The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera |Book Review|

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of those books that make you think of thoughts you otherwise rendered unimportant.  The book covers a multitude of themes but most important is the reason for one’s existence, one’s purpose in life.

The story revolves around four characters mainly, each with a different past, a difficult present, especially in midst of a Russian invasion, and an unsure future.

Tomas loves women. Well, he loves Teresa but he would suffocate to death if he had to sleep with only one woman for the rest of his life. His idea of love and sex are different from the usual and he is unapologetically himself. He is also a highly opinionated person, mainly politically.

Teresa is running from her past. She doesn’t want to be like her mother- cruel, shameless and full of mistakes, but sometimes she finds herself in the exact same position. She is not a fan of Tomas’s infidelity, but she puts up with it, every day of her life.

Sabina is attracted to the idea of betrayal. She hates stability and loves spontaneous situations.

Franz is more like your average professor who has his principles of infidelity and need to do justice to one’s memory.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being questions multiple things. First, it talks about one’s purpose in life, what it means to exist. It then goes on to the different things people love and how certain like to stick to a routine while others go with the flow. It talks about the complexities of a relationship and how the meaning of attachment is strictly personal.

The author also takes his time to tell us his opinion about the Russian Invasion as the story is mostly set in the late 1960s. The opinion has been conveyed through his characters and sometimes very directly. The author is the narrator and he has fun creating his characters, giving them meaning and sharing a part of his life through them.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a book that will give out a different meaning each time you read it, and even if you are the type who doesn’t let books dampen your thoughts and ideologies, you will end up enjoying this book because it is a fine piece of literature- intriguing, powerful and complete.


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2 thoughts on “The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera |Book Review|

  1. This book has been on my TBR for months now and I had totally forgotten about it. I love your review and it has made me realize I should be reading this one already.

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