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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It does NOT work so well in short stories.

I’m not the biggest fan of stort stories but these were just all so dull. Woman at berbhard Gas Station The ending made me sad even though I knew it was going to happen hint…the title. But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing.

The ending surprised me! However I really loved how Sugar Peas ended. Bernard Schlink is a remarkably fine story teller. First serial to the New Yorker.

I don’t think I’ll be reading any of his books in the furture.

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Lists with This Book. View Full Version of PW. I won’t spoil any plot elements, so I’ll just mention that I find the final scene of bdrnhard Son” to be brilliant and moving, bernhare Peas” completely unexpected, and “The Circumcision” a very compelling two-sided portrait. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The last story, “The Woman at the Gas Station” was particularly poignant to me, and left me thinking about marriages It’s not the easiest method of writing and very few writers can pull it off.


Yet, marking its second anniversary in government this month, the junior coalition partner’s dark star seems only to be on the rise. Feb 26, Beernhard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hardcoverpages. Some stories explore cultural identity in love relationships. Tilting at national mythologies has been an obsession, whether they be myths of postwar absolution, an imperial past of “balls and waltzes”, or an idyllic Alpine homeland – beautifully parodied in Margit Schreiner’s “The Kargeralm Shepherd”, in which a rustic falls in “tragic love” with a sheep.

Not my favorite of Schlink’s work – long short stories, very bleak.

Discover what to read next. Looking for beautiful books? An unremarkable book of short stories, full of unremarkable and in most cases, unlikable characters. I wanted to slap all three of the characters; especially the husband and wife.

For Jelinek, Austria is a “nation of criminals”.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. By turns brooding and comic, and filled with the suspense that comes oof the inexorable unfolding of character, Flights of Love is nothing less than masterful. It was super sad. Stay in Touch Sign up. Nov 13, Patricia rated it really liked it. Thomas – vain sod!.

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He has worn himself out keeping three lives going at once: Most deal with regret and loss. A mesmeric collection of stories about love. Happily this collection of short stories is much better, although not uniformly.

The rhythms of a man and woman together over decades, the early passions and intense lovemaking and exploration of each other’s inner worlds; the busy-ness of life All the stories had to do with love and how sometimes it can burn you.

It has its own free will.

Flights of Love: Stories

Why do people do this? Dec 18, Pages Buy. I had to read it 3 times to truly realize what happened. Their strength depends on daily attention and openness