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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Oct 30, 14

Read from November 28 to December 01, 2010

Listened to this on audio; read by Campbell Scott. Have mixed feelings about Scott's reading. He has a beautiful full-bodied voice but it's almost too even. There were moments, particularly during the trial, that were very emotional. Scott read them in a very calm and collected way, which was perhaps a misrepresentation of the author's intention; perhaps not. I almost abandoned this audiobook about half-way through because it felt "dead". The point having been made and the reader (Scott) just plodding along. I'm very glad that I stuck with it. The second half of the book gets into (not too much, but enough to whet one's appetite)into the evolution of German law. Also Germany's postwar generation and their collective guilt as well as their disdain (hatred? disgust?) for their parents.
Must admit that I ran not walked to the library after seeing the movie which starred Kate Winslett, who (I feel) did an amazing job of portraying Hannah.
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