The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: A Novel
Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
How laughing and remembering help us transcend the wretched. Also, about how forgetting only enables us to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. A bit of Czech history that should help us see that in order to break through we must first face "the dark side" in ourselves. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesMScott - LibraryThing
A book with no sustained narrative, pocked with fictional pieces, essay, autobiographical scenes. But true to its title, a thematic amalgam of both laughter - of a sinister, devilish variety as well ... Read full review