Winter Book Club is here! We are excited to read our next book club pick with you that is sure to keep us warm over the next few months.
As you probably know, we choose books we think you’ll enjoy AND that we’ve never read. Last year I wandered the streets of Prague and thought long and hard about Nietzsche’s eternal return when reading the incredibly popular book The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. So when choosing this season’s book club pick, it felt like a little Kundera is what the Winter ordered.
This season we are going to consider the nature of forgetting in history, politics, and life through reading Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
John Updike in the New York Times Book Review claims: “This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and original, written with a purity and wit that invite us directly in; it is also strange, with a strangeness that locks us out.”
John Leonard in the New York Times writes, “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.”
The publisher writes: “Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.”
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Warm wishes and happy reading!