"The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius." -- John Leonard, New York Times
"An absolutely dazzling entertainment....Arousing on every levelpolitical, erotic, intellectual, and above all, humorous." -- Newsweek
"Deeply and impressively subversive, in more ways than one....Kundera's condemnation of modern life is broad, but his sympathy for those who create and suffer it is deep." -- Paul Gray, Time
"This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and origin, written with the purity and wit that invite us directly in. " -- John Updike, New York Times Book Review
Very few books make me laugh out loud, but this was one of them.
In many ways this is an experimental novel, the seven different parts of the book are compared by the author to Beethoven's variations upon a musical theme.
I had no expectations about this book and after reading it felt the author was misogynistic and self-indulgent.
I purchased this book and was a little disappointed that it didn't look like the book in the photo. The copy I received was white. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Ottke
The only 'negative' I have about this purchase is that the cover of the book is actually flat white with the title and illustration drawn by Kundera himself, similar to the cover... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Chronley
I ordered this book based on a strong recommendation from
a blog whose contents I usually trust. Read more
I fell in love with this book while I was on a study abroad trip in Prague. Kundera defined what is now my favorite non-English term in this novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Magesage
It was enjoyable. Short episodes. Kept my attention and characters evolved. Kundera writes well and portrays difficult aspects of life so that one relates.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My books are packed from a long-distance move or I would get this one out and check it - but as I recall, this book was translated twice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ann Nyberg Bradley
Kundera would be one of my favorite authors, as his stories are rather interesting, if he weren't so full of himself and felt the need to constantly brag about things he knows that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lamski