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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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lightness-of-beingWhen war, ideology, history, and philosophy are woven together into a splendid narrative, then we have Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Set in 1968’s conflicting Czech Republic, it’s a story of love and unattached sexual relationships between characters whose personal nature is weighted heavily down with selfishness, with a plot carrying some fortuities. By way of introduction, Kundera begins the novel with a philosophy representing the main idea of the whole text, which is the unbearable lightness of being.

Written from the third person’s point of view, the story begins with Tomas fortuitously coming across Tereza. Saying that they love each other wouldn’t be too much, only that they never realize how strong nor how much their love is. Both Tomas and Tereza are too busy satisfying their egos and gripping their pasts, oblivious to what they have and driving themselves into believing that their relationship is all…

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