...in collective guilt. This story will keep me thinking for days and days. The use of a pedophilic 'love' story as the backdrop for a study of Germany's collective guilt over the holocaust is, if not appropriate, then at least congruous. Although you never come to sympathize with the characters, exactly, you do feel the deep tragedy that their lives become.
I wonder if something was lost in translation from the German in this book. I just couldn't get too involved with these characters. It was written coldly and left me bored most of the time. I have studied German history extensively and normally the real stories of the holocaust get me so upset that I wonder why I read this or watched that.
This one left me thinking, well, so what? The seduction of a 15 year old boy affected his entire life. That's not unusual. The context of the German holocaust was the difference here.
It was just so unemotionally written that I didn't relate to anyone and I was glad when it was over.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and informative of the German people at the time of the Holocaust. It made me sad that the man did not find happiness because he grew older.
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Usually I try to come up with a more audacious or funny review title, but this story earned a succinct and active label. The story will take you places you will not expect, and always feels alive, which I understand as not only difficult but confusing and passionate. Tragic but yet alive. I truly hope it affects you as well.
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I wanted to like The Reader, but toward the end especially, I just couldn't wait for it to be over. Too much inaction, and too much unsaid.
Moves your heart
Yes. I didn't know what to expect of the characters at the beginning of each chapter.
I listened to this book AFTER I had listened to Night by Elie Wiesel and would recommend both to everyone!