Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Are They Serious? The Reader, the Movie

Inspired by Oprah, and my itch to learn German, I read Bernhard Schlink's Der Vorleser many years ago. It was the first of many Schlink novels I have read - he has a lovely lean German that makes it easy for a foreigner to read.
But I am astonished at the trailers for the movie version of the book.
Are they serious?
Kate Winslet as the female lead and Ralph Fiennes as the male? In the book, the woman is much older than the man, and this is a substantial part of the story. Mr. Fiennes seems to me intrinsically a lot older than Ms. Winslet. Do they make it work? I suppose I will know in a year or two.


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