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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Stories by Bernhard Schlink. A collection of stories that weave themselves around the idea of lovelove to seek and love bernhare flee; love as desire, as guilt, as confusion or self-betrayal; love as habit, as affair, and as life-changing rebellion.
From the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, here is a collection of stories that weave themselves around the idea of lovelove to seek and l A collection of stories that weave themselves around the idea of lovelove to seek and love to flee; love as desire, as guilt, as confusion or self-betrayal; love as habit, as affair, and as life-changing rebellion.
From the internationally best-selling author achlink The Reader, here is a collection of stories that weave themselves around the idea of lovelove to seek and love to flee; love as desire, as guilt, as confusion or self-betrayal; love as habit, as affair, and as life-changing rebellion. As his myriad fans know from The Reader, Bernhard Schlink’s power as a storyteller resides in his cool compassion and in the intelligence that he wields like a laser to penetrate human motives and human behavior.
Here his subject is schlinnk history but the heart itself, and with the forensic delicacy of a master he lays bare the essence of our feelings.
Already an bfrnhard success in the author’s native Germany, Flights of Love is certain to be celebrated, discussed, read and re-read. Hardcoverpages. Published October 2nd by Pantheon first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 25, Emma rated it it was amazing.
I have never really been one for short stories. Something in them doesn’t suit me and they generally leave flightts with a feeling of dissatisfaction. This collection, by Bernhard Schlink of The Reader fame, could not have made me feel more different. With the thread running through them all, these stories examines our shared, fundamental desire to find love but the many different forms that love, that one, lasting relationship can take.
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The characters leading these stories are all very different peop I have never really been one for short stories. The characters leading these stories are all very different people and yet Schlink is able to draw out this common fights in all of them whilst skilfully creating a range of atmoshperes and feelings for the reader.
Whilst some of the stories create empathy for the pain and guilt of its protagonists, others haunt and still schliink are shot through with almost wicked humour.
Of all of them, my lvoe to read was ‘Sugar Peas’ in which the rogue-ish Thomas takes himself off for a year, masquerading as a monk of the fictitious Order of St.
Thomas – vain sod!. He has worn himself out keeping three lives going at once: When a dreadful accident brings his escape to an end, his self-involvement and selfishness comes back to bite him and we are left in no doubt as to where the power now lies! The most effecting, however, is probably the story that concludes the collection – ‘The Woman at the Gas Station’. This story has such a well of sadness in it as the man in it is confronted by the fact that his life, which has been schlik together by the rituals and habits of a not unhappy marriage, has not made him happy when a long-held dream glights before him as a possible reality.
This story was a poignant note on which to end the collection, but I wished there had been more. Dec 27, Will rated it liked it. Picked this up because I wanted to get beyond the tortured obsessions of Homecoming, and Schlink is so highly thought of, I wondered whether I was being overly critical. Happily this collection of short stories is much better, although not uniformly.
But oh, god, are his characters ever so rational and reasonable, even at the height of their anger or despair! Surely somewhere in these seven stories someone would fly off the handle and say or do schlino they would later regret, flightts first weighing the consequences? Girl with Lizard This was a meh for me. Why choose a painting over real love?
Why do people do this? I wanted to slap all thr Girl with Lizard This was a meh for me. I wanted to slap all three of the characters; especially the husband and wife. I could see both sides of their argument. The ending surprised me! I had mixed feelings though…it seemed too easy. But alas, overall this was okay. I was annoyed a lot, but it was okay. The Other Man This was super sad! I felt so bad for the husband! I felt like this short story was giving Lisa excuses for being a cheating wench.
Especially the ending…man, I hated the ending. I must admit that it was an interesting way to look at story. Thomas needed a punch in the face and the 3 girls irked me to no end.
I loved the ending, because karma is a bitch and karma hates you Thomas. This one surely did give me lots of emotion, mainly anger, but lots of emotions.
It was certainly entertaining. There are 3 girls… three peas in a pod. In the end, I gave this a 4. The Circumcision The title certainly intrigued me. It confused me until the end…. I hated the girl, she was ignorant and I felt bad for the main guy.
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However, this was a great way to look at Judaism, Germans, and the Holocaust. The point this story makes is that prejudice can happen on both ends. The ending was perfect. I had to read it 3 times to truly realize what happened.
This book have me such emotion. I had to explain what was going on, because Boyfriend was in the room with me giving me odd looks. I stamped this with 5 stars of course. The Son This was a meh xchlink I skimmed until the last page. The last page made everything worth it for me.
It was super sad. I stamped this with 3. Woman at the Gas Station The ending made me sad even though I knew it was going to happen hint…the title. I was super hopeful, but not every relationship can be saved. In the end, a 3. Overall I enjoyed the writing style of this author. The short stories all showed in interesting take on love.
All the stories had to do with love and how sometimes it can burn you. I would recommend this to those looking for a quick read about love. After averaging out all the numbers, it comes to 2.
Jun 12, Grady rated it it was amazing. 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. 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.
One of the unifying elements in Schlink’s creative mind is examining how internalized perceptions, when maintained in the prison of an individual’s mind, can alter the manner in which we live through relationships, ways that could have been more constructive had communication of these altered perceptions occurred. 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.
If at times his writing seems detached or cold, I wonder how much of that is due to the fact that we are reading translations. Despite any of the negative points mentioned, here is a collection of short stories that merit attention and make us eager for the next full scale novel to come along.
Jan 24, Sudara rated it really liked it. I borrowed this book from my friend’s fiance. When my friend delivered it to me he said “this looks like a very boring book”. 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. But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing. It’s so beautiful that it always persuaded me to read more our of curiosity even if I knew the ending would not be surprising.
My friend’s fiance said his ending I borrowed this book from my friend’s fiance. My friend’s fiance said his endings need to be taken in with a pinch of salt and she is right. But this is the way life is.