Narendrapai edited the summary of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
It is a novel on several contradicting yet connected human reactions to love, sex, forgetfulness, nostalgic attraction for haunting memories and a negation of one's own feelings over a period of time, over a distance in place and virtual indulgence. It would be very much necessary, like most of Milan Kundera's novels to re-read and sum up what exactly are the key questions or issues Kundera is raising while wondering himself about the mysteries a life can hide within. Kundera is arranging here a series of stories seemingly different but still which are all connected in one or the other way so that the reader can understand life by bridging a connection between them and then by isolating the same. Ofcourse it is complex as life itself is. Still it has some rare insights and truths about human ways of human relations!