L'immortalité
by Milan Kundera
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I have absoultely adored every other book by Kundera that I've read but I just didn't care for this one at all. It started quite well with an interesting look at the way we are being photographed constantly and the way people long after immortality of some sort. The main character Agnes was quite intersting in her hatred of being constantly surronded by people. The first few pages were very beautifully done. But then I found I was starting to loose interest. For the book was almost a collection of mini essays disguised as a novel. The novelist at one point said that it was his intention to write a novel that could not be turned into a film. But it didn't make for much of an enjoying read. It was divided up into sections, some sections about the characters being created for the novel and the novelist and some about Goethe. As much as I like history and German Romantacism I found the parts about Goethe quite dull as they were all about this girl who wanted to have an affair with him and Kundera was very harsh on the girl. The plot then returned to Agnes' family. But I just couldn't bring myself to care about her sister or her husband. There was a lot of enforced gender roles that annoyed me. I kept reading because I liked his other books so much. I skimmed the last half towards the end hoping I'd start liking it again but alas it wasn't meant to be.

This was written in 1991, much later than his other books that I read and liked. So I think I won't try reading any more later ones. I was quite disappointed.
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The one actually titles 'the unbearable lightness of life'