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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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message 1: by Mike (last edited Jul 06, 2018 05:12PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mike July's read. A deep philosophical novel. I found it both intellectually stimulating and challenging.


Irene | 1550 comments I read this about 2 years ago. Here is the review I wrote at the time.


This is a complex philosophical essay couched in the guise of a novel about two womanizing men, their respective wives and the mistress they have in common. At the outset of the book, the author notes that people regard heaviness, being tied down by obligations, weighed down by the mundane as something negative while viewing lightness, the freedom to soar above tedious commitments and the unending repetition of the ordinary as a positive. But, is lightness really what brings happiness and fulfillment? Where do we find meaning and contentment? While asking this question through the life choices of these characters, the same question is asked of history particularly that of Czechoslovakia under Communist rule. Historical events that do not repeat themselves have no meaning claims the author. These and other themes such as the nature of love and the way individuals and society construct meaning out of reality are all touched on in this very complicated book. (less)


Phoenix | 46 comments I know I am way behind on this book and no one is going to read this post, but it is completely stunning. So thought provoking, and so complicated and human.


Irene | 1550 comments I read your post. What thoughts did it provoke for you?


Alana (alanasbooks) | 1189 comments Mod
This was my review:

Overall, this book wasn't what I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's definitely very philosophical, which is fine... I kind of got lost in the poetry of the words and thoughts, more than actually following the flow of the story, but I think that was kind of the idea. There are some very weird moments (this is NOT a kid-friendly book) and definitely not fast-paced, but if you want something to ponder and take in slowly, it's something worth stewing over for awhile.


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