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Un adolescente conoce a una mujer madura con la que inicia una relación amorosa. Antes de acostarse juntos, ella siempre le pide que le lea fragmentos de Goethe, Schiller& hasta que un día ella desaparece. Siete años después, el joven, que estudia derecho, acude al juicio de cinco mujeres acusadas de crímenes nazis y descubre que una de ellas es su antigua amante. Una deslumbrante novela sobre el amor, la culpa, el horror y la piedad.

Michael Berg tiene quince años. Un día, regresando a casa del colegio, empieza a encontrarse mal y una mujer acude en su ayuda. La mujer se llama Hanna y tiene treinta y seis años. Unas semanas después, el muchacho, agradecido, le lleva a su casa un ramo de flores. Éste será el principio de una relación erótica en la que, antes de amarse, ella siempre le pide a Michael que le lea en voz alta fragmentos de Schiller, Goethe, Tolstói, Dickens... El ritual se repite durante varios meses, hasta que un día Hanna desaparece sin dejar rastro. Siete años después, Michael, estudiante de Derecho, acude al juicio contra cinco mujeres acusadas de criminales de guerra nazis y de ser las responsables de la muerte de varias personas en el campo de concentración del que eran guardianas. Una de las acusadas es Hanna. Y Michael se debate entre los gratos recuerdos y la sed de justicia, trata de comprender qué llevó a Hanna a cometer esas atrocidades, trata de descubrir quién es en realidad la mujer a la que amó... Bernhard Schlink ha escrito una deslumbrante novela sobre el amor, el horro y la piedad; sobre las heridas abiertas de la historia; sobre una generación de alemanes perseguida por un pasado que no vivieron directamente, pero cuyas sombras se ciernen sobre ellos.

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Fecha de lanzamiento1 sept 1997
ISBN9788433933751
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Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor emeritus of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the The Reader, which became a multi-million copy international bestseller and an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and The Woman on the Stairs. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I really can't believe I read this book in one day. What an amazing story and an amazing writer. I loved it from beginning to end. It's a story about a young boy having a relationship with a much older woman. Later on when he sees her again, she is on trial in court. The ending suprised me and I did not see it coming. Excellent story and a must read.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    This was an amazing novel. From beginning to end, I was completely spell-bound by the story and the lens that Schlink weaves--to explore the world, his characters, and himself. It is a fine achievement and I think this is one of the best pieces of German literature that I have read in some time. The characters were instantly remarkable and each set scene had burdened tension, rife istability, and altering character arcs.Tremendous novel. Two thumbs up: recommended!
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    As an adult, Michael recounts and reflects upon his relationship with Hanna, a 40-year-old woman, when he was a mere 15. His memories include the surprising discovery of when she was on trial for her past involvement with the Nazi Party.I was absorbed in Michael's story from the first word until the very last. There was romance, philosophy, law and compelling writing that brought about many thoughts and questions. It's a memorable read. (4.25/5)Originally posted on: Thoughts of Joy
  • Calificación: 1 de 5 estrellas
    1/5
    Aside form the film adaptation, I only recall this one because for a while it was the worst book I had ever completed. I am unsure whether it still mantains that distinction
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    Extremely compelling basis for a novel - I only wish that it had been written by a more skilled author, who could have made this a masterpiece. As it is, it was a little clumsy, getting worse towards the end. Schlink is a "tell don't show" writer - which would have worked well with a lovelier writing style. Instead it's very plain and declarative - perhaps as an effect of the original German (or the translation). Think of the difference between Marquez and Coetzee: one writes subtly of plain things, the other writes plainly of subtle things. Schlink writes plainly of things which should have been subtler. What ambiguity remains is actually more frustrating than enticing. Like the fact that the narrator never clarifies the date of the first sequence, or that he never confirms whether he told the judge the truth or not. Both have clear answers which one can infer (1958; no he didn't) and on which the plot depends. It doesn't aid the novel in any way for those questions to be kept open, so it just feels like a case of clumsy exposition. With all that said - it was a short page-turner with a fundamentally fascinating premise. I only wish it could have been more.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    This book, it seemed to me, was a book of questions, none of which are really answered by protagonist or reader or author. It left me feeling sorry. For who and for what? I'm not quite sure. But I felt sorry and empty and full of questions that will inevitably just sit and go nowhere. It's a thinking book, a questioning book, and if you're okay with both of those, then by all means read it.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    It is a tragic story of lost innocence, guilt, and regret. Hanna is a mysterious older woman who becomes involved with a young, 15-year old boy named Michael. Michael is drawn in by Hanna's mystery and enjoys reading to her during their meetings. When Hanna appears again a few years later--to Michael's horror and surprise--she is not who he thought she was. Or was she? I miss this kind of story where the characters are mysterious and secretive and they never truly reveal their feelings throughout the story.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    loved it. absorbing
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    I somehow think this book is Fahrenheit 451 with Nazis. It tells the story of 15 year old Michael and his paramour Hanna. The twist Hanna can't read (not really a surprise). Hanna enjoys it when Michael reads to her. But wait she's a former Nazi guard. What do the two plot lines have to do with each other. . . not much except Hanna does not want people to know she cannot read. It was fairly obvious Hanna was going to be a former Nazi. It seems any book with a German character of the correct age always turns out to be a member of the SS. The romance seems forced at times but that may have been intentional. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There is no need to say more.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A book that appealed to me strongly even though I couldn't put my finger on exactly why. The "secret" isn't hard to guess, but I liked the way the book handles it, especially the shock of the protagonist at coming into contact with a historical event that seemed unconnected to his life. The book is fairly thoughtful about concepts of guilt and forgiveness.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    The book tells of the affair between a fifteen year old boy, Michael Berg, and an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, in post WWII Germany. But for Michael it is an unrequited love what Hanna really enjoys is hearing him read to her.One day Hanna just up sticks and disappears, Michael goes back to his former life but later finds out that Hanna was a concentration camp guard during the conflict and is to stand trial for her actions during that time. Hanna has another secret that she is willing to keep hidden from anyone at all costs, she is iliterate.On first impressions this seems like any young man's fantasy coming true, an affair with an older more experienced woman but later Michael learns that there is a price to pay for it in his future life and relationships. The author,Berhard Sclink, is a German law professor but at all times he keeps the language simple and accessible. At times it is childlike at others erotic without being salacious. However, this is a tale with many layers including guilt, betrayal and responsibilty. Prominent is the focus on the difference between the two generations. Just how much how should post WWII children view the actions of German non-combatants during the conflict. In particular were they blameless as to the terrible deeds perpetrated at the concentration camps or were they by omission equally guilty?How do the actions of the past affect those of the future and who should sit in judgment if all are equally guilty? This question was brought in sharp relief for me by the words of the car driver who gives Michael a lift when he asks whether be believed that the prison guards were cruel in their deeds or merely concientious of doing a good job?Personally I felt that it was a very thought provoking book but a had a few problems with it. Firstly the books that Michael chose to read to Hanna seemed far too mature for a fifteen year old boy and I was left unimpressed with the court portion. In particular I found it hard to rationalize that a person would rather be seen as guilty of war crimes rather than to admit to being iliterate. That said I did find it enjoyable and may even go and watch the movie adaptation. Something that I have tried to avoid in the past.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    After reading this (I never saw the movie) I couldn't understand what all the hub-bub was about over this story . . . much less why anyone would make it into a movie . . . wouldn't necessarily search this author out again.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    I wanted to like this book. However I found both Michael, the narrator and Hanna, the object of his obsession, both difficult to be that interested in. The book was well written with some beautiful descriptive passages but it was as if everything was seen through Michael's memories which seemed somewhat naive.Not one I would particularly recommend.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    I started reading this with the thought that I wasn't going to like it, that it would bore me. It did interest me and held my attention. My feeling on finishing it is one of sadness. I really didn't like how it ended. Such a waste of a life. Definitely a thought-provoking story.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    It seems like there's a lot packed into this short novel. It raises very important philosophical questions that Schlink's generation -- children of Nazis, Nazi sympathizers, and compatriots who looked the other way -- in Germany had to grapple with. What do they owe the outside world? What responsibility do they bear? How do they reconcile the parents they love with the crimes they committed? What reckoning is required in the courts and just as importantly in the cultural consciousness?But the novel doesn't answer any. If this had been a novel about emotional conflict, it would have been effective: here are these questions, here are the reasons I'm conflicted. But instead it's just ambivalent. It raises the questions only to give them little consideration and certainly no resolution or meaningful thought. It doesn't say anything. Or at least I could not determine what Schlink meant to say. There's one throwaway line about Hanna being "brutal" that you might think means something, but there are also numerous instances of him wanting to wipe away her crimes and culpability because she was illiterate (which is so dumb I can't even interact with that idea, honestly). You could see what you want to see in this novel (for instance, pedophiles who think Lolita glorifies the crime or teenagers who admire Patrick Bateman) but I could not see what Schlink meant except for ambivalence. It's an interesting book for readers to consider, but it isn't a meeting of the minds with the author, and that disappointed me.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I didn't read the back of this book, so I experienced it along with the narrator. It was beautiful and simple and a profound story. Of course, the sadness is part of the beauty.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    This is really a powerful, yet graphic book about Nazi Germany and the maturation process of a young boy. Michael, the protagonist, has an affair with a much older woman who eventually disappears from his life. As an adult, Michael comes face to face with the abandonment he faced as a child when the woman is put on trial for crimes she committed as Nazi concentration camp guard. The novel is a bit slow, but very well written.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    This story is from the vantage point of Michael, as he meets and become enthralled in an older woman, Hanna, and later, the discovery of what became of her and that everything was not as it had seemed. I can't imagine that Schlink's vivid descriptions and Michael's in-depth analyzing translated as well in the movie (though I haven't seen it, I can't imagine it being quite as good as the book). The style of writing, and perhaps the plot, to some small extent, remind me of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    A story about a 15-year old boy's brief, secret and intense affair with a much older woman, which marked him for life. What started out as a purely physical and obsessive daily encounter goes beyond the animal encounter of possession and subjugation and even acquires an element of romance when the boy begins to read literature to her. They do not share anything but these couple of blissful hours everyday, they do not share each other's stories. But the boy is 15, and there were other things in life which started to interest him. Yet he clings to her. Then one day she disappears. Devastation and guilt of his "denial" of her haunt him, and her memory relentlessly follows him.They meet again, many years after, he a student lawyer attending a trial, and she, a defendant. He finds out she was an SS guard, guilty of monstrous deeds. The story is fascinating and is written in lucid almost unfeeling prose, but i did not find it profound or compelling as many do. There was lack of character development -- one never gets into the skin or the mind of any of them. Also, I would have preferred if the author had explored the "secondary" theme of how the generation of Germans born after the Holocaust "dealt" with the generation of their parents and their collective guilt. There is also some disconnect in the story, such as why the woman would think the "shame" of her being found out to be illiterate justifies her self-destructive behavior. A so-so read for me.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Though it purports to be about a teenaged boy and his romance with a complicated older woman, this book is more about how the succeeding generations of Germans deal with the horrors of their Third Reich parents and grandparents. Michael Berg is a thoroughly introspective narrator, creating the feel of a memoir more than a novel. I found myself thinking about the characters and their choices long after finishing the last page. Recommended for those looking for a thought-provoking read.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    Not quite sure why I started this one, but I did enjoy it for the most part. It, at time, was difficult to understand-I would get a bit lost. But overall, I did care for it.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    I enjoyed this story but I am getting a bit tired of coming of age stories. Not sure why I suddenly seemed to be reading them it was definately not intentional. Well written.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    I can understand CarolsNotebooks view about not connecting to either of the characters, but I really connected to the Hanna character myself. When she left Michael, I really missed her - just like he did. I've never read a book that triggered the same emotional responses that this one did. A great read for me.