- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 May 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057117437X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571174379
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Paperback – 20 May 1996
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""The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius.""-- New York Times""This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and original, written with the purity and wit that invite us directly in."-- John Updike, "New York Times Book Review"
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera is the most secret of the acclaimed Czech writer's novels. This new translation is the first to be fully authorized by Milan Kundera.See all Product Description
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Kundera once again keeps you quite literally captivated for 312 pages and then has you just asking for more.This is most certainly one of his best and altough not probably as well known as "Immortality" or "The unbearable lightness of being" it certainly earns the right to sit up there alongside them as a Kundera classic.Once again all the usual Kundera hallmarks are there,his passion for Prague and his country,the brilliantly interwinning themes and characters and most importantly the pain that inspires his writing.This truly is a most thought-provoking read and once again just leaves you wanting more!
Yesterday, I wasn't reading a book. I was spending time in the company of a great person or great people. The style is so personal and intimate. Not only in the sense that another's soul is being laid bare but also in the sense of your own life stories being revealed to you. Very, very moving and very, very thought-provoking.
If you are at all interested in the condition of being human, human identity or you just enjoy meeting great characters in a book, it is impossible for me to rate this highly enough.
Time to stop now before I gush too much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is not as good as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality, but provides a pleasant reading.Published 2 months ago by Isabela
Quirky, humane, insightful, unpredictable, human. In other words, classic Kundera.Published 9 months ago by Diogenes
I couldn't find the laughter anywhere, but the book really deserve to be read.Published 10 months ago by Mariuca