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The Reader Summary
Bernhard Schlink

Everything you need to understand or teach The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.

  • The Reader Summary & Study Guide
  • 12 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 The Reader Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Reader Summary

Plot Summary

In 1958, Michael Berg is a middle-class, 15-year-old living in West Germany. As he is recovering from a prolonged illness, he meets a 38-year-old working-class woman, named Hanna Schmitz. Hanna quickly seduces Michael, and the two characters begin a relationship that lasts for several months. Michael begins regularly to visit Hanna at her apartment where they have sex. Hanna mentally dominates Michael and controls the relationship. Michael falls in love with Hanna, but the emotional attachment is not reciprocated. Upon Hanna's request Michael begins to read aloud to her on each of his visits. When Michael is not having sex with Hanna he attends school, develops friendships and infatuations, and otherwise behaves like a typical teenager. Then one day Hanna simply vanishes, and Michael is left feeling guilty and sickened by the strange end of the relationship.

Michael finishes high school and advances to university where he studies law...

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Study Pack

The The Reader Study Pack contains about 185 pages of study material in 13 products, including:

The Reader Study Guide

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The Reader Lesson Plans contain 157 pages of teaching material, including:

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