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Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
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Apr 23, 2011

it was ok
Read from April 18 to 21, 2011

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 there to allow deBauer (or rather Schlink - he's always there) to expound his theories on war, justice, German unification and so on.
And the writing is not just spare but dry and convoluted, certainly devoid of anything approaching passion. Is it the translation perhaps?
I wanted to like this book. But it's just not as good as The Reader
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