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 ...Read MoreFor 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 SATURDAY MAGAZINERead Less
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After seeing the movie with my friend and her husband, I ordered the book. It was amazing how closely the movie kept to the original. I would recommend it to all who like books with substance.
Mar 4, 2010
great afternoon read
I read this one afternoon. Each chapter took you more and more into these people?s lives. I love how the love story is intertwined with history. As soon as I read it I got a hold of a friend and had them read it. I saw the movie as reading the book and again the book is so much better than the movie
Jul 1, 2009
Simple and original
I read this book after watching the movie of the same name, expecting it to be longer and more sappy.
It surprised me that each chapter wasn't longer than a few pages, and it surprised me even more that each chapter, particularly near the end of the book, introduced a new idea that I hadn't thought of before.
I liked this book; it told an incredible story that touched me. I've never read a book with a similar plotline, which is super important nowadays, and I've never quite sympathised with an Auschwitz guard as I did while I was reading.
The Reader is worth the few dollars you spend on it.
Jun 5, 2009
Great book. Worth every penny. One of the best books I've
ever read. Sent one of the books to my sister!
Apr 2, 2009
This book I would recommend to anyone looking to read like a writer. The precision, the detail, and the imagery make a very powerful story. I loved this book. If you saw the movie and wanted to read the book you won't be disappointed.
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