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review 2018-01-28 16:55
Two Men, Two Women and A Dog in The Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Michael Henry Heim,Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not everyone's read. For one, there is so much to follow on this book that the true nature of it is the topic that covers about love, infidelity, sexuality, obsession and lust. Its about two men, two women and a dog and how their lives are intertwine from one another based on Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of eternal recurrence.


I do enjoy reading it as it is funny, enlightening and enjoyable in my own account. I do understand its philosophical approach about love and sex and communism, where one felt some lightness of what Tomas desires and the weight burden of what Tereza felt when she was with him. Freedom is the main exploration of what adults do to each of their own. Where else love is a burden when it comes to relationships (that's how Tomas views it), in many interpretations it views differently for other characters.


For me, its a book I am not sure who to recommend. I can say this book gives me a different view how things happen for a reason, and we have only one life to choose from and no other better decisions will make it better as there is no point in comparing any thing. In my own personal opinion, I do find this one of the better reads in modern literature.

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quote 2016-05-03 14:23
“Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”

“There is no perfection only life”

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review 2016-02-12 19:44
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera



I just found my new favourite! I'm still astonished by the flow of sentences and the way he dissects his characters  - with love that's not easy to find in modern literature. I recommend it to all my followers!

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text 2016-02-04 20:05
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 374 pages.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

I think this will be a fast read. Something about the flow of pauses and sentences. Not sure if i'll like it, though, but it's too early to say.

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review 2014-11-01 00:00
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera,Michael Henry Heim I had wanted to read this book for years, and I suppose the passage of time increased the height of the pedestal of expectation upon which I placed it. While I can't say that I am entirely disappointed, I can't say that it wow-ed me either. Personally, I found the work to be pregnant with implied pathos, but it remained pretty much that way -- implied. The characters seems to struggle massively with decisions and consequences of those decisions -- (rinse and repeat) -- so in all, it seemed like reading a very great wheel of mental and emotional suffering and anguish. The peaks and valleys in the plot were more like bumps on the road, and in spite of a few bright spots, elicited more wincing from me than the enjoyment of a smooth literary ride.
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