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Laughable Loves Paperback – August 25, 1999
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Original Language: Czech
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These stories are a joy to read if you're in the mood for ambiguous endings and ironic humor. Although they lack the gravity of his full-length novels I think the short stories in Laughable Loves succeed: irony, not sublimity, is the goal. I gave it four stars because it didn't grip me the way some of Kundera's stuff has in the past while at the same time it was certainly fun (and often psychologically insightful) reading.
Maybe it's a special Czech style of writing about love, maybe it's that wry, ironic humor found in Hasek and Skvorecky that I've always liked, but Kundera's characters lack the aggression, material concerns, or passion for commitment found in American novels as well as lacking the love of style found in the French. They are simply average people with limitless libido. So are they average ? That one is up to you.Read more ›
Kundera is one of the handful of authors who so can smoothly shift the reader from mundane concerns into latent madness as to almost challenge one's faith in the material world. His world is spare, unadorned, almost like a room that needs to be furnished by our own mind. Games, dreams and schemes abound in all these little stories as different characters react in different ways to romantic impulses.
Part preposterous, part enchanting, but never for a moment boring. I highly recommended this volume of laughable loves that will leave you thinking long after your grins have turned in for the night.
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Literally the least favorite, waste of time, crap book with a cap message I've ever readPublished 6 months ago by Keaton Kramer
Kundera is an excellent writer. For that very reason, do not read this collection of stories.
There is nothing tender or humorous in these so-called love stories; it is all... Read more
This book is definitely a quick read yet very thought-provoking. It sort of makes you confront things you might otherwise think about, as well. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Elena Barbulescu
If only Milan Kundera's short story collection Laughable Loves had been simply an enjoyable read... Several other adjectives come to mind: arresting, compelling, strange, detached,... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Philip Spires
The last short story in this collection is magnificent! Edward and God has it all; all of the really Big questions are examined through the eyes of a teacher in a socialist state... Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Westonjm
I read Laughable Loves after breezing through, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in a weekend. Laughable Loves, was well written and interesting, but it didn't hold my attention... Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Georgie
This is a collection of seven very early stories by Milan Kundera. I believe they were mostly written during the 60's and are set in the Czechoslovakia of that time. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Milan Kundera is, perhaps, what Woody Allen probably wishes he were: a non-neurotic European gentleman; a cool customer who knows a few things about love, and doesn't mind sharing... Read morePublished on December 25, 2006 by Yan Timanovsky
I just came across this collection of short stories, and as a devoted Kundera fan, I quickly devoured it amidst Christmas preparations, letter writings and other more dreary... Read morePublished on December 21, 2006 by mypointofview