Unbearable Lightness of Being

Part One: Summary


The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a deep love story, starting with the casual meeting of Tomas, and Tereza. Tomas is a surgeon, filling in for a colleague in a small town a little outside Prague. As he’s getting a drink in a bar, he meets Tereza, a waitress there. Automatically infatuated, Tereza hints to have a meeting with him after her shift got off. After a brief chat Tomas must return to his work in Prague. Tereza goes to visit Tomas and so their affair begins. Eventually Tereza moves in with Tomas and they become a true couple. Everything is right in their world, until Tereza finds out about Tomas’s numerous liaisons with other women. Including, the woman who got Tereza her job as a photographer in Prague, Sabina. Tereza begins to have frightening nightmares relating to her uncontrollable jealousy over the situation. As political problems arise in Prague, they are forced to leave. The move from her home country, killed Tereza, and with the inability to find a job that suited her, she departed to Prague again, leaving only a letter to Tomas behind. Tomas tried to act indifferent, but it was then he realized how much he truly needed her in his life. He then too, returned to Prague.

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Intro to Micro Exploration 1: Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an incredible tale of the passionate love story of Tomas, Tereza, Franz, Sabina and the loyal dog Karenin. Set in Prague during the Prague Spring in the late 1960’s, The Unbearable Lightness of being is a philosophical and psychological look at the simple and thought provoking lives of these iconic characters.

I’ve decided to go as deep as I can into understanding this book, from beginning to finish, over the course of the next 3 months I’ll be stepping into their lives, and floating through their stories and follies.

Entries You May Expect of Me

- Summary of Part One
- The theory of Heaviness and Lightness
- Into the Character of Thomas
- A look at Tereza’s Dreams
- Summary of Part Two
- Into the Character of Tereza
- The Yin and Yang of Lovemaking
- Tomas’s infidelity


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