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Dan

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  • Homecoming: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernhard Schlink
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    (5)
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    (5)

    A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mother's unwavering but shaky history and the possibility of finding his missing father after all these years. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States, and back.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "Another Homer appropriation"
    "Schlink at his best"
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    Probably you're looking at this page because you read or saw The Reader and enjoyed it, and now you're curious to see what else Bernhard Sclink has written and wondering whether he's a one-hit-wonder. My advice, if you liked the first book and are looking for a smart, thoughtful, intimate novel, go for it. I seriously enjoyed this book.

    The novel is something of a detective story, a German boy trying to reconstruct the story of his father who died in WWII, and to understand the relationship between his mother and paternal grandparents. Like all of Schink's work, he manages to tell the tell the story of German 20th century history through the deeply personal experiences of one person and family. Maybe it's just me, but I find the quiet brooding of Schlink's characters deeply endearing and believable.

    I will say that the ending gets a little weird and perhaps a little too allegorical. And I can understand those who say the novel is too long and gets boring at times, though I don't agree. Again, if you've liked any of Schlink's other work, then I highly recommend this one.

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