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Emotionally gripping

on 1/6/2009

[Spoilers] How can you possibly empathize with a Nazi guard? Well, you begin to want to understand her if she's Hanna Schmitz. The story is told through Michael Berg, a 15 year old who falls for the beautiful Hanna and begins a sexual relationship with the 36 year old. He reads to her, and she sleeps with him. But it is clear that there is mutual love inappropriate as it might be.And as quickly as Hanna enters his life, she disappears marking him for life. He comes across her in a sensationalized trial of 6 female SS guards and he's shocked. But sitting through the trial, he realizes her secret: why she left so suddenly, why she accepts all the blame for the conduct on trial, and why she won't defend herself. But she allows her her deceit and keeps silent. His relationships fail, his marriage fails, his relationship with his daughter is distant...all because of Hanna. Yet he maintains that relationship with Hanna after the courtroom from a distance through the medium that meant so much to Hanna. All the while, he never really forgives her, understands her, or accepts her. Yet, in his own way, he always loves her. Read More

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At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime *Author: Schlink, Bernhard *Publication Date: 1999/02/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375707971
SKU 30469190
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375707972
Release Date 2/1/1999
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"The best novel I read this year....An unforgettable short tale about love, horror and mercy in Germany before and after 1945. Word of mouth about this novel ran all over Europe before the publicity machine caught up."
"Schlink's daring fusion of 19th-century post-romantic, post-fairy-tale models with the awful history of the 20th-century makes for a moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful work."
"Schlink tells this story with marvellous directness and simplicity, his writing stripped bare of any of the standard gimmicks of dramatization."
"Part of the artistry of this novel lies in its limpid, understated realism, the tangible details....The integrity of THE READER lies with the narrator's refusal to assign blame according to initial, obvious interpretation; indeed, as the novel develops, its theme becomes the always-shifting landscape of guilt and shame."
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Annotation A teenage boy named Michael is befriended by Hanna, a mysterious older married woman. Years later as a law student, he attends a criminal trial in which Hanna stands accused. What emerges is not only Hanna's terrible crime, but an even more dire secret that involves Michael himself. A New York Times Notable Book for 1997.
First Line When I was fifteen, I got hepatitis.
Editors Note Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.
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Number of Pages 0224
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