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Vertaling van Die Heimkehr.
Nederlandse vertaling door W. Hansen
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published 2006 by Cossee BV
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Friederike Knabe
May 09, 2010 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
"... because I wanted a new life, but did not know what it should be like." Most children growing up knowing little about an absent father will at some stage seek clues from the past in order to comprehend their own persona. The quest to fill gaps and to identify with their own behaviour may reveal unpleasant surprises. These can be especially disturbing for those growing up after a war during which their fathers may have condoned or even committed atrocities. In "Homecoming", Bernhard Schlink t ...more
Kristine Morris
Feb 04, 2012 Kristine Morris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bernhard Schlink should have written an essay or article on the theory of law, justice and the philosophy of good and evil and left it at that. Instead he tried carve a story about a boy’s search for an absent father into this lecture. I think there are some interesting concepts explored in the book, and it had the potential to be another “The Reader”- his first novel, but it needed to be revised (more than once) and a heavy hand of editing would have helped too.
I like books that have a mytholo
Ana  Vlădescu
I genuinely enjoyed this book so I'm going to grant it 5 stars without thinking the second time. It's a really good story, the main character is easy to understand and the plot is not extremely complicated, but not too simple either.

The ending sentence I loved, (view spoiler)
Andrei Tamaş
Sep 25, 2014 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O lectură ideală pentru a fi citită într-un cotlon pașnic al Elveției, spre exemplu. Viața de zi cu zi, fără evenimente "senzaționale", este transpusă într-un mod fluid, ceea ce face, cu toată simplitatea subiectului, o operă ușor de digerat. Ceea ce mi-a plcut cel mai mult a fost însă folosirea "tacticii" memoriei afective. De la legendarul roman proustian, nu am mai citit nimic -nicio operă- în care memoria afectivă să fie atât de bine conturată...
Miroslav Mateev
Jun 28, 2011 Miroslav Mateev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know how there is books that make you stop all you are doing and just sit down and read. Well this one does the exact opposite - to make you want to do anything but read!
Stephen Durrant
I am a big fan of Bernhard Schlink's "The Reader," even though it has now been Oprahfied. So I began "Homecoming" with high expectations. I was somewhat disappointed. "Homecoming," I believe, tries to do too much. It is a story of a lost father and the guilt and sense of mystery a young German feels as he tries to recuperate someone whose life was lived in the shadow of the Third Reich, but it is also organized around The Odyssey, attempting to play off that classic, and is, moreover, a meditati ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The whole thing feels rather forced. It begins with an unlikely obsession (fragments of a long-lost novel that the narrator, Peter DeBauer just has to find out more about) becomes a search for his father who was supposed to have been killed in the war. But there are way too many far-fetched clues - people who remember conversations and incidents from over 40 years earlier, for example.
The characters themselves don't come alive. They're more like pieces in a chess game, and often seem to be ther
Sep 23, 2011 Aryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, historical
Feh. This was a BORING book. The author tried to draw parallels with The Odyssey, which just ended up reminding me how much I hated Odysseus - how much he was a womanizing, cocky, douchebag.

"[...] I was too much in love with the play of my ideas to impose a structure on them."
This book may have done better as a scholarly essay, the forced plot and love story was boring and pointless.
Mar 12, 2014 Brandon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More like 2.5 stars. Really enjoyed Mr. Schlink's novel, The Reader, but this one fell a bit short. Probably would have embraced it more in my college years, but the novel lacked in engaging storytelling with its odd forays in philosophical discourse and a whining protagonist.
Aug 09, 2011 Mckenziewall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Homecoming? It should have been called The Meandering. Maybe I would have gotten more out of it had I read the Odyssey first. But alas...
Nov 07, 2011 Vishy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered ‘Homecoming’ by Bernhard Schlink a few years back during one of my random browsing sessions at the bookstore. Schlink was more famous for his book ‘The Reader’ which was made into a movie of the same name and which won Kate Winslet her first Oscar. ‘Homecoming’ appealed to me because of its bookish cover and the plot. I thought I will read it for German Literature Month. It was gripping from the first page to the last. I finished reading it today. Here is what I think.

What I think

Jul 02, 2009 Grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'We make our own truths and lies....Truths are often lies and lies truths...'

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
Apr 30, 2011 Heffalumpi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book showed much promise from the blurb on the back cover. I had read his other book The Reader before it was made into a film and really enjoyed it so naturally I did not hesitate to give this book a go. A fair go I did give it, 159 pages to be exact, and it went nowhere, well, nowhere I wanted to continue to go!

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
Hannah Messler
So the criticism that the lady who gave me The Reader had of it was concerning this part where the main character goes skiing toward the end of the book and he skis in a teeshirt. And she was like "That just seemed over-the-top and melodramatic and idiotic to me, like [affects silly German accent:] 'Oh I am so German and desensitized I will just ski in the freezing cold in a teeshirt because I have no feelings after all that has befallen me,'" which, yeah, is pretty dumb, I guess, if you read it ...more
Perhaps more daring in conception but less well realized in execution than The Reader, Schlink's Homecoming uses Homer's Odyssey (in the sense of its being of the class of nostoi) as a metaphor for "homecoming." As is so often the case, this is an example of demanding too much of a metaphor. The basic idea is sound and interesting, but Schlink has relied too much on references to the details of the Odyssey appearing in strange ways throughout the narrative, which has the dual effects of strainin ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Fascinating exploration of the search for identity in post-war Germany by the author of The Reader. Legal, moral, and psychological issues thoroughly excavated but sometimes at the expense of literary value.
Jan 28, 2017 Lesley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
High expectations but left disappointed. Well one I felt the narrator of this audiobook was flat, emotionless and boring (which never helps any story) and two, this was more like a dragged out essay on life without dad and going on a trip to find out about him. (But I highly recommend The reader from this author)
Apr 09, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start of by saying this, may be a wonderful book but maybe just was not the perfect match for me. I've given it 3 stars based on my experience with it, not based on the author's talent.

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
The first two-thirds of this book were pretty good. We start with young Peter describing his childhood visits to his grandparents in Switzerland. His grandparents edit a series of light novels, one of which is the story of Carl, a German soldier, and his struggle to return home from the Russian front after WWII. Unfortunately, Peter has only the manuscript of the book, and the ending is missing. What happens when Carl returns home and finds his wife with another man and two small daughters? Does ...more
Das Leben des Deutschen Peter Debauer ist in diesem Roman wie eine Odyssee angelegt. Die Hauptfigur surft auf dieser Irrfahrt völlig wirr und sinnlos durch sein Leben und das Jahrhundert, auf der Suche nach dem Ende eines Romans, auf dessen Manuskript er zufällig als Kind gestossen ist und hinter ständig wechslenden Personen her.

So spannend das Epos von Homer ist, so lähmend ist diese Geschichte, denn ganze 260 Seiten weiss der Leser nicht wofür die Hauptfigur dies alles tut, wohin diese Geschi
Schlink's novel 'The Reader' was excellent so I was excited to read this however, I found 'Homecoming' to be disappointed. Don't get me wrong, Schlink is a great writer and first 2/3 of the book are very well written but the latter portions of the book I found to be flawed and dull indeed. Losing a star for that.

'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
Aug 21, 2012 Kokeshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany, favorites
I love Bernard Schlink's writing. His discussion of the human toll of war, even generations later, is like a balm for the open wound.

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
Feb 13, 2011 zespri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while for me to figure out where Bernhard Schlink was going with this book. I loved The Reader, so thought I was in for another treat. Not so. I enjoyed the perspective of WW11 from a German insider, and the details of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there were some good quotes that I stopped and thought about but really the story did not grab me. I really did not enjoy the way the narrator kept finding meaning in pieces of an old novel he found and pieced together. It seemed too coincide ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Schlink, Bernhard. HOMECOMING. (2006; US 2008). **. One of Elmore Leonard’s rules of good writing is to leave out those parts that readers tend to skip over. If that were the case with this novel, we would end up with over 250 pages of blank paper suitably bound for using as a journal or sketch pad. This is a journey to identity story that many writers seem to need to write. You don’t have to read them, though. Some of them grab you early on and won’t let you go. This one didn’t.
Jennifer  Sciolino-Moore
This book was an awful slog until the very end. It would have made an excellent short story, but instead the author chose to drone on. This was disjointed, and the author's conceit of using the father's writing was obnoxious and boring, and, frankly, out-of-place and superfluous.
David Osuna
Un advocat alemany busseja en la història familiar per descobrir el final d'una novel·la que el té intrigat des de nen. El viatge el portarà a descobrir el passat i present del seu pare, qui creia mort.
Feb 17, 2014 Lisbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-fiction
Bernhard Schlink is probably most famous for his wonderful book The Reader, which was also made into a film. Homecoming has been on my TBR shelves for some years, and which is often the case, once I have read the book, I wonder why I left it there for so long.

As with The Reader, this book takes us back to events during World War II. Peter Debauer is born at the end of the war and grows up with his mother. His father died during the war. His youth summers are spent with his grand parents in Switz
As befitting its title, the opening chapter of Homecoming is luminously nostalgic: the narrator recalls the train journeys he used to take by himself from post-war Germany to visit his grandparents in bucolic Switzerland.

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
Mar 14, 2008 Leanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Bernhard Schlink’s latest book, Homecoming, based on a brief blurb in USA Today’s Winter books preview: “Moral questions confront children of WWII parents; set in Germany.”

Based on this description, I was expecting something different than I found in Homecoming. Yes, the main character, Peter Debauer, does have parents who lived through WWII. Yes, the book takes place in Germany. But Schlink is a German himself, and the book was translated from German by Michael Henry Heim.

Although the no
Judy Beyer
An interesting concept, but not as gripping as The Reader. I found the parallels with The Odyssey a little laboured.
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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "sel
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