forget her. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved so passionately is a criminal. Much about her behavior during the trial makes no sense. But then, suddenly and terribly, it does Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret. As the past erupts into the present both Michael's past with Hanna, and the past of Germany itself Michael must accept that he will never be free of either of them.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780375408267
0375408266
Characteristics: 218 p. ;,20 cm. --

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AL_Molly Jun 23, 2017

Beautifully written, quick to read, but contains extremely heavy subject matter. I find myself constantly thinking about and revisiting the themes of this book.

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elizali
Nov 09, 2016

I love what this book adds to the milieu of holocaust writing - a story for the fallout of what happens afterwards, and what this means to identity. Saw the movie first and loved it as well. Told in a simple style that lends itself to being read quickly.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 17, 2014

A simple story, but densely packed with complex moral issues--guilt, redemption, atonement. The setting is a bleak post-war Germany where successive generations have had to deal with collective guilt.

mulberrystreet May 01, 2012

Really good book! It was a quick read- I read it in a morning. Now I want to see how the movie lives up to it.

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vickyschem
Apr 01, 2012

One of the must read books. That book is so amazing, and so powerful. I kept reading it again, again and again. The movie is extraordinary. Kate Winslet has brough Hanna Schmitz into life.

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 29, 2011

Written in a very clear and straightforward style. A very powerful story.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

intriguing story of a young boy and his fascination/obsession with an older woman and how their relationship forever changes his path of life.

dragonsnakes Mar 14, 2011

Well written. I read this book after I saw the movie.

RutHut Feb 18, 2011

Oprah book club

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EmersonJohnston
Jan 18, 2011

As thought provoking as it is easy to read. I'm not really a novel person but after hearing the Author being interviewed on BBC Worldservice 4:30AM one morning I rose to the bait!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

I read it after watching the DVD

The DVD is Good (Did I tell you I'm not really a Movie Person!) book is better

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varaidzo89
Dec 19, 2011

Sexual Content: steamy sex scenes

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kokosowe
Apr 17, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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kokosowe
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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kokosowe
Apr 17, 2009

Why? Why does what was beautiful suddenly shatter in hindsight because it concealed dark truths?

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