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Alain meditates on the navel.It was the month of June, the morning sun was emerging from the clouds, and Alain was walking slowly down a Paris street. He observed the young girls: every one of them showed her naked navel between trousers belted very low and a T-shirt cut very short. He was captivated, captivated and even disturbed: it was as if their seductive power resideAlain meditates on the navel.It was the month of June, the morning sun was emerging from the clouds, and Alain was walking slowly down a Paris street. He observed the young girls: every one of them showed her naked navel between trousers belted very low and a T-shirt cut very short. He was captivated, captivated and even disturbed: it was as if their seductive power resided no longer in their thighs, their buttocks, or their breasts but in that small round hole at the center of the body....

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ISBN : 25436862
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Number of Pages : 12 Pages
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The Apologizer Reviews

  • Melki
    2018-12-01 08:03

    "You’re walking along the street, lost in thought. Along comes a girl, walking straight ahead, as if she were the only person in the world, looking neither left nor right. You jostle each other. And there it is, the moment of truth: Who’s going to bawl out the other person, and who’s going to apologize?""The person who apologizes is declaring himself guilty. And if you declare yourself guilty you encourage the other to go on insulting you, blaming you, publicly, unto death."What begins as an exercise in navel contemplation ends in a philosophical discussion of morality,philosophy, life, death and free will as a man fantasizes a conversation with the mother who abandoned him.“Feeling guilty or not feeling guilty—I think that’s the whole issue. Life is a struggle of all against all."Another New Yorker freebie: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

  • Seemita
    2018-12-13 08:59

    If we would stack all the little (not decorative or intimidating) words that we find the most difficult to utter, ‘sorry’ would make it within Top 3. A benign, haggled word that people would rather keep wrapped in cupboards than let it breathe the redeeming air of frayed events. But you do know someone from whose tongue drop “sorrys” like the rain drops during a monsoon lash. May be that someone is your friend. A colleague may be? The instructor at the music school? Or did you realize it’s your mother? Kundera’s Alain knows it’s HIM. His world is a contorted form of the word “apology” as if someone had taken the seven letters, inflated them manifold, joined them with some unbreakable thread and tied them into a massive enclosure within which Alain lived, mildly cantankerous but mostly, peaceful. We get to witness one day of his life where some momentary stops of his thought train give us a glimpse of his love life, his routine day and his friend circle. But the train is primarily headed to his childhood which seems to have its origin in the present day. And here, we sit transfixed, occasionally nodding our head to encourage Alain, as he talks with alarming alacrity, about his mother and why he does not mind so much to be an ‘apologizer’.A person who is both an intruder and gentle is condemned, by an implacable logic, to apologize throughout his whole life.

  • aLena
    2018-12-15 09:18

    Ja na početku svakog čitanja Kundere: Tačno ne razumijem sav taj hajp oko ovog Kundere, kunem se.Ja od polovine do kraja priče: *jeca* razumijem, ponovo sve razumijem, oprosti mi Milane.

  • Luís C.
    2018-12-08 11:14

    Alain is a man who has strange thoughts. His mother left him and his father when he was young. When he was growing up, his father told him his mom never wanted him born. This provokes a strange attitude in Alain.In an effort to explain his apologetic tendencies, he comes up with with a morbid backstory for his mother, explaining why she didn’t have an abortion. Even as an adult, he “speaks” to her via a photo in his apartment. Her departure caused him to become fixated and he expresses it in strange ways.The story was beautifully complex and only occasionally confusing. When the story switched perspectives near the beginning, it was difficult to ascertain exactly what the purpose of the new storyline was. However, as the story progressed, it was definitely clarified and expanded.I liked the way Alain’s original thoughts about perceived sexuality and the navel, which were quite random, linked back later in one of his conversations with his mom.I found Alain to be a easy character to empathize with and understand, even though his methods of expression weren’t very normal.The story was well-constructed and thought-provoking. It showed a man who obviously had issues with his mother's absence and never wanted to be born. To anyone, knowing that would be horrible.Overall, “The Apologizer” made some interesting and correct observations about people who apologize frequently in conversations and why they do.It may have "only" been a short story, but it had an in-depth plot that provoked plenty of thought in the reader.SOURCE: http://www.csucauldron.com/arts_and_e...

  • Bettie☯
    2018-11-19 07:12

    ALAIN MEDITATED ON THE NAVELOpening: It was the month of June, the morning sun was emerging from the clouds, and Alain was walking slowly down a Paris street. He observed the young girls: every one of them showed her naked navel between trousers belted very low and a T-shirt cut very short. He was captivated, captivated and even disturbed: it was as if their seductive power resided no longer in their thighs, their buttocks, or their breasts but in that small round hole at the center of the body.http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...ALSO:MAXIMUM DIVRSITY IN MINIMUM SPACEOpening: A European, whether he is nationalist or cosmopolitan, rooted or uprooted, is profoundly conditioned by his relation to his homeland; the national problematic may be more complex, more grave in Europe than elsewhere, but in any case it is different there. Added to that is another particularity: alongside the large nations, Europe contains small nations, several of which have, in the past two centuries, attained or reattained their political independence.http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/200...

  • Adina
    2018-11-27 14:15

    I've been wanting to read The Unbearable lightness of Being for two years but I never seem to bring myself to actually do it. After reading this story and catching a glimpse of Kundera's writing I am determined to read the book soon. It is a strangely beautiful story about choices, rights, beginning of life and death. A lot of philosophy in only 12 pages.

  • Laura
    2018-11-18 10:59

    You may read online at New Yorker.Opening lines:It was the month of June, the morning sun was emerging from the clouds, and Alain was walking slowly down a Paris street. He observed the young girls: every one of them showed her naked navel between trousers belted very low and a T-shirt cut very short. He was captivated, captivated and even disturbed: it was as if their seductive power resided no longer in their thighs, their buttocks, or their breasts but in that small round hole at the center of the body.

  • hanna
    2018-11-26 08:10

    “And you’re wrong. The person who apologizes is declaring himself guilty. And if you declare yourself guilty you encourage the other to go on insulting you, blaming you, publicly, unto death. Such are the inevitable consequences of the first apology."Ahhh I resonate with this so strongly because I happen to be a grade A apologizer, I must quit this habit before I end up like pitiful Alain.

  • Saloni Chaudhary
    2018-12-09 12:18

    I like this guy!

  • Sreeparnaa Chaudhury
    2018-12-10 10:13

    "The Apologizer" for especially someone who is not very familiar with Kundera's style of prose, is both a refreshing and mind-bending piece. It is the story of a boy named Alain who has seen his mother the last time when he was merely a ten-year-old boy. He later gets to know from his father that his mother didn't want to give birth to him. He tells Alain that she probably lives in America but has had no clue about her whereabouts in all these years. Alain keeps a picture of his mother he remembers as this young, beautiful woman in his home and engages in dreamlike conversations with it from time to time. The short story is neatly divided into eight sections that jolts the reader's mind with apparently a heady conglomeration of the most heterogeneous elements but as he approaches the end, he realises it is the writer's deliberate ploy to blend them into a unified whole. The sections create a little world of their own and seem to be relatively independent but beneath the visceral incoherence will a reader find its stern coherence. Kundera tells an unlikely story that chooses to be unlikely in the unlikeliest way possible. The story is built on its powerful imagery in the same way as a house is built on its seams. He synthesizes a deft fusion of imagination and reality in perfect harmony that is bound to unsettle the reader at first but will eventually make him think of life, death, birth, soul, body, strength and weakness in a different light. It has the tremendous audacity to break down the reader's defense and shatter the beliefs that he's been holding onto till now, making him feel almost like a vulnerably pathetic impotent. Yet, he will be driven by a deep, unconscious, incomprehensible need to read this that he knows will tear his insides apart in his quest to know the unknown.

  • Vilém Zouhar
    2018-11-25 11:04

    With its only 15 pages it's rather a short story, but since it's been published independently, why not. As Kundera's fan, I really liked this one, but I noticed a subtle thing: people in Kundera's books do have different opinions on disparate philosophical questions, but when they interact (talk, have sex, etc..) they all seem to think about the same thing. That's kind of strange since normally people not only have different opinions, but also contemplate completely different things.But hey, even this didn't prevent me giving this book 5 stars.

  • Irena
    2018-12-16 08:05

    “Quit your apologies! What do you know about my life, my little idiot! Can I call you idiot? Yes, don’t be angry; in my own opinion, you are an idiot! And you know where your idiocy comes from? From your goodness! Your ridiculous goodness!”

  • Simon
    2018-11-20 08:00

    Nice litte short story with some familiar Kundera vibes, though both the ideas and language feel partly flat here, perhaps because of the translation. But as it only takes a few minutes and it's free, there isn't much to apologize for. *wink*

  • Dragutin Vukovic
    2018-11-17 12:53

    Life is a struggle of all against all ... seems Kundera got his share of reading Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke, and extrapolated a bit.

  • Ali
    2018-11-26 10:55

    Great text. Plays a familiar tone.

  • Ana-Maria
    2018-12-09 12:56

    This short story is weirdly beautiful talking about life's start, rights and the problems facing an unwanted child

  • Sayantan Ghosh
    2018-11-29 13:09

    Prose finishes her daily chores, and goes out in the evening to take a walk in Milan Kundera's pages.