The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

"The Reader" is a poignant narrative centered around a young German boy's complex relationship with an older woman, who later turns out to be a former Auschwitz guard. Their relationship begins with her teaching him to read, but takes a drastic turn when she disappears, only to reemerge on trial for war crimes. The novel explores themes of guilt, shame, and redemption, as the boy, now a law student, grapples with his feelings for a woman he once loved, but whose past actions he cannot reconcile with.

The 751st greatest book of all time


Published
1995
Nationality
German
Type
Fiction
Pages
200-300
Words
62,000
Original Language
German

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