This is a wonderfully written piece of philosophical fiction. It describes the intertwined lives of five characters, the aspects and characteristics that make them similar and different, strong and weak, independent and reliant. It’s about what haunts them, what they value, and why. It confirms the opinion that a person has only one chance at life and, as such, can only make choices once with no prior-life to look back on for guidance.
There was enough sex to cause me to flashback to the film ‘Closer’ (remember that one? Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, that sultry English-man and lots of rutting described by one critic as ‘rebid bunnies’?), but it was used well and demonstrated several points all the more clearly. The only section where Kundera started to lose me was his focus of ‘kitsch’ and the subsequent interlacing political discussion.
Overall, it was a fascinating book and I’d love to read more of his work.