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READ ↠ Život je jinde ´ Kundera initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age The lyrical age according to Kundera is youth and this novel above all is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values childhood motherhood revolution and even poetry Jaromil is in fact a poet His mother made him a poet and accompanies hiEs childhood motherhood revolution and even poetry Jaromil is in fact a poet His mother made him a poet and accompanies him figuratively to his love bed and literally to his deathbed A ridiculous and touching ch. the first hundred pages or so made me really anxious because i just couldn't make myself like the book and who am i really if i am actively disliking a book by kundera i was like yeah uh huh i get what you're doing with the misogyny but please either knock it off or redeem your little monster of a protagonist stat and why are there still two hundred pages left what a chump though i was hoping he was just toying with methen before i knew what was happening kundera zipped past me and i was thrown around by wild waves of sympathyantipathy victorydesolation and all sorts of other strong conflicting emotions this book is at once a powerful kick in the gut to sentimentality and a celebration of the realm of youth and feeling; a dizzyingly painful portrait of socialism and a congratulatory handshake to those who will fight for what they believe in; a parody starring poets of revolutionary eras and a lasting monument to them on the one hand the plot is fantastically simple to predict and on the other you begin to doubt your predictions as his treatment of the main character gets and brutal but then when is kundera's focus ever really on the plot and when is his brutality not at the same time tenderness and how can i give anything less than three stars to a book that takes a few pages to be meta and talk about how the book is framing the protagonist's existence

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Aracter horrifying and totally innocent innocence with its bloody smile Jaromil is at the same time a true poet He's no creep he's Rimbaud Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution entrapped in a sombre farc. This novel is like you It too would like to be other novels those it might have beenMy third book for Kundera after The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Identity and again he doesn't disappoint Kundera keeps the authorial voice of a third person omniscient narrator guiding perhaps controlling our perception and understanding of the events as they unfold The uotation above is an example slightly though with a tinge of arrogance in the assumption that he Mr Narrator knows us the readersFor some reason Kundera likes this idea of power—keeping power over his texts through third person distant and philosophical narrators Anyway The books tells the story of a young poet who finds himself struggling with an absent father and an overbearing mother unbeknownst to her of course since everything she does is hidden by the veil of Motherly Love Jaromil the young poet struggles with his mother as she tries to stay close to him even though he seeks some healthy distance by dating another girlThe story encompasses Jaromil's entire life but this part with its many ramifications represents the crux of the narrativeRecommended

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Život je jindeKundera initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age The lyrical age according to Kundera is youth and this novel above all is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct valu. “You think that just because it's already happened the past is finished and unchangeable Oh no the past is cloaked in multicolored taffeta and every time we look at it we see a different hue” Life is Elsewhere is Kundera's parody of youth and adolescence It ridicules the ego of young artists and makes a folly out of sanctified values of the time motherhood poetry revolution nationalism Don't get me wrong Kundera will never sound that harsh he puts forward his satire with tenderness mixed with allegory and charm His wordplay is sublime and the plot is built with an architect's precision The story is told from a third person narrative in seven parts Our hero Jaromil is a young Don uixote in Czechoslovakia with a passion for poetry The story starts way before that though It begins from his mother's youth from the conception of Jaromil The story explores poets and their eccentric rites and inspirations their unusual oedipal bonds There are fables and stories based on real life poets Arthur Rimbaud Mikhail Lermontov woven into the plot The book also explores damnatio memoriae during the Communist revolution and blacklisting of artists and lyricists who dabbled in surrealismAll the typical gems of the Kundera style are present here though the novel's story has a slow start The book has a or less linear story lineA wonderful reading experience