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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Both Schlink and Sebald were born in”beneath black stars”, in the imagery of Heimito von Doderer’s tale of collusion and defiance in Nazi-ruled Vienna. Jun 01, Heidi Liu rated it it was amazing.

The protagonists are all men, of different ages, but virtually all slightly confused loners, no matter what outward trappings of success they might have. Yet while Schlink’s stories betray a shallow glibness, the Austrian selection proves more challenging and worthwhile. I especially disliked ‘A Little Fling’ and the only story I schink somewhat intresting was ‘Sugar Peas’ Maybe it’s becuase I’m not smart enough to always get what Bernhard is trying to say. Bernhwrd feels a sense of bernhare and even self-conscious alienation in many of his characters.

Even though we find perfect endings in fiction, in real life whatever the drama we deal with, in end we just go on. Looking for More Great Reads? English Choose a language for shopping. 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. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Sounds like a fine collection. His stories very much anchored in reality, there are only flights of fancy in his stories, not flights into surrealistic brenhard.

I only look forward to Schlink’s next work. One day it can just go and desert us. You are commenting using your WordPress. All the stories had to do with love and how sometimes it can burn you. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. 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.


Learn how your comment data is processed. This parodic stance has helped put many Austrian writers at odds with the state. Book ratings by Goodreads. When my friend delivered it to me he said “this looks like a very boring book”. Schlink’s The Reader was a surprise bestseller on these shores, discovered by Oprah and established by word of mouth.

And should you seek your own revenge? Mar 22, Skeletonized rated it it was amazing. With superior art and tact, The Emigrants and Austerlitz foreground not the guilt or redemption of the “perpetrators”, but the lives of those they persecuted and a Germany impoverished by their loss. But this is the way life is.

There are so many different angles from which you can look at the same thing. Girl with Lizard This was a schkink for me. Jan 24, Sudara rated it really liked it.

I guess that’s why they tell you not to judge a book by its cover: And there is the matter of the fellow German officer that he sentenced to death?

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The last page made everything worth it for me. All East-West stories were love stories, with the same expectations and disappointments.

Perhaps the surprise is that life goes on even after we try to change it. I think the author did, though, set out common ground that would allow a couple like that to succeed.

There were no frills, no long and meandering descriptions. 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. His is a unique voice for these times.


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Circumcision was probably my favourite out of the 7 stories. Sad but worth the agony. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

In the end, a 3. The Best Books of Also by Bernhard Schlink. 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 jurist and writer. I also loved that the author writes like Hemingyway; there is so much beneath the surface that adds to the characters’ richness. I had to read it 3 times to truly realize what happened.

One of the main irks of this book was the tendency to follow a sort of Hemingway-esque method of trying to convey layers of meaning beneath seemingly simple sentences and passages. This sounds very good. Berhhard share your thoughts! 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. His characters, at least in this book, are invariably super successful white people living in posh urban regions, touched flifhts the ennui of the privileged.

Quotes from Flights of Love: East Schkink Designer Men’s Fashion. This story was a poignant note on which to end the collection, but I wished there had been more.