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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, 15-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.

©2008 Bernhard Schlink (P)2008 Random House Audio

Critiques

"A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful. . . . [ The Reader] leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex. . . . Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity." ( The New York Times)
"Haunting. . . . What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism." ( Francine Prose, Elle)

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  • Global
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  • Ella
  • 09/12/2008

Dysfunctional

When I was finished this book I felt empty. I couldn't decide if I liked it or not, however, it continues to pop into my thoughts and haunt me, and that is a sure sign that the book affected me.
Being a second generation holocaust survivor from both of my parents, I was raised with the holocaust in my veins, always learning and feeling the emotion of what my parents, their families and friends went through, one horror story after the other. I never took the time to understand what the second generation German people went through, a completely different perspective.
This dysfunctional "kid" (as he is referred to in the book), who even as an adult could not come to terms with his relationship with Hannah, was full of unresolved feelings and emotion too. Hannah herself could not admit and own up to what she had done. Also dysfunctional. A very dramatic book, which more than once, sent chills through me.
I am not sure if I would recommend this book to everyone. It is different. I can't quite put my finger on why. The narrator was fine, nothing special, but not a hindrance either.
What I will say is for a 4 hour book it certainly packs a punch. Will definitely see the movie.

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  • Global
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  • teatime
  • 26/02/2009

The Reader, whew

I had no idea that this book was already in theaters. I can't imagine how it will be on the big screen, but as for the book, the writer and the reader, all I can say is that I could not put the book down. How courageous this book is! I cannot say that it answers the questions posed, but I very rarely have heard or read the questions asked. I read a lot, I totally recommend this book. Warning, it is heavy.

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  • Barbara
  • 20/11/2008

Not for everyone

The Yahoo group for Audible users highly praised this book, and since it was short and inexpensive, I bought it and listened to it right away. I was not as impressed as some. It's a tenderly told coming-of-age story about some very damaged individuals in Germany, in the decades following WW2. Campbell Scott reads beautifully, without resorting to any dialects, which is refreshing, and the narrative is plaintive but fulfilling. In many ways an autopsy of a society, the novel excuses no one and gives a rare glimpse into the souls of a hapless persons in circumstances beyond their control and understanding.

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  • Leslie
  • 16/02/2009

Incredible.

My audio library is 900 books. This is the first time I have felt so compelled to comment that I can't not do so. The author's detailed examination of one human's obligations to another is cast upon backgrounds large and small, each easily identifiable thanks to meticulous thought and writing. This is also the first book I have listened to a second time and will do so again and again. It is not for everyone, only those who are up for thinking and whose natural curiosity is drawn toward human dynamics. Thank you, Berhnard Schlink, for taking the time and making the effort to develop your talent for our benefit.

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  • Christina Treadwell
  • 18/02/2009

The listener

Though I purchased the book at the same time the movie was in theaters, I profoundly enjoyed listening to it. I was surprised by the ending and felt a sense of loss for one of the main characters. I would recommnend this book to anyone.

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 11/03/2015

Dreary and depressing, after an intense beginning

I wanted to like The Reader, but toward the end especially, I just couldn't wait for it to be over. Too much inaction, and too much unsaid.

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  • shane
  • 04/10/2018

Great book

I loved this book. The way it’s written you get to understand all sides of the story.

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  • Caroline Ballard
  • 19/08/2018

Mixed feelings

I loved hearing Campbell Scott read this. The story was a bit wordy at times and predictable but also has great emotional depth. I look forward to seeing the movie.

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  • Bob Ames
  • 01/02/2018

Wrong Message?

What disappointed you about The Reader?

Going into this book I thought I was going to be listening to a book about the cultural guilt felt by the generation of Germans after WWII. I was taken by surprise when a young boy got tangled into an abusive relationship with an older woman. How has this not made more waves? Is it just okay for woman to take advantage of a boy? As a woman, I find this absolutely shameful. If the roles were reverse, no one would have made a 'critically acclaimed' movie about it.I'm very disappointed in our society for thinking this kind of behavior is acceptable.

Would you be willing to try another book from Bernhard Schlink? Why or why not?

Maybe.

What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

He's very monotone.

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  • S. GOETZE
  • 01/11/2012

MADE THE DRIVE HOME FROM WORK EVEN LONGER

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

SOMEONE LAYING AT HOME SICK

Any additional comments?

VERY SLOW. WOULD BE THE KIND OF BOOK USED IN A COLLEGE CLASS.

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