3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A small book but a great blast of intellect and passion,
This review is from: The Art of the Novel (Paperback)
Wow, this really got me fired up. I devoured it in a day. It rolls along rather quickly - the seven segments are short, and often divided into smaller parts, but the content is dense. Each sentence seems to contain an idea. I will have to start again from the beginning and take my time to fully understand Kundera's theories and ruminations.
It is a unique exploration of the novel: what the novel means for Kundera and for the world at large. He also talks at length about the work of Kafka and Broch, as well as his own.
I admit I bought the book because I thought it was about the art of writing a novel: a writing guide of sorts. It does deal abstractedly with what makes for good writing, and you will feel nourished, as a writer, for having read it, but be prepared for very in-depth, philosophical analysis of the art, rather than pragmatic advice for aspiring novelists.