The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

One day I will choose lighter subject matter. Not this day. The first page of this lovely novel explains Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence- the difference between repeating our lives over and over again and living them once. The former is heavy, the latter is light.

The novel deals with that concept through several interconnected stories – what is the weight of our decisions? What is their burden?

As is a recurring Bookstravaganza theme, I really enjoyed this book. I powered through 200 pages of it with my favorite reading buddy last night (he was reading Alan Moore) and finished it this morning on the bus. The characters were all well-developed (even the dog, guys, the dog was well-developed) and Kundera explored love and sex in a way that reminded me a lot of Alain de Botton. If, you know, Alain de Botton was Czech. It read a lot like Botton’s Essays in Love, tying philosophical concepts into the narrative in an engaging and accessible way. I’m a fan.

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2 responses to “The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

  1. Nice short review of my very favourite book! i love reading how people interpret this book and you are right about the dog 😀 Oh sweet Karenin 🙂 thanks for reminding me how brilliant this book is 🙂

  2. Pingback: Bookstravaganza 2012: This is what it is. | Bookstravaganza Bros·

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