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Short and to the point, but not sure what point.
on 17 January 2000
More elegant musings from novelist, philosopher and all-round deep thinker Milan Kundera. In this brief but intense novel, Kundera explores the contradictions of identity, how it orientates itself by the clear distinctions between what is familiar and unfamiliar, despite these distinctions being in a continual state of flux, blurred by time and circumstance. A seemingly ordinary couple, Chantal and Jean-Marc, become progressively unsettled and confused by the nature of their relationship. The effects of insignificant events mingle with deeper personal anxieties - the death of Chantal's child and her feelings of unattractiveness, Jean-Marc's romantic fear of destitution and the death of his former friend F.- and threaten to force them into a destructive spiral of reproach and uncertainty. Kundera touches on some interesting subjects, the fragility of certainty, and how friendship and identity when untested by adversity are only partially formed. Whatever its meaning, at least Kundera says his piece quickly (it can easily be read in a day) and with enough skill and eloquence to make it an enjoyable read, if a little bizarre.