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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Jul 31, 09

bookshelves: fiction, 2009, list-ww2, f-literary
Read in July, 2009

I just couldn't connect with this book, no matter how much I tried. I found some actions of Hanna too gross and Mike's infatuation and initial actions too sick for thought. This story really sets you thinking on several levels, like is Hanna to blame for Mike's confusion in life, what caused Hanna to make her last decision, why was Mike so embarassed with her later once she no longer looked as beautiful as she initially was, and many others. It was too sad, admittedly. I so wished things turned out different. I wouldn't say this book is bad. I do see the questions and the consequences of Hanna's and Mike's actions, but it just did not work out for me.
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