The book is set in Germany and Michael tells us his story. He is 15 when we first meet him and falls ill as he is walking home from school. Hanna who is in her 30’s stops to help him. When he has recovered he goes to find her and say thank you and they begin an affair.
Now this is where the book lost me. I felt so uncomfortable that this woman has seduced a 15-year-old, who is still a child. It turns out as you read the book that Hanna is illiterate. So it that supposed to make the affair alright?
I did finish the book and I have read some great reviews about it but it did nothing for me. I honestly didn’t care what happened to either Michael or Hanna.
The affair did end by the way. Although Michael meets up with Hanna in a court room in later life. She is on trial for crimes she committed in concentration camp and he is a law student. I won’t spoil it for you in case you want to read it.
I really fail at these reviews! Anyway please do check out the other’s who have a much better way with words. You can find them over at Lily’s blog. Also if any of you would like to join the book club feel free. It’s all done online so you don’t have to tidy your house or make tea 😉