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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I decided to go the generous route. I wasn’t excited about reading this to start with.

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As he puts it: And Schlink shows that, in each one of his short stories. There were no frills, no long and meandering descriptions. It’s difficult for me to rate the book as a single work.

Read it Forward Read it first. 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I would recommend this to those looking for a quick read about love. One’s life, emotion, and feeling may be explained; glights painting may take-on more meaning then anything else.

Also by Bernhard Schlink. For Jelinek, Austria is a “nation of criminals”.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The short stories all showed in interesting take on schlik. My only complaint is th This is a gem to read especially when traveling.

Thomas needed a punch in the face and the 3 girls irked me to no end. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “self.

Jun 12, Grady rated it it was amazing. Schlink is possessed with a coolly direct manner of interrogating the confused motives of the human flighys.


Flights of Love : Bernhard Schlink :

Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller. The clarity of Schlink’s vision and the calm eloquence with which it’s expressed make these tales classics of their genre. Some stories explore cultural identity in love relationships. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “sel Bernhard Schlink is a German flghts and writer.

He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January I was at first attracted by Schlink’s calm, clear prose. It was super sad. As Chalmers points out, postwar Austria has produced a plethora of exceptional writers, from Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke to Ingeborg Bachmann and Jelinek – who drew belated attention here through Michael Haneke’s film of her disquieting erotic novel, The Piano Teacher But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing.

Trivia About Flights of Love: While the settings are mainly berhnard Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country. 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. I wanted to slap all three of the characters; especially llove husband and wife.

Flights of Love

This parodic stance has helped put many Austrian writers at odds with the state. I stamped this with 3.

The rhythms of a man and woman together over decades, the early passions and intense lovemaking and exploration of each other’s inner worlds; the busy-ness of life They get beyond the argument, and Andi even decides, on a trip home to Heidelberg, to have a circumcision, because evidently he sees a future with Sarah and is tlights converting.


A man who set aside the political idealism of his student days for a career as an architect bernharf up from the slumber of prosperous middle-aged family life to realize that ‘something was missing’. Or the emotions and thoughts in us that can make it and can break it. Their strength depends on daily attention and openness Opinion was divided among critics and readers as to whether or not this author was playing on simplistic heart-string tuggings or whether he really had somthing new to say and an equal talent to say it.

A law professor pulls into becoming part of a team of observers sent to a troubled third world country and rekindles his relationship with his family.

In contrast to The Reader fllights 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. I feel in real life Thomas would have gotten away with it. I wanted to slap all thr Girl with Lizard This was a meh for me.

To view it, click here. I had to read it 3 times to truly realize what happened. Honestly I had my doubts when I started reading it as the story would go on with details but then the ending was not so dramatic or stunning as you usually get in fiction.

About Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller.