Since I have a pile of books that I've read recently I'm going to give away ANOTHER book! A few book club meetings ago everyone was talking about The Reader. It wasn't a book club selection but everyone thought it was interesting so I picked it up. The movie was out and Kate Winslet had just won awards for her role in it. I didn't make it to the movies to see it but I will watch it when it comes out on DVD. All I knew about the book was, well nothing really lol. So I went into it with a blank slate.
Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 1999: Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust? "We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable.... Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose?"
I thought this was a very interesting book! Probably not something I would have just picked up on my own but I'm glad I read it. I'll pick a winner on WEDNESDAY. Just leave a comment.Pin It