I have set myself the challenge of reading 30 books this year. Why? Well, I love reading. I used to read a lot before I started university. Then reading for pleasure took a back seat as I only had time/motivation to read about my subject. I have a huge list of books I want to read and I’m excited to get through a large chunk of them this year!
I started with The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. It was amazing, one of those books that stays with you for a while after you have finished it. Set in various places but primarily 1968 Czechoslovakia, it tells the story of two men, two women and a dog.
There is infidelity, insecurity, history, friendship and betrayal throughout. You get a real glimpse into how all of the characters experience Communism in their own lives. The book delves into their pasts and leaves you wondering about their futures. The numerous stories in different places with different people does not leave the smoothest read. However, it feels right, the whole juxtaposition of it works well.
Overall, I feel that this is one of those books that everyone should try to read. There is some really interesting perspectives through the novel about life, happiness and love which make you think deeply. Meanwhile, the characters make you feel deeply.