L'Identité (E–pub/Kindle) Ø Milan Kundera

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  • L'Identité
  • Milan Kundera
  • English
  • 18 June 2020
  • 9780060175641

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read & download L'Identité L'Identité review ß 100 Loved oneWith stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment Milan Kundera has made this situation and the vague sense of panic it inspires the very fabric of his new novel Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly c. A great novelist is like a gypsy fortune teller one whose wisdom and prophecies and rich tales are enhanced by the palpable rasp of the voice and the heat of her garlic breath in your face In this book Kundera is like one of those mechanical gypsy automatons behind glass that dispenses wisdom on pre written slips of paper from the hand of a hollow machineIn Identity Kundera offers much food for thought on the nature of personal identity what we think of ourselves and what others think of us and what social environmental and genetic forces make us who we are Much is pondered about the two faces we show the public and private onesI have to admit for about half the way I found this all to be very stimulating and admirable but then at some point I realized that this was supposed to be a novel and I kept waiting for all the brilliant insights to be framed by a credible narrative and characters In the end it ends up being a philosophy lecture that wears out its welcome It has the feel of a short story at best and doesn t even achieve the weight of a novellaKundera seems to think that all of his scintillating observational ideas will somehow animate the cardboard characters he s created It s instructive reading this on the heels of reading Turgenev s Fathers and Sons wherein the characters history and situations illustrate and deepen the thematic issues The two books side by side show the difference between a significant and an insignificant novel Because in the end it s the depth of story and character that make the ideas and themes work not the other way aroundI liked a lot of what Kundera had to say and liked the Bach like precision in which he said those things but by the end it all plays like some Robert Bresson French movie where everyone has blank expressions Kundera s humans seem perfunctory like manneuins on which he has placed very stylish garb They are blackboards on which great thoughts are written out elaborately in chalkIt s a coldly efficient book that resorts to a trick so cheap and old for its finale that you ll lose some of your respect for the author He s better than this KRKY with a minor modification in 2016

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read & download L'Identité L'Identité review ß 100 Milan Kundera's Identitynbsp translated from the French by Linda AsherThere are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own That also happens with couples indeed above all with couples because lovers fear than anything else losing sight of the. Whenever I m at a loss for what to read next and don t want to take any risks I reread either Vonnegut Murakami or Kundera I ve probably read this book five times but I love him so I don t care You know maybe it s that old problem of how sometimes with really distinctive authors all their works sort of blur together retroactively but wow Only the first like twenty pages seemed familiar to me even though I am sure I ve read this several times before The whole last third where everything gets all dreamy weird and cerebral and symbolic you know during the view spoiler orgy hide spoiler

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read & download L'Identité L'Identité review ß 100 Rosses the border between the real and the unreal between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitudeOf all contemporary writers only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel one of his finest most painful and most enlightening Which surprisingly turns out to be a love story. Milan Kundera and I are both April fools so I have always felt a sense of kinship with him I do not know if April Fool s Day is celebrated in the Czech Republic but I pretend that it is and that he too endured fake cakes and tricks as a child Kundera is best known for the beautifully titled Unbearable Lightness of Being This book is similar in that it explores human relationships but it s also very differentKundera has lived in France for many years and this book feels French it feels like a French movie Identity is a brief novel exploring a relationship As we read the book we re inside the head of Chantal and then we re inside the head of Jean Marc her lover It s hard to figure out who they are and what they feel but I think that s the point of the novel It displays the ways in which emotions shift and relationships change My favorite scene from the book is half way through Chantal and Jean Marc are at a restaurant for dinner and observe a silent couple at another table and they discuss what that means You can t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange says Jean Marc and then goes on to describe his aunt in Perigord who talks and talks without stop and replicates in words everything she sees and everything she does Being so intimately involved in the pushpull of their relationship is uncomfortable at times In my last review I critiued Michael Chabon for his lack of emotion Well Kundera is at the other end of that spectrum Feelings and relationship are the core of the story Identity is a uick yet emotionally affective read Jealousy codependence insecurities all are witnessed here But what is most clear after reading this book is how relationships shift and change sometimes in the span of just a few minutes And then you re often right back where you started