Book 7 Milan Kundera An Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sexuality, infidelities contradiction love of Tereza. Tomas Surgeon Six fortuities that brought them together reeled off factoid style. Sabina, long term Mistress. The Prague Spring, The juxtaposition of sexuality and the Prague Spring. Educated philosophical, philosophers used to make a point, well written, clear, love life, male sexual appetite, frequent sex references, lots and lots of sex.(which I believe is atypically male from a specifically male perspective) Kundera uses French Revolution which prefigures Prague Spring, use of metaphors surgery and sex, cutting open a woman, and mounting a woman.

Kundera charts the life of married Love with Tereza who comes to him via six fortuities their ups and their downs and his constant adultery including Karenin their little dog named after the surname of Anna Karenina who committed marital suicide under the rails in Russia. Suicide metaphor for Tereza’s despair but clinging onto Tomas none the less, she is guilty when she has a brief fling with an artist in a shabby flat.

Kundera logs the genocide of Intellectuals (like Cambodia but that is another matter) and major life changes from high status Surgeon to low status Collective Farm, relationship Tereza and Tomas is followed throughout and Sexual dynamics, pepper the whole tests. Contrast sexaulity and Tereza and Tomas not being able to stay together and rupture of Russian invasion not keeping nation together with ability of Russians to tear Czechoslovakia .

Lightness heaviness. Lightness of commitments Heavy weight of male bearing down on a woman or woman on a man’s face. Heaviness heavy oppression of Soviet invaders. Lightness, dialectic.Lightness nation torn apart by Russian Invasion. Lightness of commitments. Burdens Philandering, career concerns, ability of Russian to impose an unbearable burden.

All this adds up to yet another book that one can use to influence one’s writing in the right direction.

313 words for word count purposes.


Casey Stengel – “There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them.”

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