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
Branch Call Number: FIC Schli 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 218 p. ;,20 cm. --


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Dec 13, 2018

This book brought an entirely different aspect to life in the time period of the holocaust. It brings a completely different perspective to a time period that we have read about. Through the characters you can grasp what inter-generational guilt looks like. In a societal age/flaw/era we are all guilty in our complacent behaviour, our blindness of the bigger picture, and the actions taken by those in charge.

ArapahoeKati Jan 17, 2018

A stunning novel. I've read it several times for the language and the characters. It's hard to stop thinking about it once you read it.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 29, 2011

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

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

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Dec 19, 2011

Sexual Content: steamy sex scenes

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Apr 17, 2009

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


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