Thursday, September 24, 2009

June Reading 1/2

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera

If you've spent any time talking to me this past week, you've probably heard me raving about this book. I won't go as far to say I loved every second of it, I could have done without The Grand March, but even there there are many great points being made. Here is a quick summary:
Tomas is a Czech surgeon and he meets and falls in love with Tereza. Tomas also has a slew of mistresses, most important of which is Sabina, Sabina gets Tereza a job as a photographer in Prauge at the same magazine she works for, Russians invade, T2 get a dog, everyone goes to Switzerland, Tereza is still unhappy, moves back to a now sealed Prague with the dog, Tomas follows her and writes a letter comparing violent communists to Oedipus, he is essentially blacklisted, can't practice medicine. Sabina begins and affair with a married man, Franz, who is mostly a dreamer, he ends up leaving his wife for her. Sabina dose not approve of this and leaves him and goes to France. Tomas an Tereza move to the country. Everyone dies, including the dog.

Structure: ***1/2
Story: ****

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