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The Unbearable Lightness of Being | [Milan Kundera]

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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."
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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." A major achievement from one of the world's truly great writers, Milan Kundera's magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.

©1984 Milan Kundera (P)2012 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 02-23-13
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 02-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An Absolute Joy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. A delightful jigsaw of stories overlaid with non-judgemental "light" philosophical asides.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

    I enjoyed several of the "philosophical" tangents that the narrator took. They added depth to the story, gave us insight into the characters that we'd not have gleaned from the story alone, creating humanity beyond what would be in a more conventional storyline. A third dimension.


    What about Richmond Hoxie’s performance did you like?

    My impression is that Richmond Hoxie was extremely familiar with the book. He had just the right levity at times when it was needed but also created the characters perfectly.


    If you could rename The Unbearable Lightness of Being, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This book lives up to it's hype. Worth the time, extremely enjoyable. More than "just a story".

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  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "Strives to be deep"

    There are parts of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed. There are moments of great beauty through skilful prose and a thoughtful story. However, I think you can only enjoy an opinionated book if you agree with the opinions expressed. Unfortunately, in enough of the cases to spoil it, I did not.
    My other complaint is quoting the ancients to prove your point rather than illustrate it. Euclid was a truly great mind - it took us a couple of thousand years to show his work as incomplete, but eventually we moved past him.
    I would go as far as to say I could possibly be a fan of the author, but not the philosopher.
    I know others have found this book very deep and enjoyable - it is well written, so I am wary of putting another reader off it just because I didn't enjoy parts of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Alnwick, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A wistful and wise sideways look at "reality""

    Kundera's work is always profound. His characters face all the usual dilemmas thrown at us by life and the complex business of being "human". Some characters soar above the mundane, others are sucked down by it. Kundera never tires of throwing us the deep questions - the plot is richly drawn with a sweet and sour mixture of humour and sorrow. This is provocative philosophy wrapped in a vivid sugar coating of human endeavour and intrigue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    3/19/13
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    "Something to fall asleep to in the bath"

    Listened to this for roughly thirty minutes and twenty of those i spent asleep so i think that sums it up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Gave up half way"
    What would have made The Unbearable Lightness of Being better?

    I just lost interest, wasn’t sure where the story was going and there a few disturbing themes at times. I did not enjoy it at all. Sorry.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Milan Kundera again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was very pleasant clear and I happily listen to her again.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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