A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental , elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships. 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. Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink, trans John E Woods pp, Weidenfeld, £ Beneath Black Stars: Contemporary Austrian Fiction.

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The last page made everything worth flkghts for me. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the first three stories, though they are interesting, but I very much appreciated the last four.

In one evry powerful passage, Sarah says something to the effect of, “I try not to hold it against you that you’re German.

Sounds simple, but the way Schlink uses this tool to alter his characters reaction to not only each other but to everyone and everything in their lives is touching and rings true. They get beyond the argument, and Andi even decides, on a trip home to Heidelberg, to have a circumcision, because evidently schkink sees a future with Sarah and is considering converting.

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I wonder what was the time frame when the author wrote these stories. Sometime that person gives you a gift–through all the mixed anger and passion–you learn more about yourself in a way you never understood before. Mar 22, Skeletonized rated it it was amazing. Andi, a German living in New York, resolves to be circumcised to save his llove relationship with a Jewish woman, Sarah. In his characteristically unsentimental, elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships haunted by betrayal and guilt, in situations where self-examination is shclink.

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. I felt like this short story was giving Lisa excuses for being a cheating wench. From the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, here is a collection of stories that weave themselves around the idea of lovelove to sch,ink and love to flee; love as desire, as guilt, as confusion or self-betrayal; love as habit, as affair, and as life-changing rebellion.


Whilst some of the stories create empathy for the pain and guilt of its protagonists, others haunt and still others are shot through with almost wicked humour. Nov 12, Pages Buy. Sep 04, Kristine rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Preview — Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink. Even though almost every story was 50 pages long, I never understood the characters or their motivations to like them, let alone understand them.

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Just as Bernhard refused to allow his plays to be performed in the country after his death, Jelinek has barred hers from the Austrian stage for as long as the Freedom party – of which Haider is de facto leader – shares power. Schlink extends his range, with moderate success, to relations between east and west, or between men and women.

The short stories all showed in interesting take on love. 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.

I have never really been one for short stories.

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Jun 12, Grady rated it it was amazing. Because they were longer, they weren’t just a snapshot of characters and their lives, but more of a collection of snapshots. Open Preview See a Problem? Most don’t understand the burden and cold gift that vengeance can be.

It was certainly entertaining. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. What about all those years of things not said Want to Flihhts Currently Reading Read.

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I stamped this with 3. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. A mesmeric collection of stories about love. The most effecting, however, is probably the story that concludes the collection – ‘The Woman at the Gas Station’.

The point this story makes is that prejudice can happen on both ends. Book ratings by Goodreads. I really loved this collection of longer short 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. Overall, I’d say that this was an alright book with some pretty decent stories. Their strength depends on daily attention and openness Both Schlink and Sebald were born in”beneath black stars”, in the imagery of Heimito von Doderer’s tale of collusion and defiance in Nazi-ruled Vienna.

All stories were long 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 and writer Bernhard Schlink, famed for his novel The Readerand I must say that it was a simple collection of short stories dlights nobody can deny the fact that bernhagd story brings out strong message.

The clarity of Schlink’s vision and the calm eloquence with which it’s expressed make these tales classics of their genre. It has its own free will.

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