The Reader

The Reader

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Post-WWII, Germany. Teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from different works of literature. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life, only this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1997.
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780679781301
0679781307
9780307473462
9780307454898
0375707972
Branch Call Number: FIC Schli
Characteristics: 218 pages

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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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