FLIGHTS OF LOVE BERNHARD SCHLINK PDF

Start your review of Flights of Love: Stories Write a review Shelves: short-stories , germany "Flights of Love" is a collection of seven short stories that center on love. These are not sweet, sentimental stories since the protagonists are German men, mostly lawyers or law students, that view their emotions with cool, analytic minds. The stories are about communication problems, love that has lost passion, regrets, and midlife crisis mentalities. A few stories deal with the way that people regard younger Germans who were not alive during World War II because the Holocaust had such "Flights of Love" is a collection of seven short stories that center on love. A few stories deal with the way that people regard younger Germans who were not alive during World War II because the Holocaust had such devastating effects, including a story about the love of a young man for a painting with a questionable provenance.

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Start your review of Flights of Love: Stories Write a review Shelves: short-stories , germany "Flights of Love" is a collection of seven short stories that center on love. These are not sweet, sentimental stories since the protagonists are German men, mostly lawyers or law students, that view their emotions with cool, analytic minds. The stories are about communication problems, love that has lost passion, regrets, and midlife crisis mentalities.

A few stories deal with the way that people regard younger Germans who were not alive during World War II because the Holocaust had such "Flights of Love" is a collection of seven short stories that center on love. A few stories deal with the way that people regard younger Germans who were not alive during World War II because the Holocaust had such devastating effects, including a story about the love of a young man for a painting with a questionable provenance. As a group, the stories are a mixed bag with some having a heavy feeling to them.

This collection, by Bernhard Schlink of The Reader fame, could not have made me feel more different. 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.

The characters leading these stories are all very different I have never really been one for short stories. The characters leading these stories are all very different people and yet Schlink is able to draw out this common need in all of them whilst skilfully creating a range of atmoshperes and feelings for the reader. 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.

Thomas - vain sod!. When a dreadful accident brings his escape to an end, his self-involvement and selfishness comes back to bite him and we are left in no doubt as to where the power now lies! 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.

This story was a poignant note on which to end the collection, but I wished there had been more. Happily this collection of short stories is much better, although not uniformly.

The first, Girl and Lizard is written in the same dessicated and tortured style that beset Homecoming, only this time its over a painting. Its also marred by Schlinks tendency to sink into a courtroom inquisition substitute for conversation that Picked this up because I wanted to get beyond the tortured obsessions of Homecoming, and Schlink is so highly thought of, I wondered whether I was being overly critical.

But oh, god, are his characters ever so rational and reasonable, even at the height of their anger or despair! Surely somewhere in these seven stories someone would fly off the handle and say or do something they would later regret, without first weighing the consequences?

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Flights of Love: Stories

Reading Guide Book Summary 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. From the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, here is 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. Here his subject is not history but the heart itself, and with the forensic delicacy of a master he lays bare the essence of our feelings. Translated by John E. Girl With Lizard 1 It was a painting of a girl with a lizard. They were looking at each other and not looking at each other, the girl gazing dreamily toward the lizard, the lizard directing its vacant, glistening eyes toward the girl. The lizard lifted its head and probed with its tongue.

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His characters—men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception—are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight. The friendship between a West Berliner and an idealistic young couple from the East founders amid the prosperity and revelations that follow the collapse of communism. An acrobatic philanderer one wife and two mistresses, all apparently quite happy begins to crack under the weight of his abundance. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links.

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His mother, Irmgard, had been a theology student of his father, whom she married in In , he became a professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at Heidelberg University, where he would serve until his retirement in Over the course of four decades Edmund Schlink became one of the most famous and influential Lutheran theologians in the world and a key participant in the modern Ecumenical Movement. He retired in January He worked as a scientific assistant at the Universities of Darmstadt , Bielefeld and Freiburg. In , he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a novel about a teenager who has an affair with a woman in her thirties who suddenly vanishes but whom he meets again as a law student when visiting a trial about war crimes. The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages.

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