The reader

Bernhard Schlink ; translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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.


Leah YousePosted November 9, 2009

On the streets of West Germany, 15-year-old Michael Berg finds his life irrevocably changed. Hanna Schmitz, a 36-year-old tram conductor, discovers him doubled over in sickness in front of her apartment and decides to escort him home. After his healt...

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