Review: Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of BeingThis is going to be a challenge for me, not because it’s a (modern) classic, but because I wasn’t expecting it to be this good.

It’s very philosophical. The narrator speculates about life in general and tries to answer it through mere observations in a form of realistic situations. The narrator manages to incorporate philosophical ideals into the story—even characters will try to ease in their own inquires. Throughout the story, there would be certain lines that will force the reader to ask the same question—most of it are about love and the idea of it. Love also plays a big role in the story, besides the fact that it begins with it; it shows how vital it is in our lives, powerful enough to change ourselves for it.

Influential. I know, when someone says a book is influential, I say, “It can’t be THAT good.” Well it’s possible and sometimes it can. It seems like every page (I’m exaggerating) I had to jot down notes that I feel like I need to contemplate more on. Our decisions or choices define us; it shows who we are—both our strengths and our weakness. In this book, it shows how strong decisions are with just one it is capable of turning our whole future around. This is just me being philosophical, do you like me now? But seriously, this book tests readers’ own ideals and principles whether it has purpose or just plain useless.

Characters are very interesting. There are just 3 main characters in the story—Thomas, Teresa and Sabrina. I don’t want to give away everything, but each character deals with different past or background that later affects their beliefs both in life and love. It’s interesting to see how each character deals with their problem—some avoid them for apparent reasons, some face them for practical reasons and some ignore the existence or presence of it for selfish reasons.

Since the book talks about life, it can get too complex and complicated for some. I have to admit; there are some boring parts that might push you to flip through but nothing to major to make you want to stop reading.

I don’t think this would be suitable for teens mainly because the pacing and tone is quite slow that they might immediately judge it boring. So I guess this is for ages 20 and above who are old enough to make their own decisions in life and have past (or still) experience difficulty defining or producing their own ideals and principles in life.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it:  Surprisingly, yes!

Recommended: To people who feel the unbearable lightness of being

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 680)


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