Friday, August 06, 2010

Another Book: R


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I read The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I had never paid much attention to what this book was about, and I was also pretty much oblivious when the movie came out -- so I had no pre-conceived notions.

I knew, vaguely, that this book was deep. So I thought it might be ponderously slow reading. It was not at all! It was captivating and quick reading. I started it yesterday evening and finished it today by noon. It's definitely a deep book, asking questions about moral dilemmas and making the reader think about how one should respond in many of life's conundrums, relationships, challenges, war-times and post-war. There is a lot of thought packed into this small book, and I'm glad I read it.

6 comments:

Jill said...

Ah, Carol - I LOVED the movie, and have started the book, but not finished it. I've heard the book is basically a screenplay for the movie. It was the final nudge I needed to become a literacy tutor. That movie stayed in my thoughts for weeks. Tough subjects, but so thoughtfully done. I found it a refreshing take on long-told WW2/Holocaust stories.

Carol E. said...

Nice insights, Jill. Thanks!

Mama Drama Times Two said...

I also loved the book and consumed it in a weekend last year. I couldn't bring myself to go see the movie when it came out, though. I liked the book way too much and didn't want to be disappointed with a Hollywood edit of such an amazing story.

AnnieO said...

Thanks for the positive review--it has been on my list, and I kind of saw part of the movie when I was in and out of the living room when my husband was watching it (but he had the sound too low for this deafo so I couldn't hear it!).

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Pattilou said...

Had hubby get this book while at the library last week. Yesterday was a perfect day to read and I finished it before the day was even half over. Had hubby read it so that we could discuss all the chacterizations. What a study of life and the experiences from living. So many events could have changed the outcome, but, as in life many times we don't see the whole picture until we step away and look at the whole piece. Thanks for the review--I would have never picked this book without someone's recommendation as I get overwhelmed at the library.