I listened to this book today, on a bright, sunny, southern California afternoon, on our patio overlooking the lake below our house, while knitting for twin grandbabies due soon. I was warmed by the sun, enchanted by the ducks and geese, filled with joy as I anticipated the birth of these two precious lives. Warmth, enchantment, joy. Such a contrast to the lives of the characters playing in my ears. All I can say is WOW! I think this is an afternoon and a book that I will long remember.
...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.
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!
SOMEONE LAYING AT HOME SICK
VERY SLOW. WOULD BE THE KIND OF BOOK USED IN A COLLEGE CLASS.
The author has a very interesting story to tell, but the characters are so dead that it is impossible to care about them. That makes it impossible to care about what happens to them. In the end what might be a very tragic and thoughtful story becomes a deadly bore.
Reading a plot synopsis made me think, "brilliant!" In reality I found this book mostly frustrating as every character consistently took NO ACTION to help themselves, help someone else, or even answer questions put to them. Unanswered questions are great for building a little tension, but this author's abuse of that literary device can be measured on the richter scale.
I enjoyed the reader's voice and I felt he had engrossed himself in the story.
Yes, but I had to split it up into sessions.
Mr. Middle Earth
A thoughtful, brilliantly written, powerful story. True to life, mesmerizing- it utterly draws you in.
What begins as a coming of age sexual adventure, turns into a story both rich and complex, endearing and tragic.
I cannot recommend it enough.
I had seen the movie first, but no real surprises here. The movie adaptation was actually quite close to the book. Very interesting story, and the narration was great.
I really enjoyed this story, and the narrator was quite satisfactory. He doesn't really stand out as fantastic, but he was still very pleasant to listen to. It's really Schlink's book that is the star here. It brings up so many different complex ideas and socially relevant ideas. I generally am not a fan of contemporary novels that comment on the Holocaust and WWII because really, what can a modern author say about an event that of the magnitude that has already been written about so extensively by people who were actually there? What can you ad to the debate? But Schlinlk is really extremely successful. His book is worth reading, even after everything that has already been said. I will certainly be reading it again.
I knew nothing of this book when I bought it. It started slowly. Then I was hooked. The characters are well developed and you have so many mixed emotions about every aspect of this book. This book was very well written and covered some very difficult subject matter. In the end it really made you think about the experiences these people had and how they coped with the mistakes that they made.