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Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (962 votes)

Released: 1999-03-07

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The Reader (Oprah's Book Club) by Bernhard Schlink


Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this fascinating novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfantiqueing another timest the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

while he falls in poor health on his means home from college, fifteen-year-antique Michael Berg is rescued by the use of Hanna, a girl two instances his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. while Michael next sees her, he is a tender legislation pupil, and she is on trial for a hidentificationeous crime. As he watches her refuse to shield her innocence, Michael continuously realizes that Hanna is also guarding a mystery she believes extra shameful than murder.
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Oprah e-guide membership® variety, February 1999: initially revealed in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by the use of Carol Brown Janemeans, The Reader is a brief story approximately intercourse, love, learning, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 1five whilst he starts an extended, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic antiqueer lady. He under no circumstances learns very a lot approximately her, and whilst she disappears one day, he expects under no circumstances to appear her another time. however, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a shieldant in an ordeal associated with Germanycff0478#39;s Nazi previous, and it in brief becomes transparent that she is in charge of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What will have to his era do with its wisdom of the Holocaust? "We will have to now not believe we will be able to understand the incomprehensible, we would possibly not read about the incomparable.... will have to we best fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what goal?"

The Reader, which won the Boston e-guide assessmentcff0478#39;s Fisk Fiction Prize, wrestles with many extra demons in its few, remarkably lucidentification pages. What does it point out to like identification other people--folks, grandfolks, even lovers--who dedicated the worst atrocities the world has ever identified? And is any atonement imaginable by the use of literature? Schlinkcff0478#39;s prose is blank and pared down, stripped of useless imagery, discussion, and additional in any shape. What remains to be is an austerely stunning narrative of the attempt to breach the gap among Germanycff0478#39;s pre- and postwar eras, among the in fee and the blameless, and among phrases and silence. --R. Ellis

e-guide details

author: Bernhard Schlinkcreator: antiqueBinding: PaperbackLanguage: EnglishPages: 218

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