Title Profile & Character Information

The Reader

Annotation
For use in schools and libraries only. At age fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears. While observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime.

Awards
1997  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1998  Fisk Fiction Prize (Boston, Massachusetts)

Characters
NameBerg, Michael
GenderMale
OccupationCollege students

NameSchmitz, Hanna
GenderFemale
TraitIlliterate

GenrePsychological
Coming of age
Fiction
Cinematization
    --Movie
TopicsJewish Holocaust
Nazis
Love affairs
Obsessive love
Mysterious disappearances
Reunited lovers
War crimes
Trials
Secrets
Sexual awakening
Moral dilemmas
SettingGermany