The Joke is a novel by Milan Kundera that is about a man named Ludvik Jahn and his life until the age of 37. The novel covers the events in his life from various perspectives roughly from the time of his adolescence until the time he is 37, but does not follow a linear pattern. Instead, the novel concentrates on how Jahn's actions influence others and affect those individuals that come in contact with him.
The novel starts with Jahn entering into his hometown of Morava with a specific goal in mind. We will later learn that his goal and intentions are anything but admirable or heroic. When Jahn sees a woman that he once loved dearly, he is taken back to his past and spends the majority of the novel reminiscing on what happened to him as an adolescent.
Jahn had his life fully thought out when he was...
The Joke Lesson Plans contain 106 pages of teaching material, including: