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  • I love this book and it was one of Oprah�s book club picks

    • by missreadalot
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      The Reader by Bernard Schlink in such a darn good novel I couldn�t put it down. I devoured the entire 218 pages in one sitting.

      It was that good.

      It is about a 15 year old young man, named


      Michael, who gets sick on his way home from school.

      He is helped by a woman twice his age named Hanna.

      When Michael returns to Hanna�s apartment to thank her, they start to have an affair.

      She mysteriously disappears,


      • and years later he encounters her on trial for Nazi war crimes.

        As he watches the trial, he realizes she has a secret more humiliating then the crimes she is accused of, and is actually willing to go to jail or

        even more horrific-be executed.

        This book also poses the question, Should the post war generation be held responsible for the actions of their parents or grandparents? I love this book and it was one of Oprah�s book club picks.

        READ this book!




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    jamine says :

    how did hanna`s illeteracy affect the way in which she guides her decisions and lives her life? How did her literacy affect others?

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    mcguard says :

    When she was illiterate she felt very insecure. She was limited in her social and professional growth as well. She was constantly afraid of being discovered. She channeled this insecurity towards other people as well.

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    Thercy says :

    One reviewer has pointed out that learning that the love of your life used to be a concentration camp guard is not part the American baby-boomer experience. Is The Reader`s central theme-love and betrayal between generations-particular to Germany, given the uniqueness of German history?

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    mcguard says :

    The actual theme of The Reader concerns the post-war Germany, but the novel makes very potent general points which characterize human nature. The core theme is memory and moving on.

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    Duke Mogaka says :

    how did hanna s illeteracy affect the way in which she guides her decisions and lives her life? How did her literacy affect others?

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    John says :

    She refused a promotions and avoided situations that would show that she was illerate. She also has to get other people to write out notes for her.

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