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"Brilliant . . . A work of high modernist playfulness and deep pathos." (This text refers to the Paperback edition) --Janet Malcolm, New York Review of Books
"Kundera has raised the novel of ideas to a new level of dreamlike lyricism and emotional intensity." (This text refers to the Paperback edition) --Jim Miller, Newsweek
"Kundera is a virtuoso . . . A work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness." (This text refers to the Paperback edition) --Elizabeth Hardwick, Vanity Fair
Jonathan Oliver employs a husky-voiced tone that proves the right match for this darkish story, one that requires of listeners a dollop of patience. Set first in Czechoslovakia, then in Switzerland, Kundera's story tells the sometimes laborious story of a womanizing Czech surgeon forced to flee the Russian invasion and take on menial roles, giving his passion for the flesh a slighly different perspective, as he is no longer a doctor but just a window-washer. His relationship with this current female-of-choice, the interesting and puzzling Tereza, is at the center of the novel. Oliver is good, very good, pausing with great effect, having just the right amount of low-key drama and contemplative musing in his narration. He's a good fit for a book that not everyone will like, but those who stay the course will generally be pleased they did. (This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition) --T.H.(c), AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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.See all Product Description
In my humble opinion, M. Kundera is superb essayist. If your expectations are set by his essays, then, I am afraid, you won't be thrilled by his novels, but you will enjoy them... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CC
A well-written, beautiful book. Kundera brings you into his world of complicated love, the meaning of life and how the decisions we make affect those around us.Published 17 months ago by fionah
This is the story of Tomaz and Tereza as it unfolds in the modern state of Czechoslovakia over three generations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ian Gordon Malcomson
This book is a heavy read. It is written really well, but Kundera's style is very different than most authors. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2004
Anyone who has read any Kundera knows what to expect - narrative, history, and philosophical musings mixed into an "experimental" novel. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Zafiro Blue
Let there be a space forever reserved for this book in that most exclusive of literary categories - the novel of ideas. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Matthew Krichman
I saw the movie which was made from this novel, many, many years ago, and while I absolutely loved it, I thought it was about an hour too long. Read morePublished on May 2 2004
I really enjoyed reading THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, though it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Totally Anonymous