From the cradle to the grave, a human being is guided,driven, motivated or annihilated because of it. The movie ends with Michael driving Julia, his daughter, to Hanna's grave and telling her their story. What he can see is that we all make decisions that either hurt or harm other people and that the atrocities committed by his past generations are not as far outside the realm of understanding as he might have originally thought. This slim novel tells the story of an affair between 15 year-old Michael and the far-older Hanna, with whom he has an affair in West Germany in 1958. While reviews and reactions among readers are highly diverse and even contradictory, it should be read by as many people as possible and with the care the subject matter deserves.
The affair goes on for awhile. Will the children of my acquaintances, or my own, look at the lives of their parents with the same dismay as the so-called second generation of German children perceived their parents after 1945? The film's widest release was at 1,203 theaters on February 27, 2009, the weekend after the Oscar win for Kate Winslet. The adult Michael, a lawyer, at Heidelberg University law school in 1966. Kudos, too, to David Kross' acting as the young Michael Berg. I read the book this movie is based on about 10 years ago, and as I watched the movie, it came back to me. She was just doing the task at hand.
Most of the time, even if I don't like a book, I tend to understand why someone else picked it. It doesn't generate much heat, since both the main characters are constructed out of cardboard, with macaroni faces and yarn for hair. The experience of reading this book was like taking a train ride through a pleasant landscape: you mosey along comfortably, enjoying the view and the climate, settled and relaxed. Berg's memory of his first love would now become a question of his own morality. The Reader is a profound exposition of the 'second generation' issues concerning moral guilt for the Holocaust. Y al final, supongo, los he perdonado y entendido a los dos.
Why, when he asks whether she thinks about the past, he doesn't mean their past, but her own guilty history. It doesn't matter what I feel. Their performances are jaw-droppingly brilliant. I still can't believe that she hadn't won an Oscar, her first nomination was in 1995 with Sense and Sensibility. For Imre Kertesz, renowned author and Nobel laureate of 2002, there is no other topic.
He spends the next three months absent from school battling hepatitis. He does and, not long after, inside a flat lined with hanging nylons and clutter, she orders the boy out of his clothes and into the tub, before opening a towel and her legs to him. Schlink acknowledges that he has been criticised for not unambiguously condemning Hanna. Here, Hanna's sins - both the carnal as well as the homicidal - are linked with getting stories read to her; so, unusually, is her redemption in the last part of the book. Hanna is one of the defendants.
I just prefer interesting and complex characters, an engaging plot, relationships I care about. It starts out focused on the erotic relationship between a 15-year-old and a woman twice his age before turning into a wordy, wrenching drama about guilt, shame, and responsibility. Up until that big reveal, Hanna had not been a sympathetic nor an understandable character. It becomes his obligation to let the truth come out, despite the activities she partook in during the Holocaust. If he'll read his books of literature to her, she'll please him sexually. There are so many layers to this subtly complex novel that having just finished it, I have to start it again.
Guilt, actually, is a recurring theme in the novel: Hanna is guilty of war crimes, Michael is guilty for betrayal plus he feels guilty for having loved Hanna and asks himself if that mak I have the feeling there's more than one way of looking at this book. Several writers noted that her success seemed to have made real her appearance in the comedy , in which she of herself desperate to win an Academy Award. But years later, when she is prison, she begins to read all she can about the Holocaust. And yet, now that he knows her past, does he really know how her past came to be? Finally after 14 long years, she finally won the coveted award with the movie The Reader. Pay back for the hurt that she has caused? The Soviet Union functioned for years because people went along. As 'that guard', what should Hanna have done? For a summer, the two carry on a secret, illicit affair, wherein the woman introduces the boy to the joys of physical love, while he reciprocates by reading the classics to her between bouts of passionate lovemaking.
There are dozens of reasons I'll pick up a particular title: I like the author; I like the subject matter; the book is an award winner; the book comes with many trusted recommendations; I was supposed to read the book in high school and I feel guilty because I played Goldeneye on my N64 instead. Pero ésto no es lo más importante de la historia. Yet in terms of attracting a mass audience, something that Schlink has clearly done, this German novel with illiteracy at its heart published back in the mid-90's, has been a phenomenon amongst readers. If you have not seen the movie or if you have not heard to plot synopsis please take my word for it, this movie is powerful, it may shake you to the core. Michael then realizes Hanna's secret: she is illiterate, a fact she has been concealing all her life.
And yet hope hides in a corner. The Reader tries to do a little of both, and ends up a big, dull, intellecutally-insulting dud. It captures both the fascination Michael feels with Hannah, and his disbelief, even disgust while exploring the ugly truth about her past. It's a struggle, to be sure, but one that helps make The Reader one of the most impacting books I've yet read. This movie poses many glitches of relationships. The story is narrated by Michael Berg, as told through a series of flashbacks, beginning with when they first met in 1958. I was dumbfounded with numerous questions of our social structures and be-wilderness of human natures.
I also couldn't help but feel disgusted at the things taking place in the first part of the book, and I wish the problematic aspects were explored further, instead of just brushing upon the issue later on. Yet we have to admit sooner or later, that we were wrong, or were we? Her bitter, cold attitude, random behavior as well as her past history seems unjustifiable and deplorable. Outrageously, Hanna is a victim too, because she took the guard job only to hide her illiteracy, as if illiteracy were an excuse for barbarism. It is well-crafted, well-played, believable, at times even beautiful. Berg has grown some and is a college man, studying to be a lawyer, when he catches sight of Hanna Schmitz again.