“An erotic love story with the aftermath of the holocaust serving as the background” would be the ideal way to describe the novel “The Reader” written by German author Bernhard Schlink. This novel translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway sensitively tells an extremely sensual love story between a teenage boy and a middle aged woman.
THE PLOT OF THIS NOVEL
The plot of this sensitively written novel set in Zurich in a post-Nazi world begins with a 15-year-old boy Michael Berg who happens to suffer from a bout of hepatitis and while on his way home from school is given a helping hand by a middle aged woman who happens to work as a tram conductor called Frau Schmitz. This chance encounter then leads to a passionate physically intimate, and intense affair. It is during this affair that Schmitz encourages Michael to entertain her via reading books related to literature he has been studying in school. Unfortunately, though this passionate affair does not last long and Schmitz abruptly ends the relationship without saying a word to Michael. The rest of this fascinating novel deals with the “holocaust” and its effect on its perpetrators as well on its survivors. Above all, the true essence of this novel though lies in the revelation of the “truth” behind why Frau was insistent on Michael reading books to her rather than she reading them herself.
WRITING STYLE, LANGUAGE, AND TONE USED BY THE AUTHOR
To begin with one must understand that this novel has originally been written in the German language which has then been translated into English by Janeway. The language used by the translator in the translation is extremely simplistic and fluent which makes for a crisp read . The telling of they story through the eyes of Michael is essentially the style and tone used by novelist which is extremely intriguing and as a result engages the reader. Furthermore, it is the use of the “secret”(i.e. a truth Schmitz has not revealed for years) by the novelist that gives the novel a much needed “twist”, and as a result makes it an interesting and extremely compelling read. In addition, the fact that powerful human emotions such as “guilt and redemption” have been dealt in this novel by the author with great finesse, is also what makes this novel a must read for passionate readers from around the globe.
Overall, this German novel written by Schlink and translated by Janeway is an extremely engaging and rare novel that captures the essence of powerful human emotions such as love, guilt, and redemption using the unfortunate “holocaust” tragedy as its backdrop.
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