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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2014, writers-from-the-other-europe, own

Brilliant in parts, but also messy and uneven. It is a twisting novel of lovers, sex, names, poets, poltiics, borders, history, memory, nations and being. It slides from one original idea into another like remote lovers in a well lubricated orgy of ideas. I don't know if it loses me because I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being so much more, or if Kundera just failed to grab me by the intellectual shorthairs. I'm almost positive I would probably rate it higher if I had the chance to tease out the flesh a bit more. It reads (not in specifics, just in style and tone) like someone took several Wim Wenders films and randomly spliced pieces from his oevre; sometimes backwards, sometimes upsidedown, frequently disorienting.

- Robert Farwell / Edward Jones library / Mesa, AZ 2014
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Reading Progress

April 22, 2014 – Started Reading
April 22, 2014 – Shelved
April 22, 2014 –
page 138
April 23, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
April 23, 2014 – Finished Reading
May 4, 2018 – Shelved as: writers-from-the-other-europe
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: own

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