Continuing with the Book Review: The Unbearable Lightness Of Being we did find the book dark in ways that can’t be defined. Above all of that, if you read the book by completely sidelining the backdrop of the story, you may just find your self drifting through it. There are bits in the book which will make you take a while to understand, if you are not in the right frame of mind. By that we mean that if you don’t read the book with a highly open mind you may not find the book as enduring as most people (and we) have found it.
Although at the end, we could relate to the spurt of the diluted characters Sabina and Franz. The book is so revolved around Tomáš and Tereza that you forget about other characters except for those that are related, such as Tomáš’ son Šimon and the dog Karenin. The description of the dogs condition later in the book is very fathomable and those who have dogs may have a lump in their throat too while they read through this part.
The detailed walk through into the life of Tomáš is so explicit that it transports you to his world. It so happens that you eventually may start relating things to your personal life. The living that only you experience amidst the white noise at night or amidst the loud agitation in your soul while you multitask. As we mentioned in our earlier post that the book compelled us to take notes and maintain a diary. Later, we realized that the book itself is a diary! Although we can’t stop ourselves from sharing a this para with all of you, that we think may give you an insight into the beauty of the book…
True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists in its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental débcle, a débcle so fundamental that all others stem from it.