BOOK IN FOCUS BY: NADA SOLIMAN
T his month, I read a book set in one of my favourite historical times; post WWII. There are many books written about this period but nothing as captivating as The Reader (1995).
This International Bestseller was written by German author and law professor, Bernhard Schlink, winner of many awards and author of countless well-known titles which were translated into numerous languages. His best known books include Flights of Love (2000), Self’s Murder (2001), Homecoming (2006) and The Weekend (2008). Bernhard is also a former judge and he lives in Berlin.
The story takes place in Germany, post WWII and the Holocaust. The Reader (1995) is the story of the relationship between a narrator and an older woman. It captures Germany’s past and its present and also the generations that came before and after the war.
Once I’d read the book and before writing my review, I did a bit of research on both the author and the book and discovered that the story had been made into a movie under the same name. It starred Kate Winslet (in an Academy Award winning role), Ralph Fiennes and David Kross. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I know I have to! For those of you who are dreading the idea of reading a WWII book, I assure you, it’s a quick read of only 200 pages (12 chapters). It’s a mesmerizing novel of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.