essentially, this book is a fictional memoirs of the post-war generation who had to deal with feelings of attachment, shame and guilt. the novel begins as a love-affair between a teenage boy and an older woman and soon turns into the philosophical search for truth and meaning. the key question that the book asks is 'what would you have done?' hanna represent the generation who took part in the war and michael is the young generation who has to decide whether to love the older generation and forgive, or to condemn them and isolate. despite the simplicity of the language used in the book, i found the narrative philosophically profound and engaging.