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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An unremarkable book of short stories, full of unremarkable and in most cases, unlikable characters.

They meet and fall in love, and explore all the problems that a German-Jewish couple faces. C’est un recueil de nouvelles. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. However, this was a great way to look at Judaism, Germans, and the Holocaust. All those aspects of life we can see so well in retrospect The Son This was a meh and I skimmed until the last page.

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Flights of Love

Some stories explore cultural identity in love relationships. Andi, a German living in New York, resolves to be circumcised to save his ailing relationship with a Jewish woman, Sarah. Schlink shows us in turn love as desire, love as confusion, love as a quick affair, love as a drastic life-changing rebellion, love as a force of habit, love as self-betrayal. 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.


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 However, when he gets back, not only does Sarah not notice, but she doesn’t even understand the significance once he tells her.

It was certainly entertaining. I was at first attracted by Schlink’s calm, clear prose. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I hated the girl, she was ignorant and I felt bad for the main guy. The story of a man from West Germany and his friendship with a couple from the East, which falls apart after Berlin Wall’s downfall, revealing political betrayals between them.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Hardcoverpages. The protagonists are rich and successful middle-aged German men, whose underlying complacency, for all their mid-life crises, tends to disarm any intended ironies. I had mixed feelings though…it seemed too easy. Already an enormous success in the author’s native Germany, Flights of Love is certain to be celebrated, discussed, read and re-read.

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The short fllights all showed in interesting take on love. My friend’s fiance said his endings need to be taken in with a pinch of salt and she is right.

Flights of Love: Stories by Bernhard Schlink

Sad but worth the agony. As he puts it: Another passion forms where oof weak passion has broken: However I really loved how Sugar Peas ended. What connects Schlink’s seven pieces is less the love of the title than the guilt, shame and mistrust that afflict would-be lovers. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.


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I wonder what was the time frame when the author wrote these stories. The Circumcision The title certainly intrigued me. Instead, Schlink examines the wounds inflicted by history and bitterness, jealousy and regret, neglect and repressed emotions.

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. Woman at the Gas Station The ending made me sad even though I knew it was going to happen hint…the title. While the settings are mainly in Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country.

I also loved that the author writes like Hemingyway; there fligghts so much beneath the surface that adds to the characters’ richness. The weak and trying obsession with the other person. Goodreads is the schljnk largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.