Some speak about a "German Autumn". Several of its members went to jail, some got pardoned, many women got involved. I would recall the Ulrike Meinhof case, still mysterious as to the causes of her hanging while in jail. In the organization was dismantled. Before reading the book I watched an interview given by Schlink.
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Some speak about a "German Autumn". Several of its members went to jail, some got pardoned, many women got involved. I would recall the Ulrike Meinhof case, still mysterious as to the causes of her hanging while in jail. In the organization was dismantled.
Before reading the book I watched an interview given by Schlink. He pondered on "being German" as problematic, his generation "being raised in the shadow of the 3rd Reich and the war". They will try to recall how it was 30 years ago. We shall read about the inner life of each of them and how they will interact. She invited old friends for a weekend in a rural village house.
She bought the house with Margerete. While on the way, Christiane notices her brother has changed: his slow walk, his big belly, his wrinkles. Finally, at the rural old house.
Ilse, the timid teacher. She took three days off. She teaches English, German and the Arts. She never married. Ilse started writing. Her story is about a character named Jan, about his funera and his family and the question: is he still alive? Henner, the journalist for magazines like Stern and Spiegel and the newspapers.
He had been in love with Christine, years ago Intelligent Karin, who became a bishop. Fatty Margarete witnesses the arrival of short Ulrich, his wife and daughter Dorle. Ulrich is a prosthetic dentist. Or, in fact, is Jan living a new life? Friends meet and talk. Ulrich speaks about his first dental prosthetic. Henner about his first article. Ilse on her first class. Andreas about his first lawsuit. Kari on her first preaching.
BUT…at the table, Ulrich is merciless. How was your life in prison? More than twenty years in prison…charged with terrorism! How was the cell life, the sleep deprivation, the forced feeding, the spanking…the bunker prison cell. He went to bed…he even expelled from his bedroom young Dorle…who tried some advances on him. He cried. What job for him? She takes cortisone; every night she wakes up due to pains in the heap.
She had escaped from East Germany; then she returned and found it strange. She wonders about becoming isolated; all those topics pardoning terrorists, the RAF…the German Autumn are sick. Once she was different: she was outgoing, open to new contacts…in fact needing it.
Five victims! He wants to know about its architectural history. He calls father a Nazi. Ilse has concluded her thriller. Friends start leaving after a team-work: the cellar had been flooded by water and they all cooperated emptying it with buckets; a hand-to-hand work. Margarete and Christiane are happy seeing them, coordinating the moves.
Ferdinand had a short love affair with Dorle. Margerete and Henner are lovers, now. Thence my 3 stars.
His mother, Irmgard, had been a theology student of his father, whom she married in In , he became a professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at Heidelberg University, where he would serve until his retirement in Over the course of four decades Edmund Schlink became one of the most famous and influential Lutheran theologians in the world and a key participant in the modern Ecumenical Movement. He retired in January He worked as a scientific assistant at the Universities of Darmstadt , Bielefeld and Freiburg. In , he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a novel about a teenager who has an affair with a woman in her thirties who suddenly vanishes but whom he meets again as a law student when visiting a trial about war crimes. The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages.