Forse se non avessi visto prima il film avrei apprezzato di più il libro.
Ma in molti punti l'ho trovato decisamente noioso.
A fifteen-year-old boy, Michael Berg, falls in love with a woman twice his age, Hanna. He loves her. She loves him. It seems like an unbelievable love story, but in fact, they have their own difficulties that they do not want to share with any.
Hanna who turns out is a guardian in a concentration camp during the Third Reich. She is described as a brutal, hardened, and ruthless guard by others during the trial. To herself, she says nothing to others’ opinions. She refuses to defence for herself. She is always quiet and emotionless. It seems like there would be nothing could stir her up, except Michael. She especially loves to listen to Michael reading to her. She would be content. She would get angry if Michael left without telling her ahead (a note doesn’t count). She, Hanna, has feeling when she faces Michael.
Michael, on the other hand, is puzzled about Hanna’s behaviors when he sees her on the trial. However, Michael’s personality is similar as Hanna. He is quiet as well. He has friends and girlfriend. He even ends up got married and has a daughter. Yet, he has the difficulty to love someone from his heart. He does not know how to love a person other than Hanna. Every girl he has encountered, he would compare them with Hanna. The smell of Hanna, the touch of Hanna, the figure of Hanna, and the voice of Hanna are deeply rooted in his mind. He feels that he had betrayed Hanna when he was in school hanging out with school friends without telling them his love affair with Hanna. He carries the guilt with him.
As an illiteracy, Hanna keeps trying to hide her secret in her whole life until the last years in prison. Her apathy, in my personal opinion, may due to her ignorance, her lack of knowledge, and her background. She does not notice her doing is brutal to others. What she had done during the Third Reich may simply follow the rules. It is possible that when a person does not recognize a word, she may refuse to receive information through any ways. She may not notice that her country is trying to slaughter Jews. (Yes, I believe that is possible one could refuse to receive a piece of information which is well-know by all over the world.) She does not feel guilty at all. She only feels shame. The fact that she can not read and write is the shame she would hide for her whole life. Her simplicity and ignorance cause her into jail for over thirty years. Yet, she says nothing about it. It would not be better outside the jail, she may think so. It makes no difference to her. However, Michael is another case. He struggles in his own life. He carries Hanna with him. He feels guilty. He believes that he betrays Hanna and he is responsible for this. He, as a second generation of holocaust, has to face the pain, the history, and the responsibility of his country. He does not explicit his feeling, but rather wonder why Hanna would be such cruel figure. My guess that why Michael would be so confused and struggle all over his life is that he does not agree with the holocaust happened in his country. He as a German citizen has the responsibility to face the history that his father’s generation made. It may be difficult to imagine a second generation German citizen to cope with the pain that last generation had caused. Especially they have to carry their names with them forever. All the people who are familiar with the holocaust would recognize the names once they appear in any situations. People would judge them, ask them questions, and even worse, hate them. Though the pain would wane, the second generation could not escape the shadow that their father’s generation had caused to them. They have to find a way to face themselves, the society, the pain, and the history. Michael may relieve at the end of book when he decides to wirte his story. Though he could not surmount his guilt, he finds a way to live with it in the end....Continua