The Reader

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或許 Hannah 只是個隱喻或象徵,但是在 Michael 和 Hannah 之間卻不只有肉體歡愉或愛情。

全書中最關鍵一句是:

And if I was not guilty because one cannot be guilty of betraying a criminal, then I was guilty of having loved a criminal.

表面上是說 Michael 對 Hannah 的愛情超越了道德界線,但結合審判背景,一直覺得這是二戰後德國年輕人對自己國家於戰爭期間所犯違反人道諸多罪行的愛恨交織。

作者是法學教授和法官,二戰期間許多猶太人是他們親手判決有罪,並送進集中營和毒氣室。但是戰後除少數受到審判外,多數仍保有相當高的社會地位和受尊崇。對此,作者或許想透過此作品表達他們戰後一代的內心複雜感受吧。

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