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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    One of my favorite books of all time.

    An astonishing work of art, this book is a combination of fiction and philosophical essay that gives the most incisive portrait I've ever encountered of life in a Communist society. Kundera calls it a novel, even though it doesn't sustain a story line over its full length; it is rather a collection of separate pieces that are thematically related, with only one important character who appears in two of them. Kundera's evisceration of Communism is not journalistic but poetic; his image of totalitarian life as living in a society of children is startling and, as embodied in the most important episode of the book, unforgettable. If any contemporary book could truly be called a work of genius, this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Delightful

    Short stories that are more related in their theme that revolves around human emotions and behaviors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    One of my favorites

    This is an excellent book with some very profound insight. I highly recommend this read. I feel bad for the fellow who made it through this book with out enjoying and reflecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

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    As a graduate of Yale, reading continues to be a central life activity for me. I must say that this is the worst book I've ever read. I stuck with it and finished it because I had faith it would get better, but it did not. There is no plot, but a collection of strange, disjointed stories and anecdotes that make little sense. Most of the books I buy find a place on a shelf for later reference or are given to a friend. This one is going in the trash!

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