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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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Feb 04, 2011

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This book reminded me a lot of the seemed to wash in and out, in and out with this theme of being deeply connected and then disconnected (with the inevitability of being connected again when the next emotion crashed up on the shore). That's not only how the "kid" seemed to be in his relationship to Hanna - it's how I felt reading it and trying to decide how much I really cared about the characters. I think the plot that the story hangs on is interesting, but it only gets 3 stars from me because ultimately, I ended up being more disconnected to the action and people than engaged by them. Was that Schlink's intention? Perhaps. Not giving his protagonist a name other than "kid" until the end of the book is distancing, and I imagine that there is quite a bit of distance between people who have suffered mightily, such as those tied up as victims of the Third Reich, and people like me who only read about great suffering from the comfort of my overstuffed couch.

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Sharon If you have it, you should read it and come back to book discussion this month...

Sara I don't have it, maybe I will download it for the Kindle? Did you like it?

Leah This book is excellent, Sara.

Sara Okay, I'll fast track it. I'm almost done with Dorian Gray.

Sharon We had a lively discussion tonight! I couldn't believe they didn't have the next book for me and my name was not on their list. I think I only missed two meetings (tough crowd) ;-)

Sara I'm only on chapter 5 right now but I like it so far! Glad the discussion was good :)

Leah Yeah, this was the only book discussion I've led where EVERYONE showed up (18 people!) and there was a diversity of opinions, all strong. It was an excellent discussion.

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