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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.
iIt was a different view of the war than any I have ever read. CompellingPublished 3 days ago by Margaret S. Moreland
Good book on a twist to WW2. There is also a movie made on this book, had to read the book and watch it for a college class.Published 6 days ago by Florin
So many different emotions are drawn through this book. I knew nothing going into this read and was taken on an emotional rollercoaster.Published 25 days ago by Sleepless619
I couldn't figure out the point of this book. I couldn't zero in on whether is was about the effect of war on people we don't normally hear about, a young man's adventure into... Read morePublished 28 days ago by luvamie
It was a very surprising book to read. The ending almost made me cry.Published 2 months ago by Fran Wright
The reader deals with nearly every sin man can commit: genocide, underage sex, lying, theft and more. Read morePublished 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months ago by David L. Click