The Virtual Bookcase for browsing and sharing reviews of books. New to this site? Read the welcome page first.

The Virtual Bookcase Home
Recent reviews
Collected book news
Welcome to this site

Book details of 'The Reader'

Cover of The Reader
TitleThe Reader
Author(s)Bernhard Schlink
ISBN0375408266
LanguageEnglish
PublishedMarch 1999
PublisherRandom House
Web links for this book
Search at Bookcrossing.com
Wikipedia booksources
Shop for this book
At Amazon.co.uk
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Back to shelf Fiction

Score:

Vote for this book

The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'The Reader':

Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust? "We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable.... Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose?" 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.

Add my review for The Reader
Search The Virtual Bookcase

Enter a title word, author name or ISBN.

The shelves in The Virtual Bookcase

Arts and architecture (25)
Biography (24)
Business and Management (120)
Cars and driving (53)
Cartoons (45)
Children's books (180)
Computer (475)
Computer history/fun (113)
Computer networks (382)
Computer programming (215)
Computer security (272)
Cook books (89)
Fantasy (154)
Fiction (446)
Health and body (71)
History (138)
Hobby (37)
Horror (65)
Humorous books (52)
Literature (57)
Operating systems (94)
Outdoor camping (162)
Outdoors (236)
Politics (85)
Privacy (61)
Psychology (55)
Religion (17)
Science (113)
Science Fiction (156)
Self-help books (56)
Technology (14)
Travel guides (308)
War and weapons (29)
World Wide Web (213)
Zen (5)
Other books (89)

The Virtual Bookcase is created and maintained by Koos van den Hout. Contact e-mail webmaster@virtualbookcase.com.
Site credits
Copyright © 2000-2020 Koos van den Hout / The Virtual Bookcase Copyright and privacy statement