Olga by Bernhard Schlink 260 pages

Bernhard Schlink, the German author best known for The Reader, describes first hand, second hand and through her letters, the life of Olga Rinke. Raised by a grandmother who didn’t love her, Olga falls in love with Herbert, and man with wanderlust whose parents and sister want him to marry a woman of his social class-a class Olga does not belong to. Through hard work, Olga becomes a teacher who teaches German students before during and after WWI.

Through skillful and creative writing, Olga becomes a realistic, multi-dimensional character. What Schlink’s novel lacks in dramatics, it makes up for in artistic nuances.

Olga by Bernhard Schlink 260 pages

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