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on 28 April 2001
When this book was recommended to me, I was warned that I may find it to be heavy going in places. Thankfully, this has not proven to be true. While this is certainly in no way a "light" read, the near-poetic rhythm of Kundera's prose is such a joy to read that even the most reluctant reader will soon find him/herself unable to put it down. Most of this book is set in and around Communist Central Europe in the 1980s, and manages to evoke the mood of that time and place whilst simultaneously creating characters so real you could almost reach out and touch them, with the voice of Kundera occasionally interrupting to offer philosophical speculation on the character's lives and the themes of the book. The effect is intellectually stimulating and comforting at the same time, echoing (to me, at least) the flow of chidren's books (remember when Roald Dahl used to interrupt his stories to grumble about children? Like that, but better!). I know I ought to point out any flaws in this book, but there aren't any. Simply superb.
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on 7 October 2017
WONDERFUL BOOK> Insightful, delicately written, nuanced, pleasurable, disturbed. All the great qualities of any gripping piece.
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on 3 June 2017
A good read
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on 10 August 2017
Very entertaining.
Requires emotional intelligence to really appreciate it.
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on 8 August 2017
it was fine
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on 28 March 2017
The best book.
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on 26 February 2016
My favourite book!
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on 19 July 2017
Fabulous
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on 26 April 2017
One of my favourite books. Beautiful story telling, definitely reccomend.
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on 30 March 2017
Beautiful.
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