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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Metaxy99 | 2/12/2014

    " tanks are mortal. pears are eternal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby Bermea | 2/6/2014

    " Milan Kundera teaches you about how the world works. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Szydlowski | 2/2/2014

    " The articulation of "The Border" in this book assigns horrifyingly beautiful images to the nagging recognition of life's utter absurdity and meaninglessnes and the diversions from this recognition that we as humans participate in, in order to forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dariana Dudette | 1/26/2014

    " It's a shame I read it after The Unbearable Lightness of Being and I couldn't enjoy it that much. It's good, it's Kundera, it's his style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline | 1/22/2014

    " i very much enjoyed it at the beginning. it's divided into three stories that intertwine the absolute minimum necessary to call it a "novel." the first three rounds of each story i really liked and was very into the book and going to recommend it and read more by this guy. The 2nd round, he started to lose me but i gave him the benefit of the doubt... until the "main character" - his words not mine, ended up on an island full of children that raped her and watched her drown. there's thirty pages left. never to be read by me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/22/2014

    " It's funny, I've forgotten much of this book. But, I do remember loving it. I'm putting it on my to re-read shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/11/2014

    " Long ago enough that I've forgotten it, but -- love Kundera. Love him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 robxyz | 1/9/2014

    " E' il libro che preferisco di Kundera, ha una struttura particolare che a mio parere esalta la sua scrittura ricercata. Lo trovo assai piu' riuscito del piu' famoso "Insostenibile Leggerezza dell'essere": tra i due consiglierei senza dubbio questo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl Gardner | 12/28/2013

    " enjoyed, but not as much as the joke or the unbearable lightness of being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Paul | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoy Kundera, I must admit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 craige | 12/7/2013

    " I think I read this. I went through a Kundera phase in college and after a few of them I realized none of them were as fantastic as The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Except for Slowness, which I remember being great and which I have bought again so that I can reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruna Yukari | 11/24/2013

    " Milan Kundera wrote it. Nothing else needs to be said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/24/2013

    " It was confusing here and there, but the imagery was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 11/9/2013

    " I Liked this book. So much of it reminded me of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I haven't decided if that's good or bad yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/7/2013

    " Not as good as "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." No real plot, just "variations," the writing was still excellent though. There was so much imagery that stuck in my mind...The same apologetics for infidelity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Kerr | 9/9/2013

    " I think this is Kundera's best novel. It is a bit broader than Unbearable Lightness, but doesn't suffer one bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 7/5/2013

    " The poor man's nouveau roman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam Sr. | 6/10/2013

    " My favorite author of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 molly | 4/10/2013

    " Yeah I think its probably accurate that Kundera is misogynistic to some degree. Much of this book has nothing to do with that. It's quite excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 3/10/2013

    " It's Classic Kundera at his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Baumann | 2/20/2013

    " Amazing novel. Really captures the vast range of human experience. Philosophical in a totally accessible way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avital | 1/6/2013

    " It's fun to read Kundera, and this book is no exception. There are several different parts in it which relate to politics, ego, miscommunication and sex. He knows so much, it's humbling... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/19/2012

    " I occasionally impulse buy Kundera. This one was excellent, and very dirty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nada Sidani | 6/25/2012

    " I love Kundera, but that aside some of the short stories were just useless "

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About the Author

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Love—all originally in Czech. His more recent novels, Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

About the Narrator

Richmond Hoxie has performed on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and off-Broadway in The Dining Room, Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Landscape with Waitress. On television, he appears frequently in all of the incarnations of Law and Order. His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, and For Love or Money.