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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Unul dintre cele bbernhard bune volume de proza scurta pe care le-am citit. Andi follows up with, “What would you say if I said I didn’t hold it against you that you are Jewish. Even though almost every story was 50 pages long, I never understood the characters or their motivations to like them, let alone understand them.

Woman at the Gas Station The ending made me sad even though I knew it was going to happen hint…the title.

Schlink is possessed with a coolly direct manner of interrogating the confused motives of the human heart. Most don’t understand the burden and cold gift that vengeance can be. 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. He seeks out her former lover and befriends him, only to find that he is an impostor.

Despite Schlink’s matter-of-fact depiction of events, “The Other Man” and “Sugar Peas” can test credibility, but both stories are anchored in such strikingly portrayed characters that the scjlink trust remains strong. But some of it Echlink think isn’t necessary, and focuses on whether or not modern Germans should bear the guilt of their ancestors. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages.


The Other Man This was super sad! Something in lovve doesn’t suit me and schpink generally leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction. I loved the development in them, the flaws and reality of each character. In the end, a 3.

Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink

The friendship between a West Berliner and an idealistic young couple from the East founders amid the flighys and revelations that follow the collapse of communism. And I think he brought up fantastic points about modern Germans and the confusion about carrying the guilt of not even their relatives, but of a collective German identity.

May 02, Bethany rated it liked it. Trivia About Flights of Love: I was super hopeful, but not every relationship can be saved. By turns brooding and comic, and filled with the suspense that comes from the inexorable unfolding of character, Flights of Love is schlik less than masterful From the Trade Paperback edition.

I was bored almost from page 1 and had to drag myself through this whole book. Books by Bernhard Schlink. I’ve seen many men who have. German men are protagonists in each of them, with some traits in common: But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing.

If at times schlin writing seems detached or cold, I wonder how much of that is due to the fact that we are reading translations. He has worn himself out keeping three lives going at once: I felt like this short story was giving Lisa excuses for being a cheating wench.

All those aspects of life we can see so well in retrospect Dec 27, Will rated it liked it. Hardcoverpages. It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list. Not everyone has happy endings or dramatic stunning ones. The point this story makes is that prejudice can happen on both ends. Book ratings by Goodreads.


I also thought that Schlink’s world was something that I couldn’t always relate to. However I really loved how Sugar Peas ended.

Flights of Love

To view it, click here. I bernhad 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.

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Feb 26, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Girl with Lizard This was a meh for me. What she misses, though, is that neither did Andi, of course.

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I just finished reading Flights of Love by German lawyer and writer Bernhard Schlink, famed for his novel The Readerand I must say that it was a simple collection of short stories but nobody can deny the fact that each story brings out strong message. Surely somewhere in these seven stories someone would fly off the handle and say or do something xchlink would later regret, without first weighing the consequences?

As he puts it: This one surely did give me lots of emotion, mainly anger, but lots of emotions. My favorite Schlink book. I stamped this with 5 stars of course. Some of the problems I think are real, and the author does a great job with that: I also loved that the author writes like Hemingyway; there is so much beneath the surface that adds to the characters’ richness.

There are 3 girls… three peas in a pod.