Book Reviews of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Author: Milan Kundera, Aaron Asher (Translator)
ISBN-13: 9780060932145
ISBN-10: 0060932147
Publication Date: 5/1/1999
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Perennial Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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The best way I can describe this book is "odd." Perhaps I do not know enough about the history of the country to have enjoyed it as much as I should, but it was not one of my favorites. I think my biggest disappointment is that I was hoping for a more philosophical book than what the author provided. However, it was not miserable to read and there were bits of it that I liked. One that I am glad to have read but am not sad to pass on.
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Same author as The Unberable Lightness of Being which was very hot on the bestseller list.
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Either Kundera has ADD, or I do. I suppose I should have liked the book - I like magical realism, I like Kundera's style of stepping outside the novel and acknowledging that the characters are made up, and I liked many parts of the novel. But overall I just felt unsatisfied.

Other reviews and official criticism talk about how wonderfully integrated the various parts of the book are, but not for me. Nothing ever came together, and I feel like I read the middle parts of several stories.

3 stars, though, because a lot of it was hot.
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By the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.