Sunday 24 January 2010

No Miscellany - Immortality Instead

Yes, this weekend I'm afraid I've ditched miscellany (ran out of time) and introduced immortality - not a bad exchange. I've been at a housewarming party this evening, and just got in, so heading straight to bed... but before I go, I thought I'd ask your opinions of Immortality by Milan Kundera? My book group are supposed to be reading it for February, but quite a few have mutinied (mutinyed?) and given up. I've only read ten pages, but I love it so far - it seems to say so much, so precisely about life. The sort of sentences 'were often thought, but ne'er so well expressed', in the probably-paraphrased words of Pope. But it's very postmodern, and perhaps I'll be confused and irritated soon? Has anybody read Immortality? Or, perhaps more importantly, has anybody got to page 20 and given up?


  1. I am happy to find your blog! I started a reading blog recently and wanted to see how other people navigate this world of blogging. If you have any advice, please let me know!

  2. I'm probably not the right person to ask, as I've a feeling I have rather different tastes than your book group friends, but I LOVED Immortality. What you've read in the first 10 pages just continues throughout the book. I can't talk about specifics as it's been years (I read it when it came out) but I remember being really immersed in it. Have you read anything else by him though? I hope you continue reading it, regardless of the others.

  3. I've not read Immortality yet, although I love the cover. The only books by Kundera I've read are Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. I loved both of those, and, by default, I'm going to assume I'd love Immortality as well.

  4. I have read it, as you know, and was not enamoured though I did finish it. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.


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