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The Reader
May 28, 2008, 2:25 am
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It took me more then one try to get into this one but once i made it past the first sex scene i was hooked. This story begins with an affair between a fifteen year old boy and a thirty something year old women and then doubles back to matters more serious and complex. If I knew this book was about the Holocaust at all, I wouldn’t have picked it up. But then I also went to Berlin without going to the Holocaust museum. And I’ve never seen Schindler’s List.

The Reader is able to address the Holocaust the same amount of distance and discomfort. The narrator is a German coming to terms with the action of his parents generation – a weight my Jewish American family can’t bear to acknowledge. My interest in German culture has always been more attuned to what German kids are like, rather then the country’s identity. This book lets you in and even uses the Holocaust to discuss more general themes like alienation, fate, and the moral responsibility in love. Sarah – you get it next!

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