Peter Dabauer's determined search for an author and the ending of a book marks the starting point for his own literary journey, but his answers yield only more questions in Schlink's new novel. Dabauer's life symbolically resembles the book's exploits while he is further befuddled by increasing discoveries about his own path and its connection to the potential author. Like all quests, his is not particularly linear and he is often interrupted by his own present-day tribulations. Paul Michael keeps readers enthralled with a soft and mellow voice that connects words and sentences fluidly. He instills Dabauer's first-person tone with a light Germanic accent, which personalizes Dabauer to listeners. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 15, 2007). (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Such themes as family, identity, and belonging are central to Schlink's leisurely, meditative novel. Peter Debauer grows up in postwar Germany thinking his Swiss father is dead. As a boy he becomes obsessed by a novel published by his grandparents, about a prisoner of war's struggle to return home. The man's predicament foreshadows events in Peter's life, with unexpected consequences. As in his masterpiece, The Reader, Schlink explores questions of guilt and responsibility. Though Homecoming does not have quite the same emotional impact as the earlier novel, Paul Michael, employing a slight German accent, gives it an excellent, heartfelt reading. Recommended for all collections. [This is Schlink's first novel since The Reader, an international best seller published here in 1997 and an Oprah Book Club selection in 1999; his story collection Flights of Love appeared in 2001.--Ed.]--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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