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Immortality by Milan Kundera
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One of 3 books I would take to a desert island. A beautiful discussion on the nature of our legacy, what we decide to leave or not leave when we die. How that changes in time and how we can not do anything about it. Especially relevant to artists and writers. Delves into the nature of love and families while he is at it. It would take a life time to discuss this book.
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Melissa Hm... do you agree with the opinion of the author about immortality? Did you read the chapter about immortality in "a crossing or the drop's history" by Anatoliy Obraztsov?


Shelly Melissa, what is the authors view point on immortality? I felt he was offering options on how to approach the subject. Each had there merits but it was for you to decide what is best for you. But I think he was pretty clear it is a futile struggle. I'm sorry I'm not familiar with the other book you mentioned.


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Melissa Shelly wrote: "Melissa, what is the authors view point on immortality? I felt he was offering options on how to approach the subject. Each had there merits but it was for you to decide what is best for you. But I..."
I see your point and understand what you said. You didn't read? Recommend


Shelly I've read immortality twice. Once in my 20's and once in my 40's. immortality is a complex topic and even though Kundera offered many ways to look at it I wouldn't presume to know his personal viewpoint. If you read it and felt differently I would like to know. I was curious your thoughts on the subject.


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Melissa Shelly wrote: "I've read immortality twice. Once in my 20's and once in my 40's. immortality is a complex topic and even though Kundera offered many ways to look at it I wouldn't presume to know his personal view..."

I even don't know how to answer... Kundera sometimes seems strange... in my opinion and I don't understand some of his viewpoint. Comparing with the book of Obraztsov where he's very clear. But some important moments of Kundera's thoughts I understand.


Shelly It's just one of those books you have to keep coming back to. If nothing else to see how much you have grown. Happy reading. :)


Kevin I am curious - what are the other two books you would bring? Immortality is one of my favorites.


Shelly Kevin. I would bring Infinite Jest and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. All three books I could read over and over again.


Kevin Thanks, Shelly. I need to move Infinite Jest further up on my to-read list.


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