peteg's blog - noise - books - 2012 02 28 Kundera TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing

Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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An old friend. I like Kundera's meditation on the relation between lightness and heaviness, which is the positive and which the negative, but the book stalls almost completely when he gets bogged down in kitsch at the three-quarters mark. In 1984 it may have looked like Communism was the thousand-year reich, and I guess you've got to forgive an old emigre his fixations. I liked the characters, flawed and all, and am looking forward to seeing the movie again.