The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 5, Chapter 17 Summary
- Two years is about as long as anyone can be on holiday, and Tomas is now in his third year of window-washing.
- He's also physically exhausted from having so much sex with so many different women, though his curiosity is still insatiable.
- One day, he's getting off early from work, and hasn't had sex with anyone.\
- He panics and tries to call a young woman about ten times, someone he's had trysts with many times in the past.
- Then, while he's walking down the street, he runs into a woman who greets him.
- He does not recognize her and tries to figure out who she is as quickly as he can so he can get her to go have sex with him.
- Finally he realizes – she is the young woman he has been trying to call all day.
- This proves to him that he is as tired mentally as he is physically, and that his two-year-long holiday has come to an end.
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