The Reader by Bernard Schlink

About the book

Schlink explores questions of guilt, deceit, betrayal and memory in this novel which traces the relationship between a German lawyer, Michael, and an older woman, Hanna, who was formerly a guard at a satellite camp attached to Auschwitz.

Reviewed by Biscuits, Books and Banter

Excellent book for promoting discussion. The concept is unusual and slightly disturbing but the writer does an excellent job in making it seem believable. Michael’s relationship with Hannah is very well written as the story and their ages go on.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “The Reader by Bernard Schlink”

  1. Review by Entre Nous
    This was very stimulating for a book group in that it inspired interesting discussion about the motives of our actions, whether we should always obey orders, whether the shame of being a guard at a concentration camp is greater than the shame of illiteracy etc.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by Booklovers
    Brilliant! This aroused two hours and more of discussion. The style and characters were admirable.
    Star rating: ****


  3. Review by Ten for Books
    Everyone should read this book! We all felt this dealt with difficult issues brilliantly. Very easy to read but very thought provoking.
    Star rating: ****


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