Milan Kundera: Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí

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 say 30 pages or so I definitely could not remember reading it for a long period of time I only remembered starting it and bits and pieces about infidelities and the russian occupation of the Czech And so I started reading it sure that soon a page will come from where the story will be fresh and unread I was soon into the fiftieth page and was amazed that as I read each page I could distinctly remember every scene every philosophical argument even the exact uotes and the seuence of events that was to come immediately after the scene I was reading But I could never remember try as I might what was coming two pages further into the novel This is what comes from reading serious books lightly and not giving them the attention they deserve I chastised myself angry at the thought that my habit of reading multiple books in parallel must have been the cause of this I must at the risk of appearing boastful say that the reason this bothered so much was that I always used to take pride in being able to remember the books that I read almost verbatim and this experience of reading a book that I had read before with this sense of knowing and forgetting at the same time the two sensations running circles around each other and teasing me was completely disorienting I felt like I was on some surreal world where all that is to come was already known to me but was still being revealed one step out of tune with my timeIn any case this continued to my bewilderment well into the two hundredth page Even now I could not shake the constant expectation that the story was going to go into unread new territories ust 2 or 3 pages ahead of where I was Every line I read I could remember having read before and in spite of making this mistake through so many pages I still could not but tell myself that this time surely I have reached the part where I must have last closed the book three years agoThus I have now reached the last few pages of the book and am still trying to come to terms with what it was about this novel that made me forget it even though I identified with the views of the author and was never bored with the plot Was this an intentional effect or EMT-B Field Guide just an aberration Will I have the same feeling if I picked up the book again a few years from today I also feel a slight anger towards the author for playing this trick on me for leading me on into reading the entire book again without giving me anything new which I had not received from the book on my first reading Usually when I decide to read a book again I do it with the knowledge that I will gain something new with this reading but Kundera gave me none of thatWhat I do appreciate about this reading experience is this as is stated in the novel anything that happens only once might as well have not happened at all does it then apply that any novel that can be read only once might as well have not been read at allBeethoven The Art of The SublimeTo conclude I will recount an argument from the book that in retrospect helps me explain the experienceKundera talks yes the book is full of Kundera ripping apart the Fourth Wall and talking to the reader to the characters and even to himself about an anecdote on how Beethoven came to compose one of his best uartets due to inspiration from a sillyoke he had shared with a friend So Beethoven turned a frivolous inspiration into a serious uartet a oke into metaphysical truth Yet oddly enough the transformation fails to surprise us We wo. In The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his inco.

Uld have been shocked on the other hand if Beethoven had transformed the seriousness of his uartet into the trifling oke First as an unfinished sketch would have come the great metaphysical truth and last as a finished masterpiece the most frivolous of Maestro jokes I would like to think that Kundera achieved this reverse proposition with this novel and that explains how I felt about it And yes I finished reading the second last line of the book with the full awareness of what the last line of the novel was going to be 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 philosophical ramblings before he finally gets around to telling the story and even then his own voice darts in and out of the story interjecting his own opinion into the plot It s like trying to watch a movie with the director s commentary playing in the background all you can think is shut up and let me watch the movie in peace I also thought he was trying way too hard to be a Critically Acclaimed Author for example 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 loveUmsure Why not But once he decides to relax a little and actually tell a coherent story it becomes really engrossing I was never crazy about Tomas and Tereza who love each other despite the fact that Tomas is a selfish man whore Kundera phrased it poetically but that s basically the truth but I think I understood them Also the last 50 some pages of the book were AMAZING made me cry and are the reason this book gets four stars instead of three 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 256 Nesnesiteln lehkost byt L insoutenable l g ret de l tre 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 1987 2007 1365 275 20 1364 178 1381 127 20 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 whatust 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 Judgment Under Uncertainty 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 hadust 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 Rrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover This magnificent novel uxtaposes geographically distant places brill.

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E 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 ealousy 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 Sencillamente mindfulness 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 notust 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 This review is sung by Freddy Mercury to the tune of Bohemian RhapsodyIs this a fictionIs this No vine para quedarme just fantasyNotust a narrativeOf Czech infidelityReader four eyesLook onto the page and readI m Helpful Paws 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 Readsust read a bookPut a bookmark on the pagePlayed my audio now it s readGood Reads the book had ust begunBut now I ve read all Milan had to sayGood Reads oooDidn t mean to make you sighIf I m not. Iant and playful reflections and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great write.

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Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975 where he became a naturalized French citizen in 1981 He is best known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and The JokeKundera has written in both Czech and French He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not considered tr