Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review - The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

What if, You fall in love with a woman more than double your age? What if, she turns out to be a criminal? What would you do? What should you do? What is right? What is wrong?

Such is the story in this beautiful book where Michael, 15 our protagonist meets Hanna 36 and he falls in love with her. They make love and he reads to her. 

The book is divided in 3 parts each focusing on three different times in their lives. 

Michael meets and fall in love with Hanna. Who loves to hear him read to her hence the title. They spend time together and enjoy each other's company. They fight, make up and then fight some more. But then one day she is gone.

Michael sees Hanna again after many years as a criminal who is awaiting trial and he attends the trial as a law student. The book is full of sadness and love. Our hero struggles with himself and his love for Hanna in light of her crime. But can you ever forget your first love?

Michael continues to try to find meaning with his life and this love for Hanna and trying to find why she did what she did and her life as a Nazi.

I loved this book may be you would too.

My Ratings - 5/5
In Stars       - *****/*****

P.S. - This is part of First Reads Challenge 2014


  1. I have read a mystery by Bernhard Schlink from Gerhard Self series (Selbs Mord) and it was pretty good. The Reader, of course, I've heard a lot about. Your review says so much in such few words. Loved the scenario you've put forth in the beginning, makes me curious to try the book.

    1. Thanks Priya for appreciating the review. You should read the book it is that good.


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