The Reader, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


'A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' [Independent on Saturday] For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined.

The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused.

For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna.

The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense.

But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.


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This a really gripping book - the subject matter is controversial and the author writes the characters in such great detail. I slightly preferred Part One of the book and was waiting for a twist at the end (which didn't come), but it was still a fantastic read.

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I thought this was an interesting read and quite sad too, it raises a lot of thoughts about both Nazi trials and also about relationships with very large age differences. When I heard about the film originally, I thought it was trying to be too controversial and tackle too many issues, but when reading it, the age difference doesn't really stand out as much as I thought it would, you can almost 'ignore' it. The Nazi trial raises a lot of interesting questions and makes you think a lot. I found both main characters to be very realistic and the whole book to be quite believable, despite it's controversy. I was also left feeling sorry for Hanna at the end, despite what she did.

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Good thought provoking book, dealing with shades of morality.

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