Friday, January 8, 2010

The Reader

We are currently reading The Reader by Bernhard Schlink for my Women of Words book group.

From Amazon -- "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?"

I have to admit that I have already seen the movie. (Yikes! Before I read the book? Really?) I really liked the movie and so far, I am liking the book too. It is hard to not have the movie playing in my head while I am reading, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, is it?


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