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The Joke by Milan Kundera
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There was a time when I read a lot of Milan Kundera but with the exception of The joke they have blended together in my memory.

The novel is a twist on a revenge novel like The Count of Monte Cristo. There has been a wrong here too and the perpetrator of it has moved in the Hero's love. The digging though is part of the punishment and not a means to escape. The twist though is that the attempt at revenge goes awry.

What we see instead is a series of contrasts between the plans, hopes and expectations that people lay upon those who surround them and how all of them go miss as people slip out of the roles intended for them.

The last joke in the novel will amuse most those who find the idea of people taking laxitives accidently funny (what, the idea doesn't make you smile, why it was only his pride that was hurt).
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