The Portsmouth Book Club June Meetup - The Reader

Our June pick is The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. Here is a brief synopsis from Barnes and Noble of The Reader:

Set in postwar Germany, The Reader is a provocative, morally challenging, and deeply moving novel about a young boy's erotic awakening in a clandestine love affair with a mysterious older woman. Falling ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. For a time, the two become passionate lovers. Then, one day, Hanna disappears without a word. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael recognizes his former lover on the stand, accused of a hideous crime. And as he watches Hanna refuse to defend herself against the charges, Michael gradually realizes that she may be guarding a secret more shameful than murder.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    How wonderful to finally hear all the comments!

    June 10, 2009

  • Craig

    Not crazy about the book, but the ensuing discussions were very interesting. Lots of different opinions and perspectives on the character and the issues. Also the host site (McMenemy's) was a great location.

    June 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved hearing the different perspectives of this book. It was great to hear the insight from each person and there were so many good points that were brought to light.

    June 9, 2009

  • alan

    The group just chooses best sellers. Maybe they need to be more adventurous.

    June 9, 2009

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