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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Mar 22, 2009

it was ok
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Read in March, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Most of the women in my book club could tell you that I never rule out a story because of its lack of a happy ending. I still felt betrayed by The Reader even though I understand Schlink's attempt at poetic justice.

I found myself understanding Hanna's attraction of the weaker child, Michael. I saw her as a heroine, injecting Michael with a sense of confidence that he would not have attained for many years had he lived his life like a normal teenager.

Then I found her as a poison, tearing apart at his life and ruining all that was good to him. And at the same time, I understood that as well. I think that we all have those people or those moments that we will never, ever regret even though it haunts us for the rest of our lives. Our minds always go back towards that one event or person and when times are good, it will attempt to cloud our judgment. When times are bad, it will act as a reminder of what might have been or what was. And at times, it becomes hard to distinguish between what that moment in time really represented.

In the end, I felt cheated and betrayed at Hanna's death. I wanted Hanna to come back with Michael and live out the rest of her days in peace. And I was so angry with Michael for never writing her after seeing that all she wanted was a little recognition. It hurt deep down for me in a place I had not been to in a while.

I suppose that this book has its merits but while I write, in the wake of the ending, I can only find faults...
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Shannon let me know how this is.

Suzie "in the wake of the ending, I can only find faults... "


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