Theatrical Thursday – The Reader (with review)

At the close of 2008 I watched many of the films that had been nominated for an academy award.  Not only those nominated for best picture but also some of the smaller awards like best actor and actress awards.  One of the movies was of course The Reader staring Kate Winslet.


I must say that I really enjoyed this film and because of my enjoyment of the film I wanted to read the novel once I found out it was based on a novel.  Then I heard from one of my co-workers that they read the novel and thought it was great I wanted to get my hands on this book even more than before.  So when I was last in Toronto (to see Spring Awakening: the Musical) I made a stop to Indigo at Eaton Center and found a copy of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader.

the-readerThe Reader

by Bernhard Schlink

genre: historical fiction

This book was so much better than the film.  I could just ramble on and on about how much I love this book I wont.  For those of you that don’t know the novel is about a boy and his sexual exploits with an older woman.  The woman’s past comes back to haunt the boy, who knew nothing of her past.  

The novel is a haunting portrayal of a woman full of secrets will to take a fall in order to hide a deep dark secret she wants nobody to know about.  It’s a quick read and once you begin reading it you’ll devour every page, savouring each word, paragraph, page and chapter like you would each course of a four course meal.

Don’t get me wrong the film is good but if you only do one or the other you should definitely take the book.  I know this is usually the case but there is so much more in the book than the movie.  Because the novel in so short there is no reason for any part of this book to be removed the film version.  I don’t understand why they took the bits out that they did.  Hollywood, I guess, just wants to keep us wondering why they do the things they do.

Others who have reviewed The Reader by Bernhard Schlink:

A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook delves deeper into the book than I did, so check it out if you want to know much more about the book

A blog I haven’t stumble upon before has presented a great review of this book.  booktin keeps the review short and sweet.

S. Krishna’s Books is another new blog for me.  I like that this is a well informed reader.

As usual if you would like your review added here just send me a quick email and I’ll be more than happy to add your review to the list.


Booking Through Thursday #31

Booking Through Thursday

Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.

Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500?

(And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)

This is a tough question.  According to my tax return (they are due this month in Canada as well) I should be getting a significant return.  Being a spender I’m trying to curb this habit of spending money as soon as it gets into my hands.  I’m also trying to be rather diligent in getting my TBR down to a manageable number, this is proving to be difficult as there are also more books I want to get my hands on.  

So an honest answer to this question would be I plan on putting this money into a savings account.  What a dull answer is this?  If I could do anything book related with this cash I think I’d go on a huge spending spree and get a large collection of new and used books as well other book type things like some great book ends.  

On the other hand what I would really like to do is make a trip to the SPCA and get a puppy that would be my little reading companion.  Nothing better than reading and having your dog laying beside you.  

Oh the dreams I have of spending this money…if only I wasn’t trying to be a responsible person.  Happy reading!