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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Flights of Love: Stories

But alas, overall this was okay. English Choose a language for shopping. Set up a giveaway. Notify me of new posts via email. I would recommend this to those looking for a quick read about love. See all 24 reviews. The cumulative effect is a book which uses effortlessly beguiling language to examine the universal human desire to find a lasting loving relationship, however thwarted that desire ultimately flightw.

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Or maybe it’s just because they were as boring as hell. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of his stories are based on real-life dramas that he witnessed, or read about, that evolved in a courtroom.

Another reader commented that it was as if two different authors wrote this collection and The Reader. But this is the way life is. He lives in Berlin and New York. I really loved this collection of longer short stories. Dec 18, Pages. I wasn’t excited about reading this to start with. You are commenting using your WordPress. German men are protagonists in each of them, with some traits in common: I thought it was a brilliant story, and I look forward to reading more by Schlink, including his nonfiction book of essays, Guilt about the Past.


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I stamped this with 3. 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. Can we still live with someone when we know them all too well, know even the worst that they are capable of? I was not disappointed.

An acrobatic philanderer one wife and two mistresses, all apparently sxhlink happy begins to crack under the weight of his abundance. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It is quite nice. bernhaed

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Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink

Schlink, as a German man who grew up in those same years in Germany seemed to be speaking directly to me. One od it can just go and desert us. Tilting at schhlink mythologies has been an obsession, whether they be myths of postwar absolution, an imperial past of “balls and waltzes”, or an idyllic Alpine homeland – beautifully parodied in Margit Schreiner’s “The Kargeralm Shepherd”, in which a rustic falls in “tragic love” with a sheep.

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Bernhard Schlink: Liebesfluchten (Flights of Love)

But the fact that he didn’t in the story made me quite satisfied. In “Girl With a Lizard”, a boy’s curiosity about a mysterious painting in his father’s possession leads him to question his wartime role. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. View Full Version of PW. All pose serious dilemmas, and many feature, like a good jurist, sifting through the facts, what is known, and only what might be reasonably surmised.


As memorable as The Reader. My favorite Schlink book. Circumcision was probably my favourite out of the 7 stories. 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.

My only complaint is that the short stories often end abruptly and leave me startled. Dec 27, Will rated it liked it. I had to explain what was going on, because Boyfriend was in the room with me giving me odd looks.

In his book, the Flights of Love, of seven short stories, while a bit uneven, he shows that he can relate tales of interest, bbernhard introspection, of intrigue, of self-deception, and generally can keep you flowing with his thoughts to the somewhat open-ended conclusions.