I like books that have a mytholo...more
What I think
The story starts out simple enough. Young Peter travels across the German / Swiss boarder to visit his grandparents during the summer. The descriptions here are well done and easy to visualize. The stories were interesting.
Peter becomes infatuated with a story his grandparents are editing and is frustrated when he can’t find the rest of t...more
Bernhard Schlink stunned the reading public with his brilliant novel 1999 THE READER and once again with HOMECOMING he proves he is one of our most important authors today. Written in German and translated by Michael Henry Heim, HOMECOMING addresses, as did THE READER, the prolonged impact of the WW II fall of Germany on the lives of those who survived it. Not only is this a gripping story of a deserted son's search for...more
The premise of the book was good in that a man who had spent most of his childhood with his grandparents during the summer months realises that the have been writing manuscripts an...more
Peter Debauer is a fabulous character. T...more
There were a lot of philosophy references and existential thought comparisons. I have never been a philosophy student nor enjoyed the disputes and conversations of the whole existential thought movement, so with this in mind, it was a slightly difficult read for me. I enjoy a good story, simply. I do enjoy...more
But the comforting image of friendly train conductors and boat rides on a lake is swiftly dispensed with in the next chapter, in which the narrator recounts a harrowing series of truck rides. His single mother hadn't the fare for the train, and so cast her child upon the kindnes...more
"...and the willingness to turn the staid, mechanical world of the Enlightenment into an organic, creative world of excitement, to overcome untrammeled egoism and individualism by working together, to bridge...more
'Homecoming' involves a young German man's search for the father who disappeared before his birth and his father's involvement in the war.
My problem is Schlink's work seems to too high o...more
Bernhard Schlink's The Reader (1995), an Oprah Book Club pick, explored a love affair and wartime guilt. Homecoming ruminates on guilt, justice, history, identity, and evil, and it uses the idea of homecoming to chart Peter's journey toward truth and love. Lies surface and questions about identity emerge as Peter follows clues to the mysterious author's
I can't think of another book that I've read that deals with WWII from the German perspective (and how the German population suffered equal horrors at being bombed, lives shattered, generations warped, etc). I am unused to thinking of the Germans role in WWII in any way other than "villain" so it was weird to suddenly...more
Schlink's The Reader was an amazing book and Homecoming is equally remarkable. As the title suggests homecoming is explored with the backdrop of Germany after WWII. This was a difficult time for Germany, but also for other nations whose troops were returning home after the devastation of war. This powerful novel comments on evil, justice, ethics, and morals before...more
The characters themselves don't come alive. They're more like pieces in a chess game, and often seem to be ther...more
So the story pursues a few threads:
The Odyssey - the book itself, books Peter is reading based on the book, and Peter's own life of discovery.
justice - Peter's unfinished dissertation, his father's exploitation of the ideal.
homecomings - a partial book he read as a child - of a war hero returning to his wife, to find her with another man & 2 children... what happens when she opens the door? He pursues...more
(But I do like how Schlink makes passing references to t...more
Plays with themes of the son's search for the missing father and the idea of homecoming in relation to "The Odyssey," giving the book a mythic overtone--in a less experimental fashion than Joyce.
The character of De Bauer the ex-Nazi, now a deconstr...more
Le livre est construit en une succession de chapitres tr?s courts ce qui hache ?norm?ment le r?cit. D'autre part, le narrateur laisse souvent court ? ses pens?es mais ces digressions s...more
His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "sel...more