The Reader

The Reader

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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. "From the Trade Paperback edition."show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • 128 x 152 x 28mm | 140.61g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739375954
  • 9780739375952
  • 647,422

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"A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel." --Los Angeles Times "Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful. . . . [The Reader] leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart." --The New York Times Book Review "Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex. . . . Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity." --The New York Times "Haunting. . . . What Schlink does best, what makes this novel most memorable, are the small moments of highly charged eroticism." --Francine Prose, Elle "From the Trade Paperback edition."show more

About Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally nest-selling novel "The Reader," which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Berlin and New more

Rating details

139,598 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 23% (31,877)
4 39% (54,899)
3 28% (39,026)
2 8% (10,853)
1 2% (2,943)
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