The Reader

by Bernhard Schlink | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0375707972 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ladybug74 of Dothan, Alabama USA on 12/21/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Friday, December 21, 2007
"Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust? "We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable.... Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose?"

The Reader, which won the Boston Book Review's Fisk Fiction Prize, wrestles with many more demons in its few, remarkably lucid pages. What does it mean to love those people--parents, grandparents, even lovers--who committed the worst atrocities the world has ever known? And is any atonement possible through literature? Schlink's prose is clean and pared down, stripped of unnecessary imagery, dialogue, and excess in any form. What remains is an austerely beautiful narrative of the attempt to breach the gap between Germany's pre- and postwar generations, between the guilty and the innocent, and between words and silence."

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Journal Entry 2 by 1001-library from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, May 09, 2008

Thanks so much for your donation ladybug74!

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Journal Entry 3 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I started reading this and decided that I just wasn't interested in it after the first 6 chapters. I enjoyed most of the Oprah's Book Club selections, but was a bit disappointed by this one so I decided not to finish it.

Journal Entry 4 by ladybug74 at USPS, USPS -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (7/30/2008 UTC) at USPS, USPS -- Controlled Releases



Mailed to buoci as a 1001 Library request. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 5 by buocl from Medina, Ohio USA on Monday, August 04, 2008
Received today - thanks ladybug74!

Journal Entry 6 by buocl from Medina, Ohio USA on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Quick read, but not as interesting as I had hoped. I find it interesting to read different types of stories about WWII - not just from the view of Jewish survivors. Ready for the next library member.

Journal Entry 7 by 1001-library from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This book is now back on the 1001 library bookshelf and can be borrowed by PMing boucl:)

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Journal Entry 8 by buocl at Medina, Ohio USA on Sunday, January 18, 2015
1001 Library seems to be defunct, and I have had this book for 6 1/2 years. Wild released to find a home! Left in the free book box near Family Video behind Medina Supply.

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