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This collection contains stories about the sport of love - Don Juanism, ageing, male and female power and seductions undertaken for all kinds of intriguing motives. Milan Kundera is author of Unbearable Lightness of Being and the Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

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billyhenderson

Jul 27, 2008

interesting but

It being Kundera, it is worth a read, so I recommend it albeit somewhat guardedly. This series of shorts ranges from nearly sublime to nearly petty. That's the bad news. The good news is that, although the author seems interested in writing about relationships and the varieties of interconnectedness between lovers, what he really writes about is life under communism and people's attempts to eradicate themselves from the oppressive dullness and lack of sensual pleasure under that rule. Perhaps as a political book (and now merely an historical document), it is more profound for discussing this problem indirectly. (As a meditation on love, it is not especially valuable.)

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