The Reader

In Literature on December 10, 2008 at 9:38 am


A young boy finds he is attracted to an older woman.  An older woman finds she is attracted to a young boy.  They become enthralled with one another, they have an affair, they read, and then one day she disappears.  Bernard Schlink’s novel The Reader was published in Germany in 1995 and covers much more than literacy and fornication. Schlink also manages to tie in how the post-holocaust generation comes to terms with the crimes of the generation before them.  It is no wonder this story is soon to be a movie, starring Kate Winslet, released in theaters this month.  The story is so vivid and factually believable that you feel as though what you are reading is true.


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