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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Mar 27, 09

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Read in March, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This is not a bad book. I kept hearing about the "twist" but it was really obvious within a few chapters that the heroine was illiterate so I kept waiting and waiting for some other twist. I shouldn't really blame the author for this. It is a result of the release of a major studio movie based on the book as well as the blurb reviews in the back, all of which keep talking about the big secret that a person would rather not reveal. I am not entirely convinced that the portrait of this heroine- so circumspect and brutally scrupulous in her job-performance- gels with her actions in letting herself be committed for major crimes rather than reveal that she cannot read. But then again that is only a feeling. It is a sweet love story in many ways and there is no faulting the honesty with which the author has captured the eroticism and uncertainty of the romance between a youth and a woman.

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