The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover -- these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lo...more
“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” is the story about love in a time of despotism. During the Prague Spring of 1968, Tomas, an intellectual Czech brain surgeon, sexually conquers scores of women in a vain attempt to try to forget that he, himself, is neither free nor living a meaningful life. Reality crashes when Tomas falls in love with Tereza and when the Soviets crush the...more
Kundera is an unconventional writer, to say the least. If you are looking for fully fleshed characters or a smooth plot, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not for you. Kundera merely uses plot and characters as tools or examples to explain his philosophy about life, and that is what this novel is all about. He will provide a glimpse of his characters' lives, hit the pause button and then go on to explain all about what just happened, the philosophy and psychology which drives the lives of his...more
I had started reading this in 2008 and had gotten along quite a bit before I stopped reading the book for some reason and then it was forgotten. Recently, I saw the book in a bookstore and realized that I hadn't finished it. I picked it up and started it all over again since I was not entirely sure where I had left off last time. I was sure however that I had not read more than, say, 30 pages or so.
I definitely could not remember reading it for a long peri...more
the book is propelled alon...more
Being already a Kafka fan of some long-standing,...more
ميلان كونديرا أعادني من جديد الى عالم الروايات المترجمة الذي كنت برحته منذ زمن ليس بقليل ..
من أين جاء كونديرا بكل هذه الفلسفه ...وهذه المعاني الراقيه
يطرح كونديرا تساؤل عميق حول "" إمكانيةإدانة ما هو زائل؟ "" بمعني هل يمكننا الحكم على صحه او خطأ أفعالنا أن كانت حياتنا هي واحده فقط ...
وعلى ضوء هذه الأشكالية الفلسفيه العميقه يقص علينا حكاية الدكتور توماس وحياته ...الصدف التي تحكمت فيها و إختياراته التي تسببت في تغيير مساراها أكثر من مره ...
الدكتور توماس كا...more
After reading the first few chapters of the book, I wrote a note to myself that said "If Love in the Time of Cholera is a representative of La...more
A philosophical window into love, passion, jealousy, and duty--set during the Russian invasion of the Czechoslovakia. When you read this, you will re-evaluate your relationships--past and present--and wo...more
هل هي رواية أم تحليل نفسي أم فلسفة حياة أم إعادة تناول لمفاهيم الحياة؟
هل هي جانب من الحياة أم كل الحياة؟؟
بدايةً هي أول قراءاتي لكونديرا ولن تكون الأخيرة بعد قراءتي لهذه الراوية، فقبل أي شئ بهرني أسلوب كونديرا في السرد، وللحق سألقبه بـ "الحكاء الذكي" نعم فهو يتمتع بقدر من الذكاء ما يجعلك تعض اناملك بعد كل سطر تقرأه ، لا بل كل سطر يهمس به في أذنك من شدة الانبهار، فلم أشعر معه بملل ورتابة الروايات بل شعرت به يهمس في أذني بتفاصيل الرواية، إحترم وقدر القارئ في كل...more
When I bought this book years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I was still the immature kid who wanted to show an air of superiority then, and I thought that having this book in my library would add to the effect.
But I did not read it immediately. Maybe I was too busy then? My best friend saw this book and she borrowed it. Coincidentally, she was trying to call me from London last night, but I was not able to take her call because I was in deep slumber. B...more
When I first started reading this book, I really disliked it. Kundera wastes the first two chapters on philosophical ramblings before he finally gets around to telli...more
هذه الرواية كالحلم تعبر به الى عوالم الداخل الانسانية تساؤلات عظيمة طِرحت عن ... المصير...الاختيار... المسؤلية …. الحمل "ثقيله وخفيفه"...حاله من الافكار الوجودية مع خلفية سياسية اقتصادية ذات ايقاع انساني يعرج على الثقافة والحضارة والإيمان والفن.......more
Only wannabe Lotharios who pride themselves as philosophers would enjoy this.
I tried. I really did.
So I'm starting the book and it riffs a bit on Nietzsche's idea of the eternal return. I can't decide if this is profound or half-baked or both. I'm not convinced that the paradigm of lightness and weight is the...more
Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.
Tereza saw herself threatened by women, all women. All women were potential mistresses for Tomas, and she feared them all.
Ouch. That one brought back some not-so-good memories.
Her soul had lost its onlooker's curiosity, its malice and pride; it had retreated deep into the body again, to the farthest gut, w...more
This is a story of two couples:
Couple 1: Tomas and Tereza - he is a doctor and she used to be a waitress before their life together. He is a pathological womanizer but he rationalizes that it...more
Also, one of the characters had a thing for fingering people in the butt. Unless I'm reading male gay erotica, I don't like ass play in my novels.
ليس فقط التساؤلات إنما أسلوب الرواية الذي دفعني للتفكير ، و الإختلاء بنفسي و الحديث مطولاً عن ما اعتبره خفة و عمّا احتمله من ثقل محبب.
أعجبني أسلوب الكاتب في طرحه أفكاره الفلسفية وبعض التحليلات النفسية و الإجتماعية للشخصبات و الأحداث.
بيّن جانب مختلف للرجل المحب للنساء "توماس" ،نفى بعض الإعتقادات التي كانت تسكن داخلي.
كنت اعتقد مسبقا إن الحب بإمكانه أن يجعل من هذا النوع من الرجال مخلصاً ، هذا أحدهم ، أم الإعتقاد الآخر، أن هذا...more
Life is like a Choose You...more
There was something about this book that annoyed me very much, and I really did struggle to read it from a subjective point of view, however, the scenarios seemed so outrage...more
بار هستی ( یا سبکی تحمل ناپذیر هستی ) را شاید بتوان مشهورترین اثر میلان کوندرا دانست این کتاب در ایران هفده بار به چاپ رسیده است . بار هستی تفکر و کاوش درباره زندگی انسان و فاجعه تنهایی او در جهان است .
کوندرا مفاهیم فلسفی را در قالب رمان به نحوی مطرح می کند که خوا...more
To be quite frank the characters were boring. The prose was uninteresting. There was no emotion, no real depth, and how many times to I have to hear about hi...more
The story revolves around the relationship between an adulterous husband and his longsuffering wife. Normally I refuse to read novels in which the autho...more
My favorite passage. On its own, not so poignant, but read the book, maybe it'll strike you, too:
"We all need someone to look at us. We can be divided into four categories according to the kind of look we wish to live under.
Putting it negatively, the myth of eternal return states that a life which disappears once and for all, which does not return, is like a shadow, without weight, dead in advance, and whether it was horrible, beautiful, or sublime, its horror, sub...more
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Kundera has written in both Czech and French. He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not conside...more