The Reader

The Reader

by

Bernhard Schlink

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Building on Bahnhofstrasse

The building on Bahnhofstrasse is the wide, balconied building not far from Michael’s street. The site of their affair and Hanna’s home, the building can be seen as a metaphor for Hanna herself…

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Cassette Tapes

Eight years into Hanna’s term in prison, Michael makes a series of cassette tapes of himself reading books aloud to her. The tapes are, in a way, a resurrection of their previous relationship, as…

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The Tea Tin

When Michael visits the Jewish woman to give her Hanna’s money, she tells him the story of how someone at the concentration camps had stolen her tea tin, which was full of her childhood…

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