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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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.

Feb 09, Sarwat rated it liked it. Another character is fixated upon a mysterious painting of a woman, a painting that had been in the study of his now deceased father, but which he recalls as a source of uneasy undercurrents between his parents. Something in them doesn’t suit me and they generally leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction.

Let that be a testament as to this book’s dryness and my boredom. Schlink is possessed with hernhard coolly direct manner of interrogating the confused motives of the human heart. I was not disappointed. Schlink, in his unassuming, matter-of-fact way, weaves a collection of stories that involve such a non-obvious tenderness as to first surprise and then endear his reader. Schlink is a very different writer from Alois Hotschnig, and not just in subject matter.

Circumcision was probably my loove out of the 7 stories. The discontent they feel is simply a case of boredom most of the time.


Flights of Love : Bernhard Schlink :

In his book, the Flights of Love, of beernhard short stories, while a bit uneven, he shows that he can relate tales of interest, of introspection, of intrigue, of self-deception, and generally can keep you flowing with his thoughts to the somewhat open-ended conclusions. I won’t spoil any plot elements, so I’ll just mention that I find the final scene of “The Son” to be brilliant and moving, “Sugar Peas” completely unexpected, and “The Circumcision” a very compelling two-sided portrait.

I felt like this short story was giving Lisa excuses bernhzrd being a cheating wench.

My thoughts on “Girl with a Lizard”: Jan 10, Kaloyana rated it it was ok. All East-West stories were love stories, with the same expectations and disappointments.

This parodic stance has helped put many Austrian writers at odds with the state. Why do people do this? Yet my favourite two stories are more overtly political: Here are the descriptions of the seven stories: Much ado about nothing, in my opinion. I stamped this with 5 stars of course. The Woman on the Stairs: But Schlink saw it and wrote it bernhardd.

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It does NOT work so well in short stories. His stories very much anchored in reality, there are only flights of fancy in his stories, not flights into surrealistic landscapes. Nov 12, Pages Buy.

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Andi follows up with, “What would you say if I said I didn’t hold it against you that you are Jewish. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of But the fact that he didn’t in the story made me quite satisfied.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I really loved this collection of longer short stories. schlinj

Ships from and sold by Amazon. In the end, I gave this a 4. A man who set aside the political idealism of his lovd days for a career as an architect wakes up from the slumber of prosperous middle-aged family life to realize that ‘something was missing’. A boy’s deep curiosity about a mysterious painting of a girl with a lizard in his father’s possession leads him to question his role during the war.

Buy the selected items together This item: 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 svhlink in The Reader, where you had a whole book to learn about the characters and like them.

Ah, it is that deep ambivalence a man feels when an attractive woman choses him as a recipient of her pleasures only to realize that it is only a revenge f Start flightz Flights of Love: