Laughable Loves (Main)

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Laughable Loves is a collection of stories that first appeared in print in Prague before 1968, but was then banned. The seven stories are all concerned with love, or rather with the complex erotic games and stratagems employed by women and especially men as they try to come to terms with needs and impulses that can start a terrifying train of events. Sexual attraction is shown as a game that often turns sour, an experience that brings with it painful insights and releases uncertainty, panic, vanity and a constant need for ...

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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 Perhaps as a political book (and now merely an historical document), it is more profound for discussing this problem indirectly.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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