What's the Difference between The Reader the Book and The Reader the Movie?


The Reader

Released: 1995
Author: Bernhard Schlink

The Reader

Released: 2008
Director: Stephen Daldry
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In the Book In the Movie
Hanna Schmitz
Hanna Schmitz
Portrayed by: Kate Winslet
Michael Berg
Michael Berg
Portrayed by: David Cross
Michael Berg (grown-up)
Michael Berg (grown-up)
Portrayed by: Ralph Fiennes
The Reader Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Michael contracts hepatitis and misses 3 months of school. He has scarlet fever.
   When Hanna learned to read, she asked the warden to order books about the concentration camps. She read books by Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, Tadeusz Borowski, the autobiography of Rudolf Hoess. She also read books on women in the camps, both prisoners and guards. We don't see what type of books she reads.
   Michael gets advice from his father about what he should do regarding Hanna's trial. This is not included.
   Michael made two trips to the Struthof-Natzweiler concentration camp. He took only one trip to Auschwitz.
   The book begins with Micheal getting sick in the street. The movie begins with Michael as an adult after a women has spent the night with him.
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