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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Mar 07, 11

bookshelves: ii-world-war, life, germany
Read from March 02 to 06, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I was a bit uncertain in giving 2 or 3 stars to this book. In the end I went for 2. I found the writing a bit strange. I don't know how to explain it, but I had the sensation it could be both the translation or the style of the writer. Not that it was difficult to read, but has an unusual choice of vocabulary and grammar. The story itself seems a bit unconvincing, esp. at the beginning. No particulars are given to make it real and it seemed to me really too easy to Michael to skip lessons to meet Hanna, or even to go on holidays with her for a few days being only 15 years old. The center of the story is somehow lazy and Michael does not inspire me any popularity: I think he is too cold and too aseptic conflicting all his choices in life (graduating, marrying and so on). I guess the most touching part of this book is the trial part, discovering Hanna was something different from what Michael and maybe the readers thought. Anyway, even the Holocaust part seem far away from the book, like only touched to give a partial description of real Hanna. Maybe what i liked more about this was the (unexpected) end. One think I'd like to add: wasn't it clear from almost the beginning that Hanna couldn't read and write? Maybe it's because I am reading the book and not living the story itself. But I found really difficult to believe Michael did not understand this before.
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message 1: by Hayes (new)

Hayes I totally agree... unconvincing.

Elisabetta Ijust read your review, I am glad you agree!

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