The Reader is a book by the German author, Bernhard Schlink.
On his way to school, a 15-year old ill with hepatitis named Michael throws up and is assisted by a stranger old enough to be his mother.
After Michael gets better and pays a visit to the stranger, whose name is Hanna, he and Hanna fall in love with each other. Soon, Michael is obsessed with her and starts visiting her daily at her apartment.
Hanna doesn’t tell Michael a lot about herself, and after Michael betrays her, she disappears.
In part two, Michael is a law student, and Hannah is being tried for a crime regarding the Nazi.
As Michael observes the hearings, he realizes that Hanna has been concealing a secret – one that she considers more shameful than the Nazi ones - all this time.
This was a haunting and mysterious read, yet it is written simply.
The Reader is absorbing and unputdownable. It makes you want to finish it in one quick read.
The story was very wise and you could feel the guilt and perplexity of the protagonist. It leaves you thinking even after you’ve finished the book.
This is a book you should add to your reading list.
The story is now a motion picture starring Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Ralph Fiennes.
My rating: 9 ½ (a memorable, worthy read)
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