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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
    • Narrated By Richmond Hoxie
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

    Betty says: "A THOUGHTFUL JOURNEY"
    "I am every character"
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    If you could sum up The Unbearable Lightness of Being in three words, what would they be?

    Estrujar el alma


    What other book might you compare The Unbearable Lightness of Being to and why?

    I've seen glimpses of the books it references, such as "Anna Karinina" of Tolstoy in the over all feeling.
    Also I drew some parallels in the story telling of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez. It also follows time and tragedy.

    It is also very unique.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There have been too many to count. Two that I remember most clearly are the of the bowler hat, and the other is of the park benches in the river.


    Any additional comments?

    It is unique to me in the sense that there is no named character that is not fully fleshed out, and each character is the best and the worst in everyone. There is no character I don't love, and none that I don't hate. I can clearly see myself in all of them.

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