The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Goodreads Summary: A powerful and intense tale of secrets and a hidden past, The Reader is a thrilling book. As a 15-year-old boy in postwar Germany, Michael Berg had a passionate affair with a mysterious, guarded woman twice his age that ended suddenly when she disappeared. Years later, Michael sees her again — when she is on trial for a terrible crime.
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My Views: Well, I don’t know where to start. This book is short but heavy. Not heavy in terms of weight but heavy in terms of emotions that it carries. With a postwar Germany as its background, what did you expect?
The book starts on a lighter note with a 15 year old boy who happens to meet a woman. And then there’s no looking back.
The book takes you on a journey so unique in itself that you find yourself pondering on it. I got confused a couple of times during the reading and had to re-read what it was about. The book is mysterious, I think I can call it that.
The secrets spill out one by one and everything changes. I don’t want to spill the premise or what happens afterward, so I’m at a loss of what to write.
In all, this book made me think a lot. I don’t think there’s one answer to anything in this book. It will make you agree and disagree with your own thoughts. It will make you want to change things. It will make you emotional and you will speculate to no end.
This will make a wonderful book for a book club. I wish I had someone to discuss it out loud with, this is one of that kind.
I think I loved this one but then again, I’m not sure. LOL! I will have to re-read it sometime soon. I think I will watch the movie too.