Hyde Park Book Group October 27 Meeting
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (320 pages)
Please join us for our October meeting when we will discuss The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
Kundera is a Czech author who has lived in France since 1975. He tells a story of two men and three women in Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring of 1968 until after the Soviet invasion in the 70's. The story shifts among the viewpoints of the main characters, speaking mostly in third person, but sometimes in first person: "I have been thinking about Tomas for many years.....He had first met Tereza about three weeks earlier in a small Czech town." The narrator shares philosophy: "The idea of eternal return is a mysterious one.....There is an infinite difference between a Robespierre who occurs only once in history, and a Robespierre who eternally returns, chopping off French heads." Eternal return would put "the weight of unbearable responsibility" on us, but "the heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful". The character Tomas is drawn to a woman "who seemed a child to him, a child someone had put in a bulrush basket." He willingly accepts this burden of responsibility, yet later when his profession as surgeon is taken from him, and he is reduced to washing windows, "he roamed the streets of Prague with brush and pole, feeling ten years younger."
The discussion will be led by Paul. We will meet at the Sidney residence. If you plan to attend please call or email the contact person listed below for directions or questions.
For November we will read Evicted by Matthew Desmond (336 pages)