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2016 Classics Challenge: The Reader


Amy Davies - August 2nd, 2016

9780753804704 The ReaderAre you looking for your next book for the #2016ClassicsChallenge? Let us recommend The Reader by Bernhard Schlink . . .

Set in post-war Germany, The Reader opens with a chance meeting between fifteen-year-old Michael and Hanna, a woman more than twice his age. Before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. Then Hanna disappears.

Years later, as a law student observing the trial of a former concentration camp guard, Michael is shocked to realise that the person in the dock is Hanna. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense, and as Michael struggles to reconcile the image of the woman he loved with that of a war criminal, it emerges that Hanna is desperately concealing another deep secret . . .

A powerful, multi-layered novel exploring guilt, betrayal and forgiveness against the backdrop of the Holocaust, The Reader became a literary sensation following publication in 1997. Winner of the Hans Fallada Prize, an Oprah Winfrey book club pick and international bestseller, it was made into the Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet. Deeply moving, challenging and hopeful, it’s widely celebrated as a modern classic – and we have three copies to give away. To enter:


For more information on the 2016 Classics Challenge, head over to the Pretty Books blog and follow @theprettybooks on Twitter.

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