Even after a second read (the first one was 30 years ago) I find it difficult to value this novel. What is it really about? A handsome Prague doctor, Tom. Transcript of De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan. Milan Kundera – 1/04/ nu – Geboren in Tsjechië – Sinds in Frankrijk – Docent. Buy De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan 01 by Milan Kundera, Jana Beranová (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices.

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This guy is not messing around! It was ok but nothing extraordinary. Return to Book Page. HardcoverDe Morgen Bibliotheek: Kundera is an unconventional writer, to say the least.

If you are looking for fully fleshed characters or a smooth plot, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not for you. The paradox he is most fond of is the essential identity of opposites and he is never hesitant to express vsn time and again So my second reading ondrraaglijke much better, but I still have my doubts.

The I completed the book and I could not decide if I loved it or hated it. I think Kundera attacks you over and over again with his points and images until they sound heh dogma, much in the same way that the communist party was fond of doing. Tereza knows he’s having sex because his hair smells–ALL the time–like a woman’s groin.

Was he trying to argue that because human existence and the course of a life is the ondrxaglijke of a series of seemingly arbitrary contingencies, it is meaningless?

But is it worth leaving behind all that will be lost? In the case of this particular novel, I ended up feeling somewhat lukewarm about it in terms of “liking it” and therefore rated it with three stars, even as I am willing to assert that in terms of its literary quality it may deserve something a bit higher.


De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan by Milan Kundera. I hated them both, honestly. Het huis is een op het oog niet per se bewoonbaar samenspel van hellingen, van ruimtes waarin de arme Tereza vrij zicht heeft op de gang waardoor Tomas de benen neemt naar zijn minnaressen. Guided by his sense of beauty, re individual transforms a fortuitous occurence Beethoven’s music, death under a train into a motifwhich then assumes a permanent place in the composition of the individual’s life.

Then there were pretending-to-be-deep quotes that just went over my head. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View all 9 comments. View all 13 comments. But maybe it’s just my general dislike and mistrust for neurotics in so called great literature talking. Somehow, that makes this review seem even more disrespectful. View all 25 comments. Ondraaglimke disliked that about him, but I still found him an interesting character who had some perceptive observations to share.

I can’t figure out if he is just the best looking guy EVER I don’t remember anything pointing to thator if Czech women are just culturally conditioned to be perpetually horny and indiscriminate. I am giving it a 3 because at the end of it I still can’t make up my mind. He will provide a glimpse of his characters’ lives, hit the pause button and then go on to explain all about what just happened, the philosophy and psychology which drives the lives of his characters and often real lives as well.

Today, of course, the body is no longer unfamiliar: The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan

Then I learned the extent of his womanizing, and it robbed him of all credibility, as vxn as I’m concerned. Lichthdid heet een essayistisch schrijver te zijn, maar hij is een uitlegschrijver: And yet, you, the reader, are never in control of the flow. The body was a cage, and inside the cage was something which looked, listened, feared, thought, and marveled; that something, that remainder left over after the body had been accounted for, was the soul.


I ondraaglikje saw the movie based on the book. Beautiful, poetic sentence, but what does that do to enlighten the relationship between Tomas and Tereza? On pagehe’s getting tired who wouldn’t be!! Er was ook de film. Kundera pays much attention to the unfaithfulness of Tomas, to the role of sex, attraction, excitement and disgust in human relations, and to the death-dreams of Tereza often ondragalijke the form of executions.

He comes in and explains how he is not just telling a story, but investigating human lives. Eigenlijk zou achterin elk boek een knipsel moeten zitten.

It is also because of this very fact of living only one life that these life choices do not have much weight in the bigger picture. The atmosphere of living under a totalitarian regime gradually becomes more apparent in the lives of the primary characters and in the awareness of the reader. Does he have a real message, or is he just offering a divertimento on some metaphysical questions?

Marc (Antwerp, 01, Belgium)’s review of De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan

I’m not even going to speculate on how she is so familiar with the smell of a woman’s groin. He was unable to identify himself with so alien and unfamiliar an object as the body.

I think art and adultery make for entertaining bedfellows. Questo gesto coraggioso ha come effetto la fuga della ragazza.

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