Search Results: "Bernhard Schlink"


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BERNHARD by Yoel Hoffmann
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"Not an easy read, but a further persuasive illustration of the genius of one of Israel's finest contemporary writers."
Emotional intensity and a powerful sense of the fragility and impermanence of both the physical body and the social fabric are the distinguishing features of this 1991 novel by the Israeli author (Katschen & The Book of Joseph, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SUMMER LIES by Bernhard Schlink
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A thoughtful, stimulating collection."
Painful choices confront Schlink's characters in the second story collection from the German author (The Weekend, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE READER by Bernhard Schlink
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"Toward its climax, the novel becomes, fitfully, frustratingly abstract, but on balance this is a gripping psychological study that moves skillfully toward its surprising and moving conclusion."
The Reader ($20.00; June 1997; 224 pp.; 0-679-44279-0): A compact portrayal of a teenaged German boy's love affair with an emotionally remote older woman, and the troubled consequence of his discovery of who she really is and why she simultaneously needed him and rejected him. Read full book review >

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SELF’S MURDER by Bernhard Schlink
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Schlink (Homecoming, 2008, etc.) constructs a series of Chinese boxes whose increasingly untidy carpentry—the case ends with the appealingly reflective hero far more bewildered than he began—is exactly his point."
A chance encounter in 1993 brings aging investigator Gerhard Self (Self's Deception, 2007, etc.) one last case with enough twists and turns for a whole career. Read full book review >

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SELF’S DECEPTION by Bernhard Schlink
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2007

"Antic, laconic, melancholy and oddly extroverted—a tonic corrective for two generations of German self-scrutiny."
Ex-Nazi prosecutor Gerhard Self (Self's Punishment, 2005), still working as a private eye in a reunified Germany, gets a case that involves somebody else's political guilt, or lack thereof. Read full book review >

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HOMECOMING by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Not equal to Schlink's best."
Several "homecomings" are chronicled in this earnest, carefully layered novel from the German author. Read full book review >

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THE WEEKEND by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Amid ongoing revelation, all narrative strands (and there are many) are tied neatly by the end."
A tight literary contrivance by the novelist best known for The Reader (1997). Read full book review >

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FLIGHTS OF LOVE by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"Touching, involving short fiction from a writer who eschews bold imagery and stylistic fireworks—and slowly, doggedly gets into your head and under your skin."
A first collection of seven patiently detailed, emotionally complex tales from the German author of the surprise critical success (an Oprah selection) The Reader (1997). Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Despite some touching scenes near the end, Schlink doesn't seem to have the creative wherewithal to bring his characters and themes fully to life."
At two points in time, three men find themselves involved with the same woman in this latest by the bestselling author of The Reader (1997). Read full book review >

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EAGLES by Emery Bernhard
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1994

"An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Like the Bernhards' Ladybug and Dragonfly, a succinct yet surprisingly comprehensive portrayal of an interesting species. Read full book review >

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DRAGONFLY by Emery Bernhard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Glossary. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
In the same format as their Ladybug (1992), the Bernhards present another interesting and useful insect. Read full book review >

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HOW SNOWSHOE HARE RESCUED THE SUN by Emery Bernhard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

Retold from a Siberian tale included in James Riordan's The Sun Maiden and the Crescent Moon, a story incorporating the theme of a small animal completing a mission where his powerful neighbors have failed. Read full book review >