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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. --R. Ellis --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The story is short and very well written, it is an easy read.
Written by a German, this book takes a completely different approach to the topic of the holocaust and the rise of the Nazis, a human approach.
I won't begin to recap the book because many others have done it, and I think that knowing too much about this book will handicap the reader.
It was a very surprising book to read. The ending almost made me cry.Published 9 days ago by Fran Wright
The reader deals with nearly every sin man can commit: genocide, underage sex, lying, theft and more. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Todd Kinsey
This was a really good book. Better than the movie in that the back story is a little more developed. The ads for the movie don't do this book justice. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Campbell
A few years ago, The Reader was one of those novels that everyone seemed to be reading. Boosted by a successful film adaptation and a selection as one of Oprah's book club reads,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ethan
Amazing book. The story seems simple on the surface but there are so many layers to it: society in post war Germany, roles of class and gender, duty and responsibility, the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by David L. Click
Very good story, interesting point of view from the protagonist, specially the impact WWII had on subsequent generations in Germany, not something we are used to reading about in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marisol Besa
Great read. My friend suggested this book to me finished it in 2 days. Just when you think the story ends it continues and blows your mind. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ricky Ricardo
the beginning of the book had me captivated and I loved the twist in the middle. I simply gave the reader a 4 star rating because of the failure to hold my attention till the very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Addy