When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime.
What starts as a story of forbidden love The Reader builds into a much more important subject, for which Schlink has received international praise in his handling of it.
I found this novel deeply moving and introspective. Ultimately, we all play our part in turning away from the issues happening in our own times.
“There’s no need to talk about it, because the truth of what one says lies in what one does.”
GENRE: Historical fiction