Book :: The Joke

The Joke
By: Milan Kundera
Pages: 323
Published: 1967
Genre(s): Czech Republic
Literary Fiction
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All too often, this brilliant novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been read for its political implications. Now, a quarter century after The Joke was first published and several years after the collapse of the Soviet-imposed Czechoslovak regime, it becomes easier to put such implications into perspective in favor of valuing the book (and all Kundera 's work) as what it truly is:...

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Seems my experience is the same as @forline! It took me awhile to get into, reading a few pages a day, then about a third of the way through I also ended up reading the rest in one sitting! Very good book, it’s worth persevering if you find it tough to begin with.

Mar 17th, 2019

forline forline

Took a long while to get going but about halfway I realized what was going on and finished in one sitting!

Oct 15th, 2016

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47th on 100 Books of the Century by Le Monde