The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

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“She was struggling, as she always had struggled, not to show what she could do but to hide what she couldn’t do. A life made up of advances that were actually frantic retreats and victories that were concealed defeats.”
“And if was not guilty because one cannot be guilty of betraying a criminal, then I was guilty of having loved a criminal.”

“For a long time I believed there must be a wealth of undiscovered treasure behind that uncommunicative manner, but later I wondered if there was anything behind it at all. Perhaps he has been full of emotions as a boy and a young man, and by giving them no outlet had allowed them over the years to wither and die.”

“In both places, the windows did not open the room to the world beyond, but framed and hung the world in it like a picture.”

“How could it be a comfort that the pain I went through because of my love for Hanna was, in a way, the fate of my generation, a German fate, and that it was only more difficult for me to evade, more difficult for me to manage than the others? All the same, it would have been good for me back then to be able to feel I was part of my generation.”

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