It's Thursday. A Literary Hop Thursday to be exact.
As always, thanks to the ladies at the Blue Bookcase for hosting this fantastic event.
This week's prompt is:
Talk about one author that you love and why his or her writing is unique. Please be specific
As I was babbling about before, I love quite a few authors but if I have to pick one for this post I'm going to go with Milan Kundera. It was a tough choice but my one of my best friends just started reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being at my request and Kundera is now fresh in my mind. Back in the summer of 09 I was looking for some really fantastic books to sink my teeth into. This was a time before I'd started this blog and the best resource I knew of on the internet was a very nice, but someone limited community on livejournal that compiled reviews and recommendations. I came across some girl talking about The Unbearable Lightness of Being and I went straight to Barnes and Noble to pick it up. I tore through Unbearable Lightness that day and spent the rest of the summer devouring the likes of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Immortality, Slowness, The Farewell Waltz and Ignorance. In the end I didn't end up liking everything Kundera wrote, but I did love his consistency.
As a writer Kundera focuses on Philosophy in his fiction. I've always found this adds an extra level to his novels. There is the story, then there is the theory he is seeding throughout. It's not always effective, and it's easy for readers to find his work pretensions, but there are some true gems in his work. Some of my favorite quotes are from Kundera novels, and if just for that he can remain in my top three.
"People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past."
"You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange."
"Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost."Hope everyone is staying dry and safe in this crazy weather!