THE READER by Bernhard Schlink

THE READER

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Reader ($20.00; June 1997; 224 pp.; 0-679-44279-0): A compact portrayal of a teenaged German boy's love affair with an emotionally remote older woman, and the troubled consequence of his discovery of who she really is and why she simultaneously needed him and rejected him. Seven years after their intimacy, university student Michael Berg accidentally learns that (now) 40ish Hannah Schmitz had concealed from him a past that reaches back to Auschwitz and had burdened her with nightmares from which her young lover was powerless to awaken her. Toward its climax, the novel becomes, fitfully, frustratingly abstract, but on balance this is a gripping psychological study that moves skillfully toward its surprising and moving conclusion.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-679-44279-0
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Pantheon
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1997




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