The Reader

By Bernhard Schlink

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When 15-year-old Michael Berg meets Hannah Schmitz – a much older woman – in 1958 West Germany, they begin a love affair that will mark him for life. Told in three distinct parts, Schlink weaves a complex story of one country’s collective guilt – and the shaded zones existing between humanity and atrocity. A must-read.

Great for:

• Readers interested in the German reaction to WWII
• Anyone who enjoys exploring moral and ethical dilemmas
• Those who enjoy accessible prose that offers up complex ideas

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