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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
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Vintage (first published 2010)
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Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Metodi Markov
Страхотен разказвач е Бернхард Шлинк!

Истинско удоволствие е за мен да се потопя отново в неговите вселени. Нежно и много елегантно, той ни разкрива истории, животи и човешки отношения, които могат да са нашите собствени. Това несъмненно ги прави толкова близки и обични.

Има градиент в подредбата на разказите в сборника и признавам, на мен най са ми на сърцето следните два - "Последно лято" и "Пътуване на юг". Абсолютно фантастичен стил на предване на историите в тях и много важни послания, които
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vešto napisane priče, od onih u kojima zaista možemo mariti za junake, i sve što je opisano baš je dobro opisano, s lakoćom se može zamisliti, ali meni nekako ne odgovara Šlinkov senzibilitet, otud tri zvezdice: priče su školski dobre i sa zadovoljstvom sam ih pročitala, ali me ne pomeraju i kao da sam ih zaboravila već kad sam sklopila korice.
Кремена Михайлова
За такива неща става въпрос в тази книга:

„– Може би изгубихме невинността? А спечелихме трезвост?
– И какво, ако трезвостта е нещо добро, но въпреки това е смърт за любовта и нещата просто не вървят без наивната вяра в другия?“

„… големите, съдбовните решения не могат да бъдат правилни или грешни, а просто човек живее различни видове живот.“

Затова и аз се запитах: има ли някъде-някога нормални връзки? И какво изобщо е нормална връзка? Вариациите на тема любовни връзки (и не само любовни) в „Летни
Jacqueline Wagenstein
Шеметният успех на романа „Четецът” наложи Бернхард Шлинк като „говорител” на германската съвест и чувство за вина. Историята, адаптирана за голям екран от Стивън Долдри (с Кейт Уинслет в ключовата роля), предлага различен от обичайния ракурс към трагедията с унищожените от нацизма евреи. Става дума за неосъзнатата вина на извършителите на престъпленията и за мълчанието, което сякаш парализира процеса на осъзнаване; за моралното невежество и липсата на воля за решително противодействие на злото; ...more
Debbie Robson
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Bernhard Schlink and it was a surprise to find the writing so dissimilar, in these short stories, to the two novels I have read - The Weekend and The Reader. In Summer Lies I found the voices all had the same measured tones. They were very similar people too. People that liked to control most things in their rather quiet, orderly lives. Despite this, they are all caught up in disparate situations, creating the need to lie.
I noticed in some of the reviews that different readers
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
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melda Dinçel
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As it would match with the title, I read the book on my summer holiday. Within two days I was travelling from New York to Norway, Frankfurt to Amsterdam. Each story was perfect with its plot, characters, setting and action. I will definitely search for more Schlink books in near future.
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.
Catherine Davison
I love Schlink's writing. This collection of short stories is unlike another other I've read in that each story explored a similar theme, what does it mean to love, to live with and love another person. The writing is tight and beautiful. I've read it in German & in English, a full five stars in each language!
Johann Guenther
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cvi *
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Летни лъжи" е от ония книги, дето случайно решаваме да прочетем, обхванати от жегата, намиращи се някъде между поредното пътуване и работа, между мъчителните горещи следобеди и леко прохладните панелни нощи.

Разказите са няколко на брой, кой от кой по-човешки, изобличаващи една различна представа за нормалното. Летните лъжи са онези, които не се случват през лятото, а някъде по пътя си са се намерили в този сезон. Именно затова всеки герой от историите по себе си носи едно бреме - на отминалата
Richda Mcnutt
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-in-2014
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.

Bill Nighy reads from the new collection of short fiction by the author of The Reader, Bernhard Schlink.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

3* The Reader
3* Summer Lies

Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually translated, "Summer Lies" is the title.
Not sure why the english version hasn't shown up on Goodreads...

Get past the first story, which has some of the more cliché New York scenes ever. Definitely screams European fetishizing the 'color' of the city...
pretty painful.

That said, it illustrates relationship doubts really well, and the other stories are much better.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter Jakobs
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me this is Schlink's best book, I like his short stories more than his novels. At the end of each short storie I was a bit sad that they ended here and were not further developed to a fullnovel. This is exactly as it should be - well done, Bernhard!
Vivienne Strauss
What a wonderful collection of short stories. Some were truly ominous in a subtle way that crept up on me. Others, incredibly moving.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Yaşamda en zor şey, insanın ne zaman ilkelerine bağlı kalıp ne zaman onlardan vazgeçmesi gerektiğini bilmemesidir."
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quiet, wise book about love, pain, honesty and truth. Ein Leckerbissen!
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With an opening line like "The day she stopped loving her children was no different from other days", I was immediately drawn right in! I don't usually read short stories but since I loved The Reader, I thought I would try this book and am so glad I did. These short stories were so beautifully written and moving that they felt like novels. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of his work.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Velmi dobře napsané i vypointované povídky jsou důkazem, že i na malém prostoru se může odehrát velký příběh. Stejně jako zatím všechny knihy, které jsem od Schlinka četla, je i tato velmi zdařilá. Téma malých a velkých lží je evergreen, na který se ale autor dokázal podívat ze všech stran a často neotřelým způsobem.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable....the writing greatly resembles that of "The Reader" by the same author.
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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
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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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