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Brilliant in parts, but also messy and uneven. It is a twisting novel of lovers, sex, names, poets, poltiics, borders, history, memory, nations and being. It slides from one original idea into another like remote lovers in a well-lubricated orgy of ideas. I don't know if it loses me because I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being so much more, or if Kundera just failed to grab me by the intellectual shorthairs. I'm almost positive I would probably rate it higher if I had the chance to tease out the flesh a bit more. It reads (not in specifics, just in style and tone) like someone took several Wim Wenders films and randomly spliced pieces from his oevre; sometimes backwards, sometimes upsidedown, frequently disorienting.
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Where does The Book of Laughter and Forgetting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I love Milan Kundera. Love, love love.<br/>I'll admit this book is a bit choppy, not your typical novel, a bit heady over hearty.<br/>But that's why it's my favorite of his books, and it was great to hear life breathed into it by Richmond Hoxie. <br/>
What other book might you compare The Book of Laughter and Forgetting to and why?
If you liked this you'll love The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, or Farewell Waltz - some of Kundera's more approachable works.<br/>But for me, this one is tops.
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