The Weekend

The Weekend Bernhard Schlink
  • Title: The Weekend
  • Author: Bernhard Schlink
  • ISBN: 9780307456311
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Weekend Bernhard Schlink The Weekend Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they ve tak
    Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they ve taken since their youth But this isn t just any reunion, and their conversations about the old days aren t your typical reminiscences After twenty four years, J rg, a convicteOld friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they ve taken since their youth But this isn t just any reunion, and their conversations about the old days aren t your typical reminiscences After twenty four years, J rg, a convicted murderer and terrorist, has been released from prison The announcement of his pardon will send shock waves through the country, but before the announcement, his friends some of whom were Baader Meinhof sympathizers or those who clung to them gather for his first weekend of freedom They have been summoned by J rg s devoted sister, Christiane, whose concern for her brother s safety is matched only by the unrelenting zeal of Marko, a young man intent on having J rg continue to fight for the cause Bernhard Schlink is at his finest as The Weekend unfolds Passions are pitted against pragmatism, ideas against actions, and hopes against heartbreaking realities.From the Hardcover edition.
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    About Bernhard Schlink


    1. 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 self In 1995 he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a partly autobiographical novel The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list.


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    1. This is a fiction book about a dark period of Germany s History 1970 1998 Some speak about a German Autumn Basically, it refers to the acts of a terrorist organization called Red Army Fraction RAF Rote Armee Fraktion , which conducted acts of terrorism against a State deemed to be fascist Several of its members went to jailme got pardoned, many women got involved I would recall the Ulrike Meinhof case, still mysterious as to the causes of her hanging while in jail In 1998 the organization was di [...]

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    2. A group of, for the most part, long time friends meet at a secluded, dilapidated country villa in the countryside around Berlin They have come together to welcome back into society one of their own J rg, was just released that day from prison on a special pardon, having spent twenty four years in detention for several murders, committed as a member of the infamous Baader Meinhof Gang RAF Red Army Faction , notorious in the nineteen seventies The novel follows the visitors over the course of a th [...]

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    3. Bernhard Schlink is an author of substance, style, and ideas it is unfortunate that this work seems only to be a pastiche of his earlier fiction Neither characters nor plot enhance his distinctive themes of guilt, responsibility, memory, and reconciliation Vaguely reminiscent initially of the film THE BIG CHILL, in this depiction, the group of middle aged friends are not rendezvousing to mourn an old friend, but have gathered in a rural farmhouse in Germany to welcome home Jorg, a just released [...]

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    4. Loved the book, the reader by this author, this book not so much I guess my biggest problem is not much happens at this gathering or reunion other than talk of regret.

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    5. D.Nt started OK, but then I got bored quite quickly, maybe the tone of the book was lost in it s translation Not sure, but I was skimming over it by page 30 Then around page 44 47, something happened which just irritated the crap out of me as a parent not really a spoiler, but Mum and Dad hear their daughter scream and just dither about, saying oh dear, I think that is our child screaming in fright, what is that about I wonder and then dither about some Then, they find her standing naked on the [...]

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    6. There is a lot going on in this short book, but the author was able to connect the storylines well and in a way that made sense And I just love Schlink s writing style The main character in the book is a former member of a domestic terror organization in Germany who was in prison for the last 20 something years and now spends his first weekend in freedom with friends from back in the day that didn t radicalize themselves like he has done But it also is a family drama and it also talks how people [...]

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    7. Interesante para entender el terrorismo en Alemania.

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    8. Het idee voor het verhaal is goed en het zou heel interessant leesvoer op kunnen leveren, maar de uitwerking is halfslachtig en oppervlakkig Een deel van de personages, en zeker de persoon om wie het allemaal draait, komen niet goed uit de verf, waardoor deze personages eerder irritatie oproepen dan dat je er begrip voor krijgt De schrijfstijl is prima, maar zoals gezegd er ontbreekt wat Daardoor kan ik er niet meer van 2,5 sterren voor geven, afgerond naar beneden 2, want deze schrijver kan vee [...]

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    9. This is unfortunately an average book, not even by far half as good as the others I read by Schlink Some friends meet somewhere in the countryside to welcome back to freedom a terrorist who has been pardoned after 30 years of imprisonment They all had been part of the same group of friends before he, the terrorist, Jorg, started his part in the cause he fought for he had been a part of RAF The German Red Army Faction At present, they all have trouble accepting his murders and feel awkward around [...]

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    10. A convicted terrorist has been pardoned His overprotective sister Christiane invites old friends to spend a weekend with the newly released J rg at her country house As the weekend progresses, we read the thoughts of the friends about each other Most of them parted company three decades before.Not much happens in the book If you re looking for a thriller, look somewhere else Yes, the friends have dinner table conversations, arguments about whether J rg should let Marko release a declaration of h [...]

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    11. Der RAF Terrorist J rg wird nach vielen Jahren Haft begnadigt Seine Schwester Christiane, die seit seiner Kindheit f r ihn gesorgt hat, holt ihn ab Um ihm den Einstieg in die Gesellschaft zu erleichtern oder das Auftreffen auf die wirkliche Gesellschaft noch ein paar Tage zu verz gern organisiert sie ein Wochenende in einem abgelegenen Landhaus Eingeladen sind die alten Freunde, die sich damals zwar wohl als Revolution re gesehen haben, sich vor dem bewaffneten Kampf aber gescheut haben Unabh ng [...]

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    12. The author, better known recently for his book the Reader, takes us back to the era of Germany s urban violence, the Red Brigades, most notoriously the Baader Meinhof Communist anarchist group in the 1970 s and early 1980 s, when hundreds of violent incidents assassinations, bombings, arson, kidnappings were conducted So here we are circa 2005, and a terrorist, responsible for the murder of four people, is being released from prison His sister is holding a weekend event at a rural house to reint [...]

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    13. I love foreign writers as a rule they do something poetic and romantic with words that when converted to English makes the sentences come alive in a way that is different to English writers I was fascinated by the story A revolutionary or terrorist depending on your political views in Germany circa 1970 s 1980 s is pardoned after decades in jail and his friends all gather for the weekend out of curiosity, love and a sense of obligation to welcome him to freedom Being together creates them all to [...]

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    14. For such a short book there is really a lot to absorb here A bunch of middle aged friends gather in a dilapidated German country house for a weekend to celebrate their terrorist friend s pardon from prison Felt like I was missing something by not knowing about the failed German terrorist revolution of the 1970s, but aside from that most of the themes were universal In an amazingly short space Schlink s characters do a lot of soul searching, mostly comparing what they had dreamed their lives woul [...]

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    15. Schlink s latest foray into fiction is far concerned with ideas than with plot development and characterization Some critics were able to overlook this unusual format a continuous succession of conversations in favor of his astute exploration of the character and collective struggle of a country still mired in the horrors of its past Schlink skillfully mines the tension between the passionate idealism of youth and the nagging uncertainties of middle age in a cross between The Big Chill and a ta [...]

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    16. Reader review from Heather I ve just finished Bernhard Schlink s The Weekend.It s better than The Reader It took me 1 afternoon and 1 morning Couldn t put it down, a definite page turner 9 10 or 10 10.It s about terrorism in Germany Bader Meinhof gang and the Red Army Faction Can t believe he got so much into 221 pages Sorted out a lot of things for me in terms of German history, from 1410 to today, and including America nd the Arabs I liked the story within the story and the philosophy in it It [...]

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    17. From the author of The Reader which I liked much , The Weekend also takes up part of Germany s past, in this case the domestic terrorism of the 1970s I don t know if the problem is in the translation, but in parts of the book it s hard to figure who s doing the talking Shifting the perspective from one person to another in the same scene is frowned upon by writing teachers Schlink is certainly taking chances in using that technique and while I can understand why he tries it, I found the result d [...]

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    18. My friend Angela gave this to us and I really enjoyed the reading of it there is something about books chosen by others This contemporary weekend gathering of aged and former terrorists , Baader Meinhof members, symapthisers and survivors of 1970s dissent questions the use of violence, the reliability of memory and the nature of friendship and, in a complex way, it explores personal redemption through truth telling The translation seems appropriate to the themes and is easy to read Blissfully sh [...]

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    19. Great premise but didn t quite work This is a translation from the German and that may have been the problem for me I am only vaguely aware of the politics of which this group of people are were involved I think those native to Germany have of an understanding of what s going on here I didn t From Publishers WeeklyOld friends cautiously reunite at an isolated German estate after one of them is released from prison in Schlink s The Reader meditative novel on the past s grip on the present and th [...]

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    20. I m not sure that this novel from the author of the excellent The Reader really works The conflicts over how to deal with the release from prison of a German terorist make an interesting subject, and Schlink shows how it elicits different repsonses from different friends and relatives gathered for the weekend , but it all rather trails out inconclusively I rather lost interest towards the end, and felt that maybe the author had done as well.

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    21. Some bizarre navel gazing passages towards the end along with a lot of discussion on life lies It lost me sometimes Overall a decent read Explores far left terrorism in Germany and was quite enlightening in some aspects Would I read it again Probably not For a short novel it seemed quite long for some reason.

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    22. I wish the Weekend was of a week, really interesting developments and characters I just wanted space for them to operate in Particuarly the character and mystery spoiler alert of Jan, who although we get a hint of what happened to him I would have like .

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    23. Having read the Reader and being particularly impressed with how succinctly the author layered and described complicated social issues, I was looking forward to a rework of his talent in another novel Well, the disappointment was REAL I imagine I must pardon certain elements of it that are simply lost in translation but other matters cannot be overlooked The premise is interesting the premise is what got the single star a recently pardoned terrorist, Jorg, leaves jail and reunites with his famil [...]

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    24. Hola, qu tal Cuanto tiempo Por lo menos 20 a os, no M s o menos y qu tal llevas ahora que me tirara a tu mujer malas caras, gritos, alg n empuj n que otro, reproches y m s reproches y diez minutos despu s Venga, tom monos una copita de vino, por los viejos tiempos Prefiero que demos un paseo por el parque.Choca un poco este di logo, verdad Pues una impresi n parecida me llev yo con los di logos de esta novela Bueno, m s que con los di logos, con los inicios de los mismos Despu s, las malas caras [...]

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    25. The history of Germany in the last hundred years is fascinating and this book gives an interesting analysis of a particular aspect from a view some thirty years after the event In this book Schlink, rather than considering the effect on modern Germans of the second world war as he did famously in The Reader, is considering another disturbing period the 1970 s when internal terrorism and revolutionaries such as the Baader Meinhof gang were kidnapping and killing prominent German businessmen The s [...]

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    26. I bought this book when I just moved to Spb 7 years ago Finally I read it When I read the summary, I though Hm What a lovely way to spend the weekends book about german terrorism It seems I didn t read the summary when I picked up this book at the store However, I still remember how much I enjoyed reading other books by Schlink, that s why I decided it s time I read this one too.This book is fairly small and it s easy to read maybe because it s very dynamic It tells us about the first three days [...]

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    27. I really enjoyed this book I found it compulsively readable The writing was well done the story was believable and although the whole story is based over 2.5 days, I felt that the characters were fleshed out It all felt very real and elegantly done A very restrained and graceful piece The highlight for me were the conversations between Margarete and Henner they were beautifully done I m so glad that I stumbled upon this title I will absolutely read Schlink Great read A real pleasure.

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    28. Fascinating read A group of old comrades come together for the weekend to welcome out of prison one of their number who has served 22 years Bit by bit the relationships between the group become clearer and what has happened to them individually during the period since they planned or engaged in or discussed terrorist activities Their hopes and fears are revealed A complex book with many dimensions I read this in German and found it accessible.Would recommend this book to anybody interested in ho [...]

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