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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernhard Schlink Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mother's unwavering—but shaky—history and the possibility of finding his missing father after all these years. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States, and back: finding witnesses, falling in and out of love, chasing fragments of a story and a person who may or may not exist. Within a maze of reinvented identities, Peter pieces together a portrait of a man who uses words as one might use a change of clothing, as he assumes a new guise in any given situation simply to stay alive.

The chase leads Peter to New York City, where he hopes to find the real person behind the disguises. Operating under an assumed identity of his own, Peter unravels the secrets surrounding Columbia University's celebrated political science professor and best-selling author John de Baur, who is known for his incendiary philosophy and the charismatic rapport he has with his students. Terrifying mind games challenge Peter's ability to bring to light the truth surrounding his family history while still holding on to the love of a woman who promises a new life, free of lies and deceit.

Homecoming is a story of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nuit | 2/16/2014

    " Gripping, tense, spare, and frustrating at times -- especially a long section about the protagonist's adventures in the US that could have been felicitously edited. The book leaves you with many questions about 'home-coming' - personal, ethical, historical - that transcends the particular context of post war Germany. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/15/2014

    " I like Schinks books; it is just that I do not remember them in a month or two. They capture your attention, but you'll not re-read them; they are like one night stand-exiting, but not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Al | 2/9/2014

    " Mildly interesting but likely to be more appealing to German/Eastern European readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/6/2014

    " This is the second Schlink book I read this summer. I think I liked "The Reader" a bit better, but this one had a lot to say about struggling through life, looking for patterns in existence (which I think many of us do). I got lost in the middle of the book, then found my way home at the end. "

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