A meditation on life .
A meditation on life .
This was...not that good? Has anyone else read this book? What did you think? (Am I missing something?!) 🙃🙃🙃
"Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can only make one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions."
I think this book was a little more brilliant than my little mind understood. I can‘t really sell it because I don‘t think I fully understood it in it‘s full brilliance. It‘s a story about the lives and love lives of two couples in Prague. It tells the stories of infidelities but ultimately makes the point that life is light in the most unbearable sense, and that we are all trying to make it heavier by finding meaning (I think...).
A couple weeks ago I finished The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which came highly recommended to me from a former classmate in my graduate program. This book has a reputation for being at the same time philosophical and pretentious. I have to say, the womanizing main character Tomas and his acquiescing wife Teresa were immensely frustrating. However, there were interesting scenes of life in communist Czechoslovakia.
Finally got my hands on this one! I hope it‘s as good as how everyone claims it to be! 😁
P.s Also say Hi to Reggie! 😻
Going through my old book journals, came across this photo from several years ago. Prague is beautiful, even if Charles Bridge IRL is *slightly* more crowded than show on the cover. 😜
1. Every few months, but they usually pass quickly
2. Letting go & bingeing tv for a few days, then restarting
3. Any book with lush gardens and great old houses. I forgot the entire plot of Rebecca, but could‘ve drawn Manderly, if I could draw!
4. Favorite title tagged. Also... Like Water For Chocolate. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Love in the Time of Cholera.
5. @bookishandsane @Jinster @Jas16 @MoonWitch94
1. in a little village near Dresden, Germany
2. I would like to move to Dresden. It's a really beautiful town and the village where I live right now is a bit to small if you ask me ;)
3. Prague, the tagged one.
4. Dresden is famous for Stollen and our neighbour village is famous for its gingerbread. I also live close to Radeberg. They are famous for their beer 😀
5. I sent some #litsylove letters today ❤❤
"When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”
This was a lot more philosophical and sexual than I thought it would be. I listened to it on audiobook and I feel that did it a disservice as many of the passages are ones that need to be studied and thought over. I‘ll probably come back to it again sometime, or else look up an analysis on it.
#24in48 #readathon #modernclassic
I know many love this book, but I feel no connection. 97 pages in and I realized mid-sentence that I don‘t care about any of the lovers in the story. Reading just to get to the end is no way to live life. Moving on.
1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera or Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
3. (Left to right): Ralphie (shih tzu), Frankie and JoJo (dachshunds)
4. Austin, TX: 947,890 from 2016
I‘m not 💯 sure that this fits today‘s prompt. But this books definitely has a philosophical and steam of consciousness feel to it. However, I read it so long ago that I can‘t even tell you what it is about. It lives in my #subconscious 😉
Day 7 of the little book adventure is The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
I‘m going to nominate @jpmcwisemorgan this time! For 10 days, post a book that changed you, without context
Sitting in the Archiship cafe, Yokohama, wondering what books they might have about the Czech Republic
Sunday lazing and reading. ☕️☕️☕️
There is something petrifying about re-encountering a book you read and loved 8 years ago. You worry it was naivety and romanticism that kept you intrigued by an author‘s work. Ultimately, you‘re afraid you‘ll fall out of love with a book you held close to your heart.
And hell, I got myself a new copy so I will not be influenced by the scribblings and highlighter marks of my younger self. #melodramaticbookwoes
It had some good parts but overall it was kind of meh for me.
Day off today, made a start on The Unbearable Lightness of Being this morning whilst drinking copious amounts of tea. Am also currently reading Harriet Harman‘s A Woman‘s Work. Really should update what I‘m reading here on my profile although I get the feeling some of them are indeed languishing unfinished 🤣
Do any of you video book reviews? If so where do you share them? YouTube?
#bookstack #currentlyreading #tbr #tbrpile #morningslikethese
Honestly, I try not to make notes in my books, but this book needed them. Underlines, questions, and thoughts litter its pages now. If you are looking for a book that experiments with narration and linear form, read this. If you are looking for a book about Czechs during Prague Spring, read this. If you are looking for a book that questions your faith, read this. Kundera packs so much into this novel, but it is an easy read.
#QuotsyMarch18 Day 1: This notion of #Success by Kundera as vertigo-inducing may be accurate. This is the very first book in the very first book club I joined in my early 20s. It was with a group of young faculty from the university -all of us coming from different specializations: psychology (for myself), geography, philo, linguistics, sociology, poli science, anthropology, archaeology. Now we are all over the globe but still keep in close touch.
I also finished this one a few days ago. First, I thought I wouldn't be able to get through it because it is deeply philosophical at times. However, once I got used to those deep passages, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt like I was studying philosophy again. Kinda miss those constant "brain pains" while reading texts :D
An interesting philosophical reflection of life through love, sex, jealousy, society, politics, perspective and the mere concept of human existence itself against the historical background of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. It dragged a bit in certain places so I'm giving it only 3.5⭐ but I'm saving many quotes I've loved - it's a pick for sure
Up in the air
Existentialism is usually something I love, however this felt hollow. The women fell flat and the men were something to be ridiculed. I understand that this is about exploring our insignificance in the world but these characters failed to develop the narrative in an engaging manner.
Coffeeshop reading 📚
Good morning Littens! It is WAY to hot outside so I think I'll have to do my reading inside today :( 📚