Flights of Love

Flights of Love

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By (author) Bernhard Schlink

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A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental, elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships haunted by betrayal and guilt, in situations where self-examination is inescapable. FLIGHTS OF LOVE consists of seven stories, all of them weaving around the idea of love - why people are drawn to it and why some run away. Schlink shows us in turn love as desire, love as confusion, love as a quick affair, love as a drastic life-changing rebellion, love as a force of habit, love as self-betrayal. The cumulative effect is a book which uses effortlessly beguiling language to examine the universal human desire to find a lasting loving relationship, however thwarted that desire ultimately is.

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Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international best-selling novel THE READER as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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Reviews for the paperback of this are just coming in with ones in THE INDEPENDENT, the following from THE GUARDIAN 'Throughout, he turns tricky subjects into readable stories'Isabel Montgomery, THE GUARIDAN and ''As you acquait yourself with the cast of FLIGHTS OF LOVE you become completely wrapped up in th

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Seven long short stories from the author of the acclaimed novel The Reader continue to explore the relationship between love and guilt, love and eroticism, love and betrayal. In one story the relationship is between a Western writer and a couple in East Berlin at the time of the fall of the Wall, overshadowed by a tangle of remorse and regret for the double dealing which in the end makes a loving relationship impossible. In another, the problem is one of inter-racial love - while love between a Jew and a non-Jew seems at first not only possible but transcendent, in the end motives prove mixed, what is important is obscure and confusing. Then there is an examination of failed love between a father and son, suddenly illuminated in a flash of violence at the moment of death. These seven stories are, certainly, about love - but more than love: they speak more strongly of betrayal and guilt as an inevitable part of almost every intimate relationship, and are for the most part dark and pessimistic. The last story, and the book, end with a man walking alone on an empty beach beside a gray sea, under a gray sky. He is not deserted: he is the deserter. We are all, Schlink seems to say in this remarkable book, deserters who for one reason or another betray ourselves and our lovers. This collection confirms the fact that he is one of the most impressive writers of his generation. But he is no comforter. Not, perhaps, so much Flights of Love as Flights from Love. (Kirkus UK)