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  • Hardcover
  • 216 pages
  • The Reader
  • Bernhard Schlink
  • English
  • 27 June 2019
  • 0375408266

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About the Author: Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb a play on the German word for sel Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb a play on the German word for self In 1995 he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a partly autobiographical novel The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list

10 thoughts on “The Reader

  1. says:

    booring is that a review this was just very flat to me i wasn t offended by the subject matter i could care less about the scandalous elements but the writing was so clinical and thin at one point, i blamed the translation, but c mon its not that hard to translate german to english i can t do it, of course, but it s supposed to be one of the easiest translations i have nothing helpful to say about this except i was bored bored bored the characters were unappealing, the twists we booring is that a review this was just very flat to me i wasn t offended by the subject matter i could care less about the scandalous elements but the writing was so clinical and thin at one point, i blamed the translation, but c mon its not that hard to translate german to english i can t do it, of course, but it s supposed to be one of the easiest translations i have nothing helpful to say about this except i was bored bored bored the characters were unappealing, the twists were ho hum, and i thought it very dry.i don t know what oprah was thinking

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    What About the Children The Reader is a profound exposition of the second generation issues concerning moral guilt for the Holocaust But it is, I think, also relevantgenerally to the way in which human beings get ensnared incrementally into the evils of their society We are all inevitably involved in this larger problem And, like the SS guards at a Nazi death camp, we are unaware of the moral peril of our situation, and unwilling to remove ourselves from that situation even when its h What About the Children The Reader is a profound exposition of the second generation issues concerning moral guilt for the Holocaust But it is, I think, also relevantgenerally to the way in which human beings get ensnared incrementally into the evils of their society We are all inevitably involved in this larger problem And, like the SS guards at a Nazi death camp, we are unaware of the moral peril of our situation, and unwilling to remove ourselves from that situation even when its harmful effects are obvious.To bepersonal and concrete At the moment I have three acquaintances, each of whom has had a reasonably successful corporate career one as an investment manager in the City, the second as a senior executive of an international sporting organisation, and the third as a partner of a global accounting firm All three are, however, deeply dissatisfied with their lives Their marriages, they all feel, are on the edge of breakdown One has had a psychological breakdown and is now institutionalised Another has been made redundant and, despite a large payout, sees nothing but existential gloom for the rest of his days The last is disgusted with the complete indifference of both his colleagues and clients to the visible harm their firms are inflicting on the world All of them, it shouldn t be necessary to emphasise, volunteered for the careers and styles of living they now suffer from.A central question posed to The Reader s defendant in her trial for causing the death of Jewish prisoners trapped in a burning church is, Why didn t you unlock the door I posed essentially the same question to my three acquaintances The situation you now find yourself in did not occur overnight I gently suggested, Therefore as you perceived what was happening to your mind, to your family, to the quality of your life, to national culture, why didn t you stop In principle, stopping is even less difficult than unlocking a door The reasons given for not stopping were almost identical in all three cases I can t afford to The financial denotation of afford , however, wasn t the main point Guilt in not providing what their families needed was important Financial compensation had become just that compensation for the companionship of marriage and family that had been denied This was associated with a fear of the disappointment or disapproval by their friends and family Success is naturally a social matter defined for us by those we know well But upon pushing a bit harder, it was also clear that the common strand among them was that each believed he had somehow let himself down by not realising the full potential he believed he had in him This psychic driver of being the best you can struck loud bells in my own experience It also reminded me of the remarkable book by Karen Ho, a social researcher from Princeton Her ethnographic study of the life and culture of Wall Street, Liquidated, is as insightful as it is troublesome to anyone who asks themselves why indeed they have not simply unlocked the door to an alternative life As she discovered in her employment in an investment bank, the culture of professional firms like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey Company is grounded in a simple, direct message You are here or want to be here in the case of applicants because you are the best and want to be among the best Call it the Culture of Presumptive Excellence CPE for short.CPE is what stimulates people to work consistently impossible hours, in places distant from home, with no respite It also justifies the treatment of subordinates as corporate fodder, hiring and firing with panache, and insisting on single minded loyalty as one moves up the ranks Standards of excellence, after all, do not maintain themselves In my experience, CPE, not compensation, or excitement, or perks , is the motive force of not just Wall Street but of the entire global corporate world Escaping that world is no easier than escaping the totalitarian society of Nazi Germany The identity and the obligations of being the best is a very powerful lock indeed, without any obvious key.Of course CPE is not merely a corporate problem it is a societal problem It is a problem of the perceived order Schlink s war trial defendant, Hanna, did not unlock the doors of the church to let the prisoners out, not because she is evil or because she was following orders She was afraid, she says, of the disorder that would have ensued prisoners running amok without the proper supervision to get them back in marching line It is this same disorder that my three acquaintances seem to fear most The problem with being the best is that the criterion for being best has to be set by someone with authority The self identity of the best depends on this To reject this classification and the criteria that define it, one also must reject the authority that sanctioned it This authority is so diffuse throughout society, that to reject it means to reject the entire society The loss of both identity and context for establishing a new identity is the ultimate disorder, chaos.Jean Korelitz, for example, herself a former admissions officer for Princeton, shows how pervasive the CPE is in the steps before entering the corporate world in her novel, Admission Princeton s pitch to applicants is exactly the same as that of the Wall Street firms to its applicants As the best, you will want to stay among the best, so apply to Princeton The stage before this, entry into prep school, is also fictionalised from experience, in turn, by Louis Auchincloss, particularly in his novel, The Rector of Justin The message doesn t vary We are the best and will help you stay among the best The destruction of personalities, families, and culture by CPE is systematic And it is systematically defended even by those whom it excludes The effects of CPE extend beyond those who are certifiably, as it were, the best to those who aspire to become part of the elite Deficiencies are masked by the aspiration itself, which is merely the acceptance of the defining authority In The Reader, Hanna is able to hide her secret shame by joining the SS, an elite corps I can say with a moral certainty that all three of my acquaintances have what are, to them, equivalent to Hanna s secret deficiencies Fear of exposure is therefore a powerful motivation to keep the system going, to promote its stable orderliness even when it is so evidently destructive.Schlink s narrator, Michael Berg, knows that Hanna could not have committed the crimes she is accused of because of the secret she is unwilling to reveal She may be guilty but not as guilty as she appears, or of what she is charged with What duty does he have to unlock the door with which she has imprisoned herself To speak up, either to her or the court, would expose her to profound shame, greater shame even than that of being found guilty of war crimes perhaps And if he does decide to speak up, how should he do it to her To her lawyer To the judge I feel the same dilemmas in advising my acquaintances, knowing that any mis step could provoke yetconsternation as well as a pointed lack of gratitude for my solicited but still impertinent advice.Berg s father, a philosopher, advises a simple ethical rule don t try to second guess the criterion of the good that an individual has established for himself This is useless advice It simply anoints conformity as the ethical norm Conformity is the opposite of resistance, a capacity for which is essential to avoid personal co optation, to either totalitarianism or corporatism Resistance which can take many forms All of them dangerous because they challenge order and the power behind order And all demand apparently un virtuous behaviour How can one advise such a course to anyone one cares about Ultimately Berg fails to act at all I find myself in Berg s position I feel any advice I can give is vapid To suggest resistance against a corporate culture that is so pervasive and so domineering is madness I can only ask the question Best is the superlative for what But I can t answer the question I am as trapped as anyone else Will the children of my acquaintances, or my own, look at the lives of their parents with the same dismay as the so called second generation of German children perceived their parents after 1945 Schlink s story ends in tragic sadness and unresolved guilt Perhaps no other ending is possible

  3. says:

    I have the feeling there sthan one way of looking at this book On one hand it can be viewed as a bildungsroman, it follows Michael Berg since the age of 15 till full maturity On the other hand, it s the post war German generation coming to terms with their past, the Nazi crimes and their parents guilt Guilt, actually, is a recurring theme in the novel Hanna is guilty of war crimes, Michael is guilty for betrayal plus he feels guilty for having loved Hanna and asks himself if that mak I have the feeling there sthan one way of looking at this book On one hand it can be viewed as a bildungsroman, it follows Michael Berg since the age of 15 till full maturity On the other hand, it s the post war German generation coming to terms with their past, the Nazi crimes and their parents guilt Guilt, actually, is a recurring theme in the novel Hanna is guilty of war crimes, Michael is guilty for betrayal plus he feels guilty for having loved Hanna and asks himself if that makes him a criminal as well , Michael s father for not being enough of a father The question you get stuck with, after reading, is Hanna s question addressed to the judge What would you have done The question I am stuck with is What would have happened if the truth had been told On a bohemian level, the novel is about love for books and reading, so that s a plus for bookworms

  4. says:

    This is the deep character development and type of writing that i ve been craving A book that made me think and ask so many questions Sometimes I felt like I was struggling through really heavy writing, but the actual story itself and the moral questions that arise from its telling were really, really interesting and I surprised myself with how much I found myself contemplating this novel Someone told me there s a movie with Kate Winslet and she is my actual wife so i m gonna go track that do This is the deep character development and type of writing that i ve been craving A book that made me think and ask so many questions Sometimes I felt like I was struggling through really heavy writing, but the actual story itself and the moral questions that arise from its telling were really, really interesting and I surprised myself with how much I found myself contemplating this novel Someone told me there s a movie with Kate Winslet and she is my actual wife so i m gonna go track that down bye

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    I m not really sure why this book is considered one of the best books of all time and managed to make into the big 1001 list Most of the time, even if I don t like a book, I tend to understand why someone else picked it In this case, I m rather clueless Is it, perhaps, that people see in it some message about humanity when Hanna won t purchase her freedom with the secret she has kept hidden for years Is it the vivid sexual tale of a teenage boy with an older woman Are we supposed to be shoc I m not really sure why this book is considered one of the best books of all time and managed to make into the big 1001 list Most of the time, even if I don t like a book, I tend to understand why someone else picked it In this case, I m rather clueless Is it, perhaps, that people see in it some message about humanity when Hanna won t purchase her freedom with the secret she has kept hidden for years Is it the vivid sexual tale of a teenage boy with an older woman Are we supposed to be shocked by it The novel starts with a romance when fifteen year old Michael finds himself ill on the way home from school and is taken in by a woman twice his age They begin an affair which is described by numerous critics as erotic This was the first hurdle my enjoyment came up against When I was fifteen with raging hormones and an extremely good looking history teacher, I would probably have been able to appreciate the eroticism of such an opportunity to have an illicit affair with someone much older and experienced But that s just a bunch of teenage fantasies that would never have become realities Now, it creeps me out I couldn t see it as a love story, I saw it as being about an adult who takes advantage of a child all very ironic when I think about my first interpretation of Lolita, but I guess I grew up somewhat.It has been suggested that we are expected to draw parallels between Hanna s secret and the behaviour of most German people during the second world war, that is why Schlink deliberately set the novel in this fragile post war period But I m really not a fan of stories that are one big metaphor for something else or no, maybe it isn t so much that I don t like that, butthat it has to be done in a manner which I find appealing and it has to be obvious I refuse to believe in metaphors that have been proposed by some random critic and then jumped on by everyone else I m trying not to give away Hanna s secret in case there are people who haven t worked it out straight away, but I wasn t buying into this metaphor.This combined with the author s sparse tone quickly distanced me from the novel I just prefer interesting and complex characters, an engaging plot, relationships I care about I prefer all this over metaphor In the end, metaphor is subjective and if I can t see it myself without someone else suggesting it to me then I believe either the author failed to make their metaphorical point clearly enough or the metaphor itself doesn t exist

  6. says:

    Great book.Wonderful piece and remotely expressed Words flowing like water in oceans.I d Miss someone with that book.As the Young Lady entangled with teen.Which flows the flawless love between them even when she got life imprisonment, She was turned to old And Teen was turned to Man.Time had changed, but their love sustained as he gave her recordings of stories.Lovely Book.Also, Watch movie based on this novel, My one of favourite actress, the drama Queen Kate Winslet s performance was surreal Great book.Wonderful piece and remotely expressed Words flowing like water in oceans.I d Miss someone with that book.As the Young Lady entangled with teen.Which flows the flawless love between them even when she got life imprisonment, She was turned to old And Teen was turned to Man.Time had changed, but their love sustained as he gave her recordings of stories.Lovely Book.Also, Watch movie based on this novel, My one of favourite actress, the drama Queen Kate Winslet s performance was surreal

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    There are some books you know will stay with you forever, and Bernhard Schlink s The Reader is definitely one of them It has been highly critically acclaimed, winning the Boston Book Review s Fisk Fiction Prize, and it deserves all the praise it has received The Holocaust is a difficult, though much covered, subject matter, and this novel has a sure touch and an appealing lack of judgment with it The story begins in the world of almost childhood of fifteen year old Michael Berg, recovering fr There are some books you know will stay with you forever, and Bernhard Schlink s The Reader is definitely one of them It has been highly critically acclaimed, winning the Boston Book Review s Fisk Fiction Prize, and it deserves all the praise it has received The Holocaust is a difficult, though much covered, subject matter, and this novel has a sure touch and an appealing lack of judgment with it The story begins in the world of almost childhood of fifteen year old Michael Berg, recovering from a summer of hepatitis, begins a relationship with Hanna, a much older woman he meets by chance The first part of the novel, untouched by the shadow of the recent war or Germany s disturbed and dangerous past, deals with Michael and Hanna s burgeoning relationship, and the little fears and worries that can make up one big problem Eventually, as we know it must, their relationship ends and Hanna moves away.When the book moves on to the second part, the tone has changed considerably Michael, now a law student, attends the trial of female Nazi war criminals To his shock, one of them is Hanna, who had been a camp guard at Auschwitz I won t sayfor fear of spoiling it for you, but the Holocaust is seriously considered in the light of philosophy and moral responsibility There is an attitude that one becomes numb to the horror of it all if too exposed to it, and this book does not go into ghastly detail, but rather examines evenpainful details who was to blame, how do we live with the suffering, how can one atone, and most of all, what is the next generation to do It also looks at what it means to love someone, how much we can accept of them and how blind we can be to those we love Love, guilt and betrayal feature prominently in this novel.In many ways Hanna was innocent, and yet it becomes apparent that she lived every day with terrible guilt Michael was a victim of her actions, and yet he too is guilty by association The reader of the title is Michael, who read to Hanna during the early part of the relationship the reader is Hanna, alone in prison occupying herself by learning about the experiences of camp inmates The reader is selected individuals in the camps who read aloud to Hanna, and may have died because of it But most of all, the reader is ourselves the title points the finger at us, because now we have the knowledge, what should we do with it If all it takes for evil to prevail is for the good to remain silent, then how innocent are any of us And how can we deal with the subsequent guilt There are so many layers to this subtly complex novel that having just finished it, I have to start it again The transforming power of words is negated by their ultimate futility, and actions in this novel speak deafeningly loud.If we have a responsibility towards the past, to learn from it, and I believe we do, then this book will help us to go some way towards fulfilling it

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    I I mean so what would you have done Hanna meant it as a serious question She did not know what she should or could have done differently, and therefore wanted to hear from the judge, who seemed to know everything, what he would have done This same question is posed in other situations throughout this book Should Michael, being the only other person to know Hanna s secret, have exposed this secret in order to help her during the trial Should Michael have beenunderstand I I mean so what would you have done Hanna meant it as a serious question She did not know what she should or could have done differently, and therefore wanted to hear from the judge, who seemed to know everything, what he would have done This same question is posed in other situations throughout this book Should Michael, being the only other person to know Hanna s secret, have exposed this secret in order to help her during the trial Should Michael have beenunderstanding toward Hanna, after the trial Should the average German citizen feel shame for not doingto avert the Holocaust How should today s German citizen feel towards their ancestors that had to endure World War II As that guard , what should Hanna have done You be the judge.

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    It s too simple to say I read any single book because I want to read it There are dozens of reasons I ll pick up a particular title I like the author I like the subject matter the book is an award winner the book comes with many trusted recommendations I was supposed to read the book in high school and I feel guilty because I played Goldeneye on my N64 instead I will freely admit that I read War and Peace simply to say I read War and Peace I d take it to the cafeteria every day and let p It s too simple to say I read any single book because I want to read it There are dozens of reasons I ll pick up a particular title I like the author I like the subject matter the book is an award winner the book comes with many trusted recommendations I was supposed to read the book in high school and I feel guilty because I played Goldeneye on my N64 instead I will freely admit that I read War and Peace simply to say I read War and Peace I d take it to the cafeteria every day and let people see me with it I was trying to project a certain image unfortunately, the image I projected was a creepy loner way too interested in Russian melodrama I read The Reader because it had Nazis And because it prominently featured a deviant sexual affair Sold and sold I dared think that Bernhard Schlink s novel might be that rarest of things, these days truly transgressive I mean, sex and Nazis and a literary pedigree to boot Where do I sign up This slim novel tells the story of an affair between 15 year old Michael and the far older Hanna, with whom he has an affair in West Germany in 1958 Hanna, a tram conductor, comes to Michael s aid when Michael falls ills Later, Michael s mother forces Michael to go thank Hanna after a laughably stupid seduction the literary equivalent of that old porn standby, the copy repairman , the two are having an affair I guess this is shocking Taboo busting I don t know I can t really muster much moral outrage at statutory rape when it is set against the recent background of the Holocaust Moreover, the scenes between the two lovers how I despise that phrase are written in such a mundane, clinical fashion, that I could only speculate that Schlink or his translator was a technical writer, taking time off from telling me the side effects of Ditropan In reality, Schlink is a judge, and I suppose the detached, just the facts ness of The Reader could be compared to a legal brief The affair goes on for awhile It doesn t generate much heat, since both the main characters are constructed out of cardboard, with macaroni faces and yarn for hair The title is also explained partially because Michael must read aloud to Hanna before they Biblically unite That sound you hear is my eyes rolling Eventually, Hanna disappears Seven years later, Michael is a law student, and he attends a war crimes trial where SHOCK Hanna is on trial Turns out she was a concentration camp guard think Mary Kay Letourneau crossed with Heinrich Himmler It s hard to screw up a novel about a Nazi pedophile, but it happens here There is always going to be tension when a fictional work of art using that term loosely is set against the backdrop of a recent tragedy Until the last person who survived said tragedy is dead, any author daring to touch the subject is going to get dinged a little We can all argue about the morality of such fictionalizations, but the point is moot It s going to happen Schlink obviously knew the dangers going in, and tried to avoid them In doing so, he wrote a book that is simply flat There are two directions to take a story like this First, there is over the top, Inglorious Basterds style pulp Just accept that your book is basically fan fiction from the SS Experiment Camp line of movies, and wait for Cinemax to call with an offer The second direction is to make a serious, searching novel about an ordinary person who survived the Holocaust, but as a cog in the machinery of death, rather than a survivor Explore how that person lives each day wtih the things he or she has done This kind of book would take a lot of psychological digging, and there aren t a lot of authors up to this task The Reader tries to do a little of both, and ends up a big, dull, intellecutally insulting dud As already noted, the love affair generates slightly less heat than the pairing of Liza Minnelli and David Gest The decision to include a statutorily illegal relationship was obviously meant to garner attention, but it fails to shock, titilate, or even vaguely incite any interest The transition to the courtroom, and beyond, is even worse Here, the author makes a half hearted attempt to avoid moral relativism, and then falls right into that trap In an epic bit of reductionism, Schlink manages to equate the tragedy of the Holocaust with spoiler alert, I guess adult illiteracy If only that was a joke Schlink s idea of depth is to fill a couple of pages with facile hypothetical questions that he helpfully leaves unanswered All the better I doubt I would care about what answers he discovered While Part I of The Reader is a tepid affair between two paper dolls, and Part II reduces the Holocaust to one SS Guard s illiterate shame, Part III manages, stunningly, to get worse The epilogue, which must be read to be believed, is so stilted, awkward, and glib that I almost felt bad for the characters ciphers forced to utter the tortured dialogue I suppose I got what I deserved It s like when you click on a hyperlink for naked celebrity photos and get a computer virus instead Or so I ve been told I picked up this book thinking it might be trashy, and it turned out it was, but just not the kind of trash I enjoy

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    Der Vorleser The reade, Bernhard Schlink 1381 239 9643211703 1388 204 9789646082755 20 1958 Der Vorleser The reade, Bernhard Schlink 1381 239 9643211703 1388 204 9789646082755 20 1958

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