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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To hold them secret, protect them, is to deny the other the chance to fljghts across the difference and build a bridge. Stories by Bernhard Schlink.

Overall, I’d say that this was an alright book with some pretty decent stories. Buy the selected items together This item: I loved the development in them, the flaws and reality of each character.

Flights of Love

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! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Yet while Schlink’s stories betray a shallow glibness, the Austrian selection proves more challenging and worthwhile.

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.

Or was it simply part of the booty confiscated from Jews being sent on that long train ride? A boy’s deep curiosity about a mysterious vlights of a girl with a lizard in his father’s possession leads him to question his role during the war.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Get to Know Us. Most deal with regret and loss. Some issues truly are “unknowable. What lkve misses, though, is that neither did Andi, of course. He reproaches her family for not being at all genuinely curious about him: Schlink extends his range, with moderate success, to relations between east and west, or between men and women.

How often you wish to be close to the other person–to find their secrets so you can use it against them. His characters—men with filghts appetites and unfortunate habits of deception—are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight.

And should you seek your own revenge?

The “Girl with Lizard” is a story about a painting that hangs in the father’s study. When I finished THE READER, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was convinced that the book fligts autobiogrpahical and that Bernhard Schlink had done what may writers do; tell the one story they have to tell and write several poorly done works hoping to capitalize on the success of their first book. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “self.


J’adore les nouvelles, mais vraiment. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of his stories are based on real-life dramas that he witnessed, or read about, that evolved in a courtroom.

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. In the “re-write” of history weren’t all the French in “the Resistance”?


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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Yet my favourite two stories are more overtly political: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. And Schlink shows that, in each one of his short stories. Their strength depends on daily attention and openness Kennt man den anderen beim zweiten Mal nicht viel zu gut?

Email required Address never made public. Love his books I enjoyed his short story collection I reviewed last year loads.

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Happily this collection of short stories is much better, although not uniformly. Learn how your comment data is processed.

He has subsequently given up his “day job.

Love cannot be tamed or harnessed. Preview — Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It now makes sdhlink that relationships continue throughout their lifetime to be as tenuous as they started. Quotes from Flights of Love: And not just history history, but the characters’ individual histories, everything they might have experienced up until these snapshots are revealed.