As you know, I saw and enjoyed The Reader and I read and completely loved the book. I was happy to see that it got nominated for Best Picture in this year's Academy Awards. I hope that this will help many more people discover the book. I know that many people feel it was nominated instead of The Dark Knight and were disappointed by this. I have to say, though, I rewatched The Dark Knight the other day and as much I do really like that film, The Reader is just in a completely different league. Of course, it's now impossible for me to separate the book from the film and I feel the book is outstanding. I have no commentary on the nominees, because I haven't seen any of them.
Anyway, in honor of the nomination of The Reader and in light of my most recent Sunday Salon post, I wanted to share this quote from the book with you:
Because she knew nothing about the authors, she assumed they were contemporaries, unless something indicated this was obviously impossible. I was astonished at how much older literature can be read as if it were actually contemporary; to anyone ignorant of history, it would be easy to see ways of life in earlier times simply as ways of life in foreign countries.