The Reader (Paperback)
  • The Reader (Paperback)

The Reader (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 28/02/1998
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An exceptionally powerful novel exploring the themes of betrayal, guilt and memory against the background of the Holocaust. An international bestseller. For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret. 'A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction. A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' INDEPENDENT

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753804704

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To be honest I found this a little disappointing. The story of a 15 year old boys (Michael) obsession with a 36 year old woman (Hanna), an obsession which carries on for nearly 20 odd years. And Hanna hiding... More

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