yes, pretty good story spotted with brilliant philosophical observations. Not as much meat on the bones as Unbearable Lightness... but good enough and I don't reckon it'd disappoint a Kundera fan. It'd be a good taster for reader new to him, before taking on other works, maybe:)...Continua
This is a much better book than "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".
Maybe it's because this story is shorter with fewer characters and it's easier to follow. Irena and Josef met once by chance in their youth in Czechoslovakia. They then went their separate ways - Irena to France and Josef to Denmark - as immigrants. 20 years later, the fall of Communism brought the two back together in their home country.
The plot is simple, but the characters' eventful lives spanning 20 years and their complex feelings on immigration and return to the motherland are succinctly depicted in just under 200 pages. As in his other works, Milan Kundera also took every opportunity to share his thoughts on Communism, nationalism, relationship and of course, sex.
I don't know why, but I find this book more palatable than "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". Maybe I am getting old ......Continua
What can I say? I'm biased and LOVE Kundera's work. Not as good as Unbearable Lightness of Being, but Kundera's philosophical approach towards concepts such as love, memory,nostalgia and return are fantastic. A must read if you love Kundera.