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The Ultimate Intimacy

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When a beautiful stranger comes to hear him preach, Pastor Daniel Vedra soon finds himself falling in love with another man's wife. With the brilliance and humanity that have made him a major figure in world literature, Ivan Klima explores the universal themes of love, adultery and God.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 4th 1998 by Grove Press (first published 1997)
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Sep 06, 2007 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, particularly because it was required reading for an anthropology class on sexuality. It's the story of a Czech minister who has an adulterous affair with a woman who visits his church. There were two things that I really thought were done well in this book. One of them is point of view. The story is told through the first person point of view of several characters, the letters sent between these characters, and the personal journals of t ...more
Tim Petersik
The Czech writer (Klima) and the Czech reader (me). I liked this better than "Love and Garbage." Here, a Czech cleric becomes attracted to a woman who recently turned up in church. To no reader's surprise, an affair ensues, although the woman is married (I forget if the minister is). The real interest develops as these two struggle with the moral issues raised by their behavior. You could say she gets closer to God while he gets further away.
Persephone Abbott
A pastor discovers he’s beginning to think that the Bible is not written as a self-help guide for those that break the Ten Commandments. Perhaps the Bible is just a way to blackmail those that sin along the lines of defined sin. Is love the highest state of being, and forgiveness the greatest achievement? Can they be as one, as a jam packed sandwich, the ultimate intimacy? Is the woman, possibly a self-absorbed espoused courtesan or a desperate destructor aiming to collect love like pinning butt ...more
Furi Curi
Getting near the end, I felt like the rest of the book was unnecessary, but Klima obviously likes to develop, and create, which he does. I didn't enjoy the translated style. But there are more important messages to be read. I was a bit waiting for a ravishing detail about the first infidelity encounter, which instead was one short line, something like, "Then they made love." Sometimes I think the nature of love is to be described, the middle parts, the endings, but I'm also an exaggerated perver ...more
Sep 18, 2008 Eszter marked it as to-read
i've been trying to track down this book for a while now; it sounds very weird, very lusty, very czech. basically, everything i look for in a book (or a person).

i bought it yesterday. there is this guy i've found who sells secondhand eastern european literature off of a card table near washington square park. i should probably set up a direct payment plan with him.
Too long, too repetitive, too close to home. A minister struggles with his faith and his deceit.
Debra Baumann
Beautiful and insightful.
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Ivan Klíma (born 14 September 1931, Prague, born as Ivan Kauders) is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.

Klíma's early childhood in Prague was happy and uneventful, but this all changed with the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, after the Munich Agreement. He had been unaware that both his parents had Jew
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