i read this for a college humanities class. i have to admit, that at first it was like..whoooaaa disturbing.. but in the end, i came to see it as a very powerful book that had a lot of meaning behind it..both regarding the relationships we have had and the mistakes we make (obviously the mistakes and the relationships in this book were more extreme than the norm..lol)
overall, it's a book everyone should check out. definitely makes you scratch your head...
spectacular...touches one at the core..try not to be judgemental reading it
Excellent choice of theme. You just can`t be lethargic afer you read it.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it. Unfortunately someone here on shelfari gave away a detail she shouldn't have, which I saw before I read it and thus knew was coming. Kind of put a damper on the whole book for me.
It was sad, and yes, disturbing, but a good read. I'm curious to check out the movie, but they are never as good as the book!
Do watch the movie -- Kate Winslet does a fine job for Hanna!
i admit the book was disturbing but completely engaging. it was such a sad, grave story. It also has like a moral issue in it.
what an amazing story. beautifully written.
Interesting discussions about this book at Adelaide book festival this year. One speaker (unfortunately forgot her name) taking the stance that to write anything that presents the perpetrators of the holocaust as in some way human is morally wrong. This is a fascinating debate - the nature of evil and whether we can (or should even try) to understand it. Inga Clendinnen's "Reading the Holocaust' presents some very powerful and, to me fascinating, insights into this debate. Schlink himself says the book is essentailly about how the second generation of Germans dealt with ( or didn't deal with) the revelations and of what occurred and the question of responsibility.
It was a book that kept my attention the entire time. A tragic love story that left me confused about wanting them to be together, and feeling at the same time it was not supposed to happen. The entire book tore at my heart.
I'm reading part 2 of the novel right now, but I still can't get why is Hanna in custody !!
Will someone please explain it ? I'm an egyptian & not at great knowledge with German Hitory !!
She was an officer at a concentration camp and was responsible for many deaths. This was all before she met Michael.