“The Reader,” by Bernhard Schlink, was an Oprah Book Club selection in February 1999. It is a very intriguing and quick read. It shows an interesting development between two characters during postwar Germany. It is a story of love and secrets, and shows how situations can bring strangers together in interesting ways.
“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..” - Amazon.com
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), I would rate this book an 9. I really enjoyed the quick pace of the book. I was always wanting to read the next chapter. I also love reading anything related to history, and this does show how times were in Germany after the war. There is a link to Amazon on the right sidebar of this page if you would like more information about the book, or if you would like to purchase it! It is 60% off right now and comes to under $6! What a deal!
Have you read this book? What did you think? What rating would you give it?
* REMINDER: Tomorrow night is our first “Virtual Book Club Meeting!” We read Loving Frank, and we will be discussing through Twitter (#LovingFrank) from 8-9pm EST.