Sixth Form Book group – ‘The Reader’ by Bernard Schlink
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12th December 2014

The Reader, Bernhard SchlinkOn Wednesday 2nd December 18 sixth form students and Miss Devlin travelled to Manchester High School for Girls to attend 6th Form Book group. The book being discussed was Bernhard Schlink’s ‘The Reader’. This proved to be a very interesting and thought-provoking novel. Topics discussed ranged from: the very nature of abuse and who was the true victim in the novel; audience perspective, how the book was received and adapted and the ethics behind Holocaust literature in general, does it perpetuate the abuse or serve as a fitting tribute?

In addition to the English students in attendance, some German students, who are studying it as their set text, also attended the session. They were able to give us great insight into the nature of translation and how even the translation of the title opens it up to all sorts of ambiguities.

Overall the book was very well received and everyone enjoyed the interesting discussion it stimulated.

The next book group will be discussing John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and will be held at Withington Girls’ School, the date is TBC so keep your eye out for a poster.

Please remember that book group is open to all sixth form students, not just those who study English.