Summer Lies: Stories
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Summer Lies: Stories

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From Bernhard Schlink, the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, come seven provocative and masterfully calibrated stories. A keen dissection of the ways in which we play with truth and less-than-truth in our lives. Summer Lies brims with the delusions, the passions, the outbursts, and the sometimes irrational justifications people make within a mélange of bea...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Pantheon (first published 2010)
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"Can you point me in the direction where I can find more books like this/" I ask the Booksoup salesman. "And how does a litle girl like you come to favor Schlink?"
He had a point. The author, a mid 60-year old Jewish professor of Law or something like that managed to think about love and marriage and torment and jealousy to fit inside the head of a thirty something woman from Los Angeles. It's brilliant and touching. The way he can manage that I mean. The stories leave you itching for more, hopin...more
Bernhard Schlink's collection of stories, Summer Lies, is always gracefully written but not always compelling because too many key characters, plots, and themes are borderline trivial or simply trivialized.

In the first story, "After the Season," an accomplished musician with adequate but not a great deal of money falls in love with an heiress with tons of money…and that's a problem for him. He doesn't like rich people, or thinks he doesn't, but there's really nothing wrong with the woman except...more
Victor Carson
Although I do not usually read collections of short stories, I have read two of the author's novels, Homecoming and The Reader, and I did not want to miss any new fiction from Bernhard Schlink. Each of the selections in Summer Lies is really a novella, rather than a "short" story. A couple of the early selections seem somewhat incomplete or unresolved, as if they were meant to be only portraits of a particular character and his shallow relationship with his wife or lover. The later selections ar...more
I love a good collection of short stories. Bernhard Schlink is a fabulous writer. Some of these stories were fantastic, and others failed to live up to their promise.
Richda Mcnutt
I'm glad that I haven't read "The Reader," (although I have seen the film version) - I can accept this book on its own merits. I found the seven short stories to be quite thought-provoking and very well-written. Schlink connects lies voiced, lies unsaid, lies that actually become memories of past events in our lives - our self-deception takes many forms and can be very imaginative. His characters are well-drawn, sometimes distant, sometimes unpleasant. I particularly liked the first and last sto...more
Johann Guenther
SCHLINK, Bernhard: „Sommerlügen“, Zürich 2010
Ob die Umgebung in der man liest den Inhalt beeinflusst. Am Hotel Swimming Pool in Abu Dabi liegend kommt mir die erste Geschichte, in der sich ein armer Flötist eines Orchesters in eine reiche Frau verliebt wunderschön vor und ich habe das Gefühl, dass das die beste Story ist, die ich in den letzten Jahren gelesen habe. Die Freundin fragt ihn etwa so grundsätzliche Dinge – die wir uns auch öfter stellen sollten – „Wenn du nicht für deinen Vater Flöti...more
Op de achterkant van het boek staat:" In Schlinks zeven vertellingen van bijna melancholieke schoonheid - stuk voor stuk romans in een notendop- zijn de bedachte, de spontane en de verstandige leugens waarmee we leven altijd aanwezig. Van comfortabel zelfbedrog, tot een leven dat een serie van meesterlijke leugens blijkt te zijn. En wij stellen verbaasd vast dat we de leugenaars heel goed begrijpen."

En zo verging het mij ook.
Stéphane Vande ginste
Na de prachtige roman, "De Voorlezer", krijg je terug zin om eens Bernard Schlink te lezen. "Zomerleugens" is een mooie bundel met zeven novellen. Wat is waarheid, wat is leugen? Moet je soms de waarheid verzwijgen tegenover jezelf of tegenover anderen? Dat zijn zo enkele vragen die Schlink zich voortdurend stelt. Schijnbaar eenvoudige verhalen worden bij Schlink soms ineens morele vraagstukken door de prangende vragen die hij de lezer stelt. Het zet je in elk geval aan het denken. Onder de mooi...more
This was a haunting book. The stories are very well written, but all of them left me with a sense of sadness and foreboding. Some of the stories had me begging the main character (usually a male) to stop being such a jerk or idiot, urging him on to do the right thing, and in one story, begging the male protagonist to stop being so pathetically weak minded. There are no happy Disney-esque endings to these stories.

Much like his other books I have read, Schlink's descriptive style brings the reade...more
Short stories by the author of The Reader. Mr. Schlinck's major characters are mostly male, and mostly uncomfortable in their relationships. Introspective, a little fussy and perhaps unduly sensitive, they strike one as human, but not necessarily admirable or even all that interesting.
Natxo Cruz
Un bon llibre, al qual val la pena dedicar-hi temps. Sota l'aparença d'un recull d'històries quotidianes hi ha un petit assaig sobre la psicologia de les persones que les impulsa a enganyar-ne altres o a si mateixes i les justificacions que en sorgeixen. Recomanable.
Las mentiras de otros que al final son las nuestras. No importa cuántas veces hayamos mentido, lo valioso de estas historias es que nos enseñan que todos lo hacemos por las mismas razones: no defraudar al otro, al que queremos.
This was a quiet, wise book about love, pain, honesty and truth. Ein Leckerbissen!
Thomas Hettich
Auf der Rückseite wird das Buch beschrieben als "Sieben irritierend-bewegende Geschichten", "spannend", "hintersinnig", "hat Mut, an die grossen Fragen zu rühren" und "grosses Kino". Ist das tatsächlich, was ich soeben gelesen habe?

Die Geschichten, wenn sie einen bewegen, dann durch die kleinen Momente, die man aus dem eigenen Leben wiedererkennt, worüber man schon Gedanken verloren hat, jedoch nicht zu Ende gedacht und nie präzise in Wörtern erfasst hat. Diese Momente beschreibt Bernhard Schlin...more
Kurzgeschichten sind nicht meine Welt – und trotzdem überzeugt mich der ein oder andere Autor immer mal wieder, es mit ihnen zu versuchen. Dieses Mal habe ich es nicht bereut.

„Sieben irritierend-bewegende Geschichten“ – fast banal, sehr leise, manchmal alltäglich. Manch ein Leser wird sich oder Teile seiner Erinnerung in vielen (wenn nicht allen) der Geschichten irgendwie wiederfinden.

Es geht irgendwie immer um die Liebe, und um die Gefühle die sie begleiten. Unsicherheit bei den Entscheidungen...more
Vorgelesen von Hans Korte.

Pasteurisiert mit 5 von 5 Sternen. Geschichten über Midlife- und Endlife-Crisis.

Die ersten Minuten des Zuhörens sind etwas ungewöhnlich. Der Sprecher nuschelt den Text mit seiner Altherrenstimme. Tatsächlich habe ich mich jedoch nicht nur an Hans Kortes Stimme gewöhnt, sondern empfinde durch sie die Protagonisten in Bernhard Schlinks Buch als authentisch. Somit ist Hans Kortes Stimme unmittelbar mit den Geschichten verbunden. Es dürfte gar nicht anders sein. Sonst suche...more

I picked this book up in Florence on the tail end of my trip and hadn't realized that this was a collection of novellas when I purchased it, but it was a nice choice for a vacation read. I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters and found myself making connections about the work as a whole and wondering about the editing decisions. Some stories were much more engaging than others and I was particularly fond of The Last Summer and The Night in Baden-Baden both for their reflections on the...more
I can't believe I owe library fines on this. I picked up the book on a whim since it was in the new books section, and thought "Well, this seems interesting." I couldn't have been more wrong! Did it engage my intellectual curiosity about the human condition in all its various deceptive iterations? Um, hell no. It wouldn't have been so bad had I actually been captivated as the promise outlined in the book jacket suggested: " provocative and masterfully calibrated stories. A keen dissectio...more
“It was still warm; there was none of the sharpness in the air that can signal the nearness of fall on a late-summer evening; rather, it held the promise of a long, gentle end to the summer” (35).
“Then he was tired of having a bad conscience. He didn’t owe Therese anything” (41).
“Not that any of it was so important to him. He rejoiced over every event that fell through, every appointment that got canceled, every political invitation and demand that failed to make its way to his mailbox or his e-...more
"Der Fremde in der Nacht" gefällt mir am besten, diese Erzählung sticht auch unter den anderen Geschichten hervor. "Das Haus im Wald" hat mich ein bisschen an Texte Stefan Zweigs erinnert, was meines Erachtens das Beste ist, was sich Bernard Schlink bei einer solchen Erzählung nur wünschen kann. "Die Reise nach Süden" hat mir auch gefallen, ich war sogar irgendwie zu Tränen gerührt. "Nachsaison", "Die Nacht in Baden-Baden", "Der letzte Sommer" und "Johann Sebastian Bach auf Rügen" fand ich etwas...more
Wilde Sky
Love and betrayal are dealt with in a series of short stories.

The stories are all reasonable, but none of them really grabbed my attention. I found the most enjoyable / engaging to be ‘After the Season’ and ‘The House in the Forest’.
In the beginning I hated this book. The stories seemed far fetched, the characters self centred and no plot resolution. I almost gave up when the stories started to pull me in. You need to slow down and just absorb without analysis to appreciate this one. Midway through I'd finish a story and look around for someone to discuss it with. Why did the wife walk out? Why is the guy afraid to leave? I hope you enjoy this one too.
I absolutely loved this book, and will be reading more of this German author in the future. His stories present a masculine perspective on a variety of relationships; married, single, and dating. Looking back, these stories, while serious, were also quite touching and humor surfaces here and there. Each story had a male narrator except for one, and this elderly woman character is herself quite manly. I found her most fascinating as she reflects on her choices in life and how she chooses to go on...more
This was a wonderful collection of short stories. Connected in both theme and style, they flow easily from one to the next. The title, "Summer Lies" gives an indication of the theme of all of the stories. They are stories about people who are either lying to themselves, lying to others or otherwise just deluded!
Another one that I didn't finish reading...just not my cup of tea.
Christina Holmberg

I Sommerlügen ser vi en masse melankolske historier, hvor bedrag og løgn er nøgleordene i et ikke helt håbløst univers. Tit er det også angsten der holder vores hovedpersoner fra at gøre, hvad de vil. Angsten for forandring. Angsten for hvad der forventes af dem. Novellerne omhandler den flygtige lykke, som kun lader sig fange ganske kort. Dette ser vi især i Nachsaison da Susan og Richard forlader hinanden i lufthavnen og trods den kærlighed og lykke de havde sammen må erkende, at de 13 dage ba...more
Even though I have read 'The Reader' that isn't what drew me to this book. I was just attracted by the book being composed of short stories and I thought that would be a nice way to finish my summer reading before I got caught up in real life again. These stories were a beautiful, bittersweet surprise. I totally loved them - the whole world of love and lies, petty misunderstandings, missed opportunities and lives lived. The divide between men and women, how our hearts can break and break again....more
Saloni Sharma
No, I haven't suddenly started reading German. Goodreads does not have the English translation in its database and the book is too good to not be registered here. This is the first selection of Schlink's stories that I've read and the quality of his writing never fails to amaze and awe. 'Summer Lies' is a selection of stories set in summers that are idyllic, banal, romantic, even bordering on madness. Schlink has an emotional depth that transcends sentimentality and draws the reader in. Pure del...more
I don't often read short stories so it was satisfying to get through them quickly. All the stories were poignant and reflective where there were regrets and disappointments. They were pretty sad. All the stories had a male protagonist until the final one which was female. Her misunderstanding of something in her past was tragic. I like Schlink's writing and his description of the ordinary with brief dialogue. The entire book was sad, though. I guess a book about "lies" would be.
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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "sel...more
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“Er suchte nicht das leichte Leben, sonderen das schöne. Er gierte nicht nach Geld, er spielte damit.” 2 likes
“What is it?'
'Nothing,' he said, and put his arm around her.
'You sighed.'
'I'd like to be further along than I am.'
She snuggled against his side. 'I know that feeling. But don't we make progress in fits and starts? Nothing happens for a long time, then suddenly we get a surprise, have an encounter, reach a decision point, and we're no longer the same as we were before.”
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