Saturday, March 23, 2013

We Recommend: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This beautifully written novel tells the story of two couples in the 60s and 70s in Prague. Its focus is on love and chance happenstance and the 'lightness' of our actions if all we have is this one moment.

Here are some of our favorite excerpts:

'The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into the heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant.'

'The darkness was pure, perfect, thoughtless, visionless; that darkness was without end, without borders; that darkness was the infinite we carry within us. (Yes, if you're looking for infinity, just close your eyes!)'

'The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.'

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