One of Bernhard Schlink's secrets stems from his art of telling stories by interweaving the standpoints of different generations in the very same life story. Olga is another very well-done example of that.
In this moving book Bernhard Schlink resurrects the last traces of an unfulfilled love, with his trademark, sophisticated nostalgia.
Bernhard Schlink, whose The Reader we haven't forgotten, impresses again with Olga.
Schlink is a brilliant stylist; this bittersweet love affair is deeply moving.
The third part of the novel - letters Olga writes to Herbert after he's set out for the Arctic - is the most beautiful. Here, the camera finally zooms in and we learn of Olga's feelings, how she's torn between hope and fear, love and anger at her lover, who has left her for a madcap expedition.
[Schlink] takes up motifs from his most famous work The Reader. Olga, who fights to be allowed to continue her education, seems like an alternative draft of the illiterate Hannah, whose lacking abilities led to her becoming a concentration camp guard during the Nazi era.
Olga is captivating. Bernhard Schlink tells the story in lucid, serene language. He is a master of this warm, pleasant tone, which has a hint of the old-fashioned to it.
Schlink tells a gripping, true-to-life story which startles you with its unforeseen twists, and not only makes you think, but feel too.
Schlink was and is an author for readers who love intelligently told stories. And they won't be disappointed by Olga.
Everything points towards Olga being a new bestseller which can pick up where the international success of The Reader left off. In other words: not to be missed!