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The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
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Cecily It's a book I enjoyed and should probably reread, but if you can figure out why the Oxford Companion to Literature cites it as an example of magical realism, please let me know!


Alice magical realism?! nothing i've read so far would bring those words to mind!

the first couple of pages i was beginning to panic that i wasn't going to understand a single word of it but thankfully after that it settled down a bit!!


Cecily It certainly has its own style: relax, go with it and enjoy.


message 4: by Alice (last edited Nov 12, 2008 02:49AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Alice I think I know what The Oxford Companion was referring to now with the magical realism reference. Last night I read a bit and he was talking about fate and how things happen just through a whole series of coincidences. He refers to coincidences as being 'mystical' shortly after stating "necessity knows no magic formulae - they are all left to chance".

The reality of life is so much just left to chance. things just happen because they do. And it can seem magical but really it is just reality. Hence 'magical realism'?

just an idea!


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