Burapha Seekorn Seekorn من عند Shaldmahadev, Uttarakhand, الهند
Despite the fact that the title identifies this as a novel, it's really not. It's a work of philosophy disguised as a novel, Kundera's thoughts on life and meaning and sex and love and death worked out through the story of the lives of four main characters. These four - Teresa and her husband Tomas, his lover Sabina, her lover Franz - are less real people and more real ideas. At times, that was just a little frustrating to read about; Kundera repeatedly emphasises the fact that his characters are not real, that they are just puppets through which he is talking about life. This helps the book on one level, but hinders it on another. It was certainly an interesting and thought-provoking work, but I never found myself enthralled with it, caught up with what was going on. It's always been easier for me to engage with a person than with an abstract idea, and it was the same here. I'm not certain how much was lost in the translation, but the prose style was still lovely. Neverly over descriptive, mostly quite plain, but still with a quietness and a fluidity that I admired. That, and Kundera's reflections on history, are probably what I will most take away from this.
I love this caterer who's trying to create a stable life for herself & her son, and just happens to stumble into murder! Now is she nosy or does she just happen to have a nose for detection???