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The Reader 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 GermanyWhen 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 shameful than murder


About the Author: Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb a play on the German word for self In 1995 he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a partly autobiographical novel The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list.



10 thoughts on “The Reader

  1. says:

    What About the Children The Reader is a profound exposition of the second generation issues concerning moral guilt for the Holocaust But it is, I think, also relevantgenerally to the way in which human beings get ensnared incrementally into the evils of their society We are all inevitably involved in this large


  2. says:

    booring is that a review this was just very flat to me i wasn t offended by the subject matter i could care less about the scandalous elements but the writing was so clinical and thin at one point, i blamed the translation, but c mon its not that hard to translate german to english i can t do it, of course, but it s s


  3. says:

    Der Vorleser The reader, Bernhard SchlinkThe Reader is a novel by German law professor and judge Bernhard Schlink, published in Germany in 1995 The story is told in three parts by the main character, Michael Berg Each part takes place in a different time period in the past Part I begins in a West German city in 1958 After 15


  4. says:

    I have the feeling there sthan one way of looking at this book On one hand it can be viewed as a bildungsroman, it follows Michael Berg since the age of 15 till full maturity On the other hand, it s the post war German generation coming to terms with their past, the Nazi crimes and their parents guilt Guilt, actually, is a recurrin


  5. says:

    I m not really sure why this book is considered one of the best books of all time and managed to make into the big 1001 list Most of the time, even if I don t like a book, I tend to understand why someone else picked it In this case, I m rather clueless Is it, perhaps, that people see in it some message about humanity when Hanna won t pur


  6. says:

    This is the deep character development and type of writing that i ve been craving A book that made me think and ask so many questions Sometimes I felt like I was struggling through really heavy writing, but the actual story itself and the moral questions that arise from its telling were really, really interesting and I surprised myself with how


  7. says:

    There are some books you know will stay with you forever, and Bernhard Schlink s The Reader is definitely one of them It has been highly critically acclaimed, winning the Boston Book Review s Fisk Fiction Prize, and it deserves all the praise it has received The Holocaust is a difficult, though much covered, subject matter, and this novel has a sure to


  8. says:

    Great book.Wonderful piece and remotely expressed Words flowing like water in oceans.I d Miss someone with that book.As the Young Lady entangled with teen.Which flows the flawless love between them even when she got life imprisonment, She was turned to old And Teen was turned to Man.Time had changed, but their love sustained as he gave her recordings of stori


  9. says:

    The book is clearly structured Also the choice of words is at a normal level and therefore also suitable for beginners in classical, great literature.


  10. says:

    This novel breaks so many taboos, it is hard to know where to start reflecting on it And yet, its plot is not unrealistic or uncommon It is about a sexual relationship between a young man and an older woman.It is about illiteracy and shame.It is about crimes against humanity, committed out of helplessness and an egocentric wish to hide one s own weakness.It is about the Ho


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