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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I hated the girl, she was ignorant and I felt bad for the main guy.

I feel in real life Thomas would have gotten away with it. It’s so beautiful that it always persuaded me bernard read more our of curiosity even if I knew the ending would not be surprising. First serial to the New Yorker. One of the unifying elements in Schlink’s creative mind is examining flightts internalized perceptions, schlijk 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 characters—men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception—are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight. 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.

After averaging out all the numbers, it comes to 2. A man worried by a frequent dream in his berhnard embarks on a vacation with his wife to celebrate the blooming of their once-failing marriage. My only complaint is that the short stories often end abruptly and leave me startled.

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Flights of Love: Stories by Bernhard Schlink

Another passion forms where the weak passion has broken: Some of the problems I think are real, and the author does a great job with that: He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law schlini Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January To hold them secret, protect them, is to deny the other the chance to reach across the difference and build a bridge.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. How often you wish to be close to the other person–to find their secrets so you My thoughts on “Girl with a Lizard”: The main character in this amusing story is a German and secretly has himself circumcised out of love for his Jewish girlfriend, but his show of support doesn’t quite turn out the way he expects. View Full Version of PW. This book of seven short stories, while a bit uneven, at least shows that the author can relate tales of interest, of introspection, of intrique, and in general can keep his reader flowing with his thoughts to the somewhat open-ended conclusions.

Schlink’s tendency to also use very elongated plots to convey ideas was a bit annoying, case in point being The Girl with Lizard, A Little Fling and Sugar Peas my least favourite out of them all.

As he puts it: One cannot control love. But Schlink saw it and wrote it down. 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 J’adore les nouvelles, mais vraiment.

In his book, the Flights of Love, of seven short stories, while a bit uneven, he shows that he can relate tales of interest, of introspection, of intrigue, of self-deception, and generally can keep you flowing with his thoughts to the somewhat open-ended conclusions.


Indeed all stories in Flights of Love are provocative and readable but I think they are too trite well, I guess except for “The Circumcision”. In one evry powerful passage, Sarah says something to the effect of, “I try not to hold it against you that you’re German.

But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing. Not my favorite of Schlink’s work – long short stories, very bleak. This story has such a well of sadness in it as the man in it is confronted by the fact that his life, which has been held together by the rituals and habits of a not unhappy marriage, has not made him happy when a long-held dream comes before him as a possible reality.

I loved the ending, because karma is a bitch and karma hates you Thomas.

Flights of Love

There are 3 girls… three peas in a pod. I have never really been one for short stories. Thomas needed a punch in the face and the 3 girls irked me to no end. 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 super sad. I especially disliked ‘A Little Fling’ and the only story I found somewhat intresting was ‘Sugar Peas’ Maybe it’s becuase I’m not smart enough to always get what Bernhard is trying to say.

This collection of short stories got under my skin. Nov 02, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: