Monday, September 10, 2012
I also read two books that were "serious" reads. The Reader by Bernard Schlink was a short book but compelling. It is definitely for adult readers as it tells the story of a young man who is lured into an affair with a woman who is 20 years his senior. Set in Germany in the late 50s, 15 year old Michael meets Hanna and his life will never be the same. During the affair with a woman old enough to be his mother, Michael finds that one way to get to Hanna's soul is through reading. He reads many books to her over the year of their affair. It takes Michael a while to realize that Hanna is illiterate. One day Hanna vanishes and Michael moves on with his life. He is a law student when he comes in contact with Hanna again. She is on trial for War Crimes. Hanna had been a guard at one of the Nazi concentration camps and she must pay for her cruelty in allowing a large group of women to die in a fire. Michael cannot believe that the same Hanna he loved was capable of this crime. It is a book that will make you think about life and the decisions that some people make that will alter the course of their lives.
Lastly, I read Clover Adams by Natalie Dykstra. I have always enjoyed biographies and this one looked interesting. It is the story of a young woman who was married to Henry Adams, grandson of John Quincy Adams. Clover's real name was Marian Hooper Adams but her mother gave her the nickname, Clover,(her lucky child) as she was born after Mrs Hooper had been quite ill. Born to wealth an priviledge, enjoying all that the world had to offer, Clover suffered from a melancholia that had plagued the Hooper family. Clover Adams in an interesting look at life among the wealthy Boston Brahmin just after the Civil War.
It will probably be quite a while before I read six books in one week again but it was fun while it lasted!