The Reader

The Reader

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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.

Baker & Taylor
At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime

Baker
& Taylor

At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime. Reissue. 200,000 first printing. (An MGM/Weinstein Company/Mirage film, written by David Hare, directed by Stephen Daldry, releasing December 2008, starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, & David Kross) (General Fiction)

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307454898
9780679442790
0679442790
Branch Call Number: SCH
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown

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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.

ArapahoeMolly 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

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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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varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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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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