THE characters in ”Flights of Love,” Bernhard Schlink’s first collection of stories, are not the kind of men you expect to be defined by love, much. A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental , elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships. Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink, trans John E Woods pp, Weidenfeld, £ Beneath Black Stars: Contemporary Austrian Fiction.

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Schlink extends his range, with moderate success, to relations between east and west, or between men and women. Sep 15, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: Not everyone has happy endings or dramatic stunning ones. The anointment by Oprah Winfrey of Bernhard Schlink’s previous novel, The Reader, offered yet more proof to timid publishers that translation is no barrier to bestseller status.

Sad but worth the agony. What about all those years of things not said Their strength depends on daily attention and openness This site uses cookies. The Best Books of It confused me until the end….

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Discover what to read next. Andi, a German living in New York, resolves to be circumcised to save his ailing relationship with a Jewish woman, Sarah. There were no frills, no long and meandering descriptions. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

In contrast to The Reader ‘s faith in “bourgeois culture”, this volume expresses a profound mistrust of language – “my most intimate confidante, the sweet German language”, in Elfriede Jelinek’s words – through a wealth of experimental prose. Some are compassionate and some shocking.

Bernard Schlink is a remarkably fine story teller. Schlink is very consistent in his worldview and in the way in which he tells a tale. You will also get some surprising and very unsentimental reflections on love, both in the abstract and as it plays out in the lives of his characters.


As he puts it: I also loved that the author writes like Hemingyway; there is so much beneath the surface that adds to the characters’ richness.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. It shouldn’t’ve taken me almost 3 weeks to read a page book when if I really like a story I can re I really liked Schlink’s dry writing style in The Reader, where you had a whole book to learn about the characters and like them.

You never forget them and your love remains. Refresh and bernhsrd again. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The characters leading these stories are all very different people and yet Schlink is able to draw out this common need in all of them whilst skilfully creating a range llve atmoshperes and feelings for the reader.

For some, in the end, it all falters; the anger tightens and weakly breaks.

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I wanted to slap all three of the characters; especially the husband and wife. I felt so bad for the husband! I am an unabashed admirer of his work. His characters-men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception-are uneasily bernhaed between the desire for love and the impulse bfrnhard flight.

I was not disappointed. I felt this is what Bernhard was trying to show in his stories. Schlink’s latest volume of stories, Flights of Love, together with Martin Chalmers’s richly varied Austrian anthology, Beneath Black Stars, suggest that the legacy of the Third Reich still haunts German-language literature. In one evry powerful passage, Sarah says something to the effect of, “I try not to hold it against you that you’re German.

Flights of Love: Stories

All stories were fligghts to cover the deeper meaning of love but short enough to keep it interesting as the author gave additional historical perspective of not only the Holocaust but also the typical lives of the people living in the Eastern and We I just finished reading Flights of Love by German lawyer schllink writer Bernhard Schlink, famed for his novel The Readerand I must say that it was a simple collection of short stories but nobody can deny the fact that each story brings out strong message.


Jun 12, Grady rated it it was amazing.

The short stories all showed in interesting take on love. Can we still live with someone when we know them all too well, know even the worst that they are capable of? He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt Flighgs of Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Or was it simply part of the booty confiscated from Jews being sent on that long train ride?

Bernhard Schlink: Liebesfluchten (Flights of Love) – findingtimetowrite

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing. Thanks for telling us about off problem. This book of seven short stories, while a bit uneven, at least shows that the author can relate tales of interest, of introspection, of intrique, and in general can keep his reader flowing with his thoughts to the somewhat open-ended conclusions.

Nov 02, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: I found The Reader mesmerizing, insightful and deeply moving. The shadow of the Holocaust prevents a man from experiencing love in “Girl with Lizard” and bewilders another young man in “The Circumcision,” whose title threatens to remove suspense, but Schlink adds a quietly devastating twist at the end.

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