The Reader

The Reader

Book - 1997
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A German teenager has an affair with an emotionally remote older woman and only years later, when he is a law student and she is on trial, does he discover that she was involved in the Holocaust. She refuses to defend herself when she is accused of a hideous crime. The young law student gradually realizes that the woman may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780375707971
9780679442790
0679442790
0375707972
9780307454898
9781861590633
1861590636
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCH
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Janeway, Carol Brown
Alternative Title: Vorleser. English

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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.

AL_Molly 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
Dec 19, 2011

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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kokosowe
Apr 17, 2009

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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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