Thursday, April 12, 2012

ReView of Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera


Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera
Dark Comedy (287 pgs)
Harper Perennial

"Milan Kundera is a master of graceful illusion and illuminating surprise.  In one of these stories a young man and his girlfriend pretend that she is a stranger he picked up on the road - only to become strangers to each other in reality as their game proceeds.  In another a teacher fakes piety in order to seduce a devout girl, then jilts her and yearns for God.  In yet another girls wait in bars, on beaches, and on station platforms for the same lover, a middle-aged Don Juan who has gone home to his wife.  Games, fantasies, and shemes about in all the stories while different characters react in varying ways to the sudden release of erotic impulses."

This book is definitely a quick read yet very thought-provoking.  It sort of makes you confront things you might not otherwise think about, as well.  Kundera very much takes something, a topic, and expands on it very eloquently.  What he does with the topics in the book really makes it a real emotional experience.  If you have read The Unbearable Lightness of Being, or any other book by Milan Kundera you really have to read this one.

Milan Kundera is fairly good at writing about emotional entanglements, just as well as writing about characters who favor mind-games.  Most of the stories in Laughable Loves deal with these types of characters. Milan Kundera is very crafty with his writing.  This one probably fell short just a little bit in comparison with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Regardless, it's still a book worth reading if you have extra time around.

I have yet to understand what has gone through Kundera's mind when he's written these book.  With what purpose did he create such novels that are so focused on erotic impulses, lust, love and passion along with destruction. He just amazing me in how raw he is.  How much he burrows through the human depth and reasoning in all that we are and do.  I wonder if what he writes is hypothetical, or whether he took examples from real accounts of life.




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