A stunning examination of evil, this novel explores crime and punishment, love and guilt, dignity and degradation.
Deeply moving, sensitive enough to make me wince, a Holocaust novel, but light years away from the common run
Schlink's extraordinary novel The Reader is a compelling meditation on the connections between Germany's past and its present, dramatised with extreme emotional intelligence as the story of a relationship between the narrator and an older woman. It has won deserved praise across Europe for the tact and power with which it handles its material, both erotic and philosophical
Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart . . . a moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful work
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink is the German novel I have been waiting for: it objectifies the Holocaust and legitimately makes all mankind responsible
For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's The Reader
Haunting and unforgettable
[Schlink] explores the conflict between generations, wrestling with collective guilt and individual motivation. He examines the nature if understanding and tests the limits of forgiveness. He does these things with honesty, restraint and a moral precision both unsettling and rare. The result is as compelling as any thriller