The Reader

The Reader

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1997.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780679781301
0679781307
Branch Call Number: PT2680.L54 V6713 1998
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown

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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
Apr 17, 2009

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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