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  1. says:

    I was hesitant to start this and figured for awhile that it would be one of those books that maybe I’d get around to or maybe I wouldn’t It just didn’t seem like something I’d enjoy – it seemed too soft or too po

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    This review is sung by Freddy Mercury to the tune of Bohemian RhapsodyIs this a fiction?Is this just fantasy?Not just a narrativeOf Czech infidelityReader four eyesLook onto the page and readI'm just a Prague boy I’ve sex with empathyBecause I'm easy come easy goA little high little lowAny Soviet era Czech knows unbearable lightness of beingGood Reads just read a bookPut a bookmark on the pagePlayed my audio now it’s readGood Reads the

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    There is probably one novel that is the most responsible for the direction of my post graduation European backpacking trip ten years a

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    Kundera is an unconventional writer to say the least If you are looking for fully fleshed characters or a smooth plot The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not for you Kundera merely uses plot and characters as tools or examples to explain his philosophy about life and that is what this novel is all about He will provide a glimpse of his characters' lives hit the pause button and then go on to explain all about what ju

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    256 Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí L’insoutenable légèreté de l’être The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1984 novel by Milan Kundera about two women two men a dog and their lives in the 1968 Prague Spring period of Czechoslovak history عنوانها «بار

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    I have a bone to pick with Kundera and his following People this has got to be the most over rated book of human history I mean references to infidelity alone even infidelity that makes use of funky costumes like '50s ganst

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    13% and I'm done I have had a run of books that have bored me or annoyed me or just did nothing for me This one is You know I don't even know how to describe this one I pretty much hated it from the first page I do not understand the high rating on Goodreads for this book I can barely stand the thought of picking it up again and

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    This book definitely wins the award for Most Pretentious Title Ever People would ask me what I was reading and I would have to respond by reading the title in a sarcastic Oxford Professor of Literature voice to make it clear that I was aware of how obnoxiously superior I sounded Honestly Kundera stop trying so hard Chill OutWhen I first started reading this book I really disliked it Kundera wastes the first two chapters on philoso

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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being was almost unbearable to read There was a lot of pseudo intellectual meanderi

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    The Unbelievable Lightness of The Novel I had started reading this in 2008 and had gotten along uite a bit before I stopped reading the book for some reason and then it was forgotten Recently I saw the book in a bookstore and realized that I hadn't finished it I picked it up and started it all over again since I was not entirely sure where I had left off last time I was sure however that I had not read than

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Librarian's note This is an Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN ISBN A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for Nesnesitelná lehkost PDFEPUB or her and his incorrigible womanizing one of his mistresses and. There is probably one novel that is the most responsible for the direction of my post graduation European backpacking trip ten years ago which landed me in Prague for two solid weeks Shortly before my friend Chad and I departed he mailed me a letter and directed me to get my hands on a copy of Milan Kundera s The Unbearable Lightness of Being Just read it he wrote Whatever else you do just read this book It is about everything in the worldBeing already a Kafka fan of some long standing I was uite open to another absurdly minded Czech telling the story of his city and by extension the rest of the world The title itself was familiar though not the author s name and I rather innocently mistook Kundera for a woman at first glance at the cover Suffice to say Kundera had me at the very first paragraph Has any other modern novel had such a wonderfully philosophical opening than this oneThe idea of eternal return is a mysterious one and Nietzsche has often perplexed other philosophers with it to think that everything recurs as we once experienced it and that the recurrence itself recurs ad infinitum What does this mad myth signifyIn two sentences the very first two Kundera not only manages to break several writing rules of style an exclamation mark followed by a direct address to the reader being the most obvious but he also succinctly sums up one of the most challenging philosophical concepts yet is wise enough to address it on its own terms as a mad myth From the earliest possible chance the author is telling us that he is indeed an intellectual that he writes energetically playfully and that serious Ideas with the full timbre basso profundo tolling out that capital I are the very pith and marrow of novels and are not to be stuffed labeled and set up high on a shelf reserved for great thoughts too refined and delicate to mingle among the common rabble of characters and dialogue and actionNeedless to say this is a heady mix the kind of thing to go straight to a recent college graduate with literature and philosophy on the brain And we haven t even touched on the sex yet Kundera s books are rife with sex sex is the other engine driving this dually powered writer sex both passionate and routine sex filled up with deep emotional meaning and sex stripped down to its tangible physicality sex as recurring motif in one s life illuminating greater insights into one s personality and sex as secret door into the aesthetics of our timeTo write as some have that the book is primarily about erotic encounters is as much as to say that Beethoven was a guy who played piano Instead it is a book about tyranny the large and the small the ones we endure and the ones we resist the ones we submit to for love and the ones that always rankle silently The tyranny of kitsch as understood by the novel kitsch to mean a subjective sentimental folding screen that hides away the sight of death The uestions that the book seeks to explore circle around the ideas of polar opposites truth and lies love and hate or indifference freedom and slavery heaviness and lightnessThe Kundera style is a very delightful bit and piecework manner We focus on one character that character s perceptions that character s perspectives in little miniatures some essay like that elaborate on the character s psychology or history Then we shift to another character and learn new things about that person sometimes touching on the same pieces we ve seen already It s like Rashomon but expansive drawing circles around lives and eras instead of merely one night s eventsPart of what Kundera does is move the story along through first one person then go back in time and retell only some of that story focused on a second person and demonstrate how our best attempts at comprehending each other remains woefully inadeuate There will always be layers fathoms below our drilling Yet at the same time Kundera moves the story forward stops switches character again and in this third instance either goes back to person number one or switches to person number three and repeats the process and repeats again What emerges is rather like conflicting court testimony multiple moving parts simultaneously illuminating their own motivations and obscuring others If there is a weakness to all of this it is that Kundera s novels sometimes develop the uality of theoretical exercises between characters embodying certain philosophical conceits While the author may touch the mind and the libido the heart often remains chilly There is a sense of artificiality when you stare too longly at the book s constructs as though the author were merely embodying an essay with puppets for illustrative purposes Though what precisely does lie behind our disagreements and disconnections from others than differing mental states We fall out of love with someone not because of the size of her bottom or his new haircut but because our lives shift in differing directions and we can no longer think in the same cohesive manner with the other person Our ideas become different What are our wants but our ideas given concrete form and targets Metaphors are dangerous the author writes than once throughout the novel Metaphors are not be trifled with A single metaphor can give birth to love So thinks the novel s hero Tomas the epic womanizer as he reflects on how he came to love Tereza who is soon his wife This couple a marriage dancing around secrets and each of the partner s inability to communicate finally the truth about who they are to their spouse is used for comparison and contrast with Franz a middle aged married professor in Switzerland who is in love with one of Tomas exiled Czech mistresses the artist Sabine Their stories are told against the backdrop of the Russian invasion and subjugation of Czechoslovakia during the Cold WarKundera twines their two stories together examining how love can either lift us up to heights of ecstasy or weigh us down with its solidity and unchangeable reality then poses the surprising uestion which condition should we view as the negative in binary opposition Is it the uncentered lack of gravity that makes love real and powerful or does that uality make us too airy and flighty unserious when we most need it Or rather can it be love s grounding uality that allows us to feel with stability the other s existence or does that weight merely pin us down smother us with its heft Can it be both Can it be that when couples part it is because what is lighter than a breeze for one has become a leaden drag on the otherThis is push and pull of ideas and language and sentiments is beautifully illustrated in the novel s third part titled Words Misunderstood in which Kundera examines how Sabina and Franz s inability to understand the terms the other uses leads to their separation This is done through a sort of anecdotal dictionary that allows each character to demonstrate their grasp of an idea The shortest bluntly captures some of the magic of this portion CEMETERY Cemeteries in Bohemia are like gardens The graves are covered with grass and colorful flowers Modest tombstones are lost in the greenery When the sun goes down the cemetery sparkles with tiny candles It looks as though the dead are dancing at a children s ball Yes a children s ball because the dead are as innocent as children No matter how brutal life becomes peace always reigns in the cemetery Even in wartime in Hitler s time in Stalin s time through all occupations When she felt low Sabina would get into the car leave Prague far behind and walk through one or another of the country cemeteries she loved so well Against a backdrop of blue hills they were as beautiful as a lullaby For Franz a cemetery was an ugly dump of stones and bonesAnd this too is part of the novel s recurring genius At every stage there is an elegiac note to happiness as though all these dances have been gone through before as though all love affairs even should Nietzsche be wrong carry within them the seeds of their own endings Franz and Sabina s inability to even understand each other on very basic levels dooms their romance from the beginning Their tragedy is commonplace and follows a pattern as though ritualizedTereza and Tomas marriage we see is held together only by each other s willingness to commit to it and to some third greater thing than either of themselves though what that third thing is neither of them understand For each of them separately it is a kind of death to be together and a kind of death to be apart and together their momentary happinesses are a kind of staving off of this specterKundera nicely ends The Unbearable Lightness of Being foreshadowing what happens later after the closing scenes which gives the novel a sadly sweet tone instead of merely tragic Instead of simply ending with death as a kind of negation the book closes with sleep part of the circling motif the cycle we go through our lives one passing hoopAfter my initial reading of the novel I found myself rereading it immediately going through all of it again underlining passages committing certain ones to memory Over the years I have returned again and again to this novel than many others much than Kundera s other novels despite my having read them repeatedly as well To return to Kundera s world is like reliving your best relationships and maybe your worst ones as well but reliving them as though you had been smarter wiser deeper at the time than you really were It is a kind of exorcism and a kind of nostalgia and it is a beautiful example of writing that matters beyond all else writing that matters

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Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí

T once existence seems to lose its substance its weight Hence we feel the unbearable lightness of being not only as the conseuence of our pristine actions but also in the public sphere and the two inevitably intertwine.. 13% and I m done I have had a run of books that have bored me or annoyed me or just did nothing for me This one is You know I don t even know how to describe this one I pretty much hated it from the first page I do not understand the high rating on Goodreads for this book I can barely stand the thought of picking it up again and reading of the words telling me things about characters that I could not possibly care less about We have Tomas whom we meet standing on his balcony and vacillating between whether he should ask a woman that he s in love with read met in a chance encounter and became infatuated with to move in with him He s saved from making any kind of fucking decision by her showing up on his doorstep literally with her bags packed and ready to move in Which she does And then she clings to him literally every night to the point that he controls her sleep patterns He even charmer that he is fucks with her partially asleep mind and tells her that he s leaving her forever so that she ll chase him and drag him back homeTereza that s the woman I had to look up her name begins to have nightmares that he s cheating on her and forcing her to watch after finding a letter from a woman in Tomas s drawer describing that very thing So then in the course of a sentence we learn that Tomas has never stopped womanizing then that he lied to Tereza about it then tried to justify it and now just tries to hide it from her but won t stop And she stays He gets her a dog because the dog will hopefully develop lesbian tendencies and love Tereza because Tomas can t cope with her and needs help So yes Tereza not only stays but marries himWhy shrug The book said so So then war comes and they relocate but after a while Tereza leaves Tomas taking the female dog that they named Karenin and now refer to using male pronouns Maybe to make Tomas feel as though Tereza has a lover as well Who knows This book is so stupid She leaves him and I think About frigging time There s no reason for her having decided to leave him NOW as opposed to any day of the 7 previous years of dreading him coming home smelling of another woman of fearing that every single woman she sees will be her husband s next conuest She decided to leave now because the book said so And then he realizes that he can t be without her and goes to her and she takes him back and then he realizes he feels nothing for her but mild indigestion and pressure in his stomach and the despair of having returned I am a character reader I need characters that I can identify with that I can understand maybe like but these were none of those things I don t know them I don t understand them I don t identify with them in any way and I don t want to I just want to stop reading about them And so I did

Download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ä Milan Kundera

Her humbly faithful lover these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events a world in which everything occurs bu. Kundera is an unconventional writer to say the least If you are looking for fully fleshed characters or a smooth plot The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not for you Kundera merely uses plot and characters as tools or examples to explain his philosophy about life and that is what this novel is all about He will provide a glimpse of his characters lives hit the pause button and then go on to explain all about what just happened the philosophy and psychology which drives the lives of his characters and often real lives as well In keeping with this format the novel is fragmentary in structure It is easy to see how a reader can get annoyed at the author s getting lost in his philosophical musings so very often But if you can find some meaning in those the novel just might work for youDecisions and dilemmas Kundera s characters seem to searching for an elusive something trying to find that perfect place in life where they would want to live forever However it is difficult to know for sure the direction in which that perfect place lies If they find their current lives suffocating going the other way could be liberating But is it worth leaving behind all that will be lost The moment they take a step ahead they begin feeling the pull of what they had just turned their back to Often the choice is not between perfection and imperfection it is a trade off The ability to shape our own lives to some extent at least is a power Sometimes it can be a burden too Specially when there is no way of knowing what waits for us at the next corner Do we choose being happy today at the expense of What ifs plaguing us tomorrow Or do we put us through an ordeal now in anticipation of it paying off in the future What if we end up in a mess unable to turn back And therein lies the whole of man s plight Human time does not run in circles it runs ahead in a straight line That is why man cannot be happy happiness is the longing for repetitionSometimes we can find the right answers only in retrospect We can never know what we want because living only one life we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come Kundera speaks of the irony of human life Having only one life to live makes the life choices difficult and onerous It is also because of this very fact of living only one life that these life choices do not have much weight in the bigger picture And it is this irony which causes the unbearable lightness of being The only thing that relieves us from this unbearable lightness are fortuitous occurences which love it or hate it have a say in making up our lives They human lives are composed like music Guided by his sense of beauty an individual transforms a fortuitous occurence Beethoven s music death under a train into a motif which then assumes a permanent place in the composition of the individual s life Love Kundera does not speak of love in a poetic all beautiful manner What happens when one of the characters packs her life in a suitcase and goes off to be with her lover Is there music in the air fluttering butterflies No Her stomach makes a rumbling sound the moment she sees her loverbecause she hasn t eaten anything all day If a love is to be unforgettable fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assisi s shouldersFinding love does not miraculously solve all their problems Love is often accompanied by jealousy mistrust lies deceit pain Yet they do find some strength in love and do all they can to hold on to it Love is a battle said Marie Claude still smiling And I plan to go on fighting To the endAlong with these Kundera touches upon a few other themes as well Some of those hit the right note while there were parts that I found trite or pretentious or simply lacking any sense Take this for example One of the characters sleeps with every other woman who crosses his path Kundera philosophizes his physical desire and explains it as a deep seated intellectual curiosity Naah I don t buy that Then there were pretending to be deep uotes that just went over my head Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous Metaphors are not to be trifled with A single metaphor can give birth to loveUmm WhatAnother thing I found odd was that the author breaks the fourth wall and tries to be defensive about the novel He comes in and explains how he is not just telling a story but investigating human lives He tells us that the characters are merely figments of his imagination so we shouldn t expect them to be realistic He tells us that it is wrong to chide a novel for mysterious coincidences so we shouldn t uestion the unrealistic events in the plotAgreed there are some flaws but I would have forgiven them even without the author explaining himself away