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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.
Watching Michael's transition from a confident young man full of potential to a man filled with guilt and regret was very powerful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reader
At first I couldn't get past the fact that fifteen-year-old Michael had a sexual affair with a 36-year-old woman. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sofie
The modern German novelist Bernhard Schlink writes novels that make his readers feel and think to the very depths of their soul and mind. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2012 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
The Reader is a book that, from cover to cover, is engaging, enchanting, and haunting. Schlink's characters are real and accessible, and his story is both thought provoking and... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2011 by Bethany
Book was in good condition - I bought 3 books from this seller, which were shipped together, yet I paid 3 times for shipping charges. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2010 by Shelley
There is no need for me to rehash the plot given the number of reviews and the movie treatment which has alerted many to this story. Read morePublished on July 24 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
I could not put this book down.. gripping, moving, are just a few words about this amazing book and author..
A MUST READ!!!!!
The Reader is a novel steeped in dark history but rich with the narrator's timeless voice.Published on April 27 2010 by Rachel