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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Inspired by Your Browsing History. On the other hand, stories such as The Circumcision, The Son, The Woman at the Gas Station and even The Other Man before it lost its fliggts had very simple storylines but managed to capture the angst, torture, love and pain of the characters in very beautiful layers.
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Why do people do this? Read it Forward Read it first. I stamped this with 3. While the settings are mainly in Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country. I had mixed feelings though…it seemed too easy.
Would we have fallen apart more rapidly knowing what the other was thinking that was so foreign and not understandable When my friend delivered it to me he said “this looks like a very boring book”. 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 But this is the way life is.
I really loved this collection of longer short stories. All stories were different yet similar, having males at the center of the conflicts but the concepts of love were explored widely–some of it were about the lack of love, a love that has missed its opportunity, and someone’s failure at love. But I liked Bernhard’s style of writing. I was super hopeful, but not every relationship can be saved. First serial to the New Yorker.
Something in them doesn’t suit me and they generally leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction. This parodic stance has helped put many Austrian writers at odds with the state.
Sep 15, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: 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. After averaging out all the numbers, it comes to 2.
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Particularly outstanding are Alfred Kolleritsch’s sinister allegory “A Platonic Meal”, with its fascist take on gastronomy, and Peter Henisch’s “Brutal Curiosity”, in which a son ponders his dying father’s role as a wartime photographer.
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.
Woman at the Gas Station The ending made me sad even though I knew it was going to happen hint…the title. Love cannot be tamed or harnessed. A boy’s deep curiosity about a mysterious painting of a girl with a lizard in his father’s possession leads him to question his role during the war.
I had to read it 3 times to truly realize what happened.
Whilst some of the stories create empathy for the pain and guilt of its protagonists, others haunt and still others are shot through with almost wicked humour. And Schlink shows that, in each one of his short stories. The ending was perfect. Dec 18, Pages Buy.
Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
All the stories had to do with love and how sometimes it can burn you. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. How often you wish to be close to the other person–to find their secrets so you can use it against them. One’s life, emotion, and feeling may be explained; the painting may take-on more meaning then anything else. 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.
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I must admit that it was an interesting way to look at bdrnhard. Yet while Schlink’s stories betray a shallow glibness, the Austrian selection proves more challenging and worthwhile. Books of the Week.