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.

Winter Book Club 2017

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.”

My Instagram feed is crawling with Kundera lovers and many claim this is his best work. We look forward to reading it with you. To get your copy of the book, click HERE.

Join us, won’t you?

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Warm wishes and happy reading!

Book Oblivion Winter Book Club | The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

2 Responses

  1. One of my colleagues recommended the Unbearable Lightness of Being after I finished my Peace Corps Service. I kept meaning to look it up, but couldn’t remember the name or author. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. That’s awesome. Where did you serve in the Peace Corps? I was weeks away from joining and backed out at the last minute. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of the neatest book structures I’ve read and the writing is a joy to read. Let me know how you like it if you remember!