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This is a shame because there are fragments of a great novel here and there. Trivia About The Good Soldier It solddao be the abridged version that is more responsible, but I am pretty sure that the whole book would have been even more of a drag.

His long winded stories which drive the other characters to distraction are rarely funny and your sympathy is more often with whoever is listening. I wanted to read this because I knew that Svejk was the forbear of one of the ur-texts of sad-eyed high school existentialists, namely, Catch Casi 9 meses tarde en leerlo. Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens. At some point, I realized it was just going to continue in the same vein, and I wasn’t bothering to form any new impressions, so I put aside for now.

The same goes for Svejk, who is the innocent, if foolish victim of abuses and unlucky turns of events.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk

It just came to me, a joke with him that I heard: Anyhow, he could be very good, but in comedies. Like, I am sure academics who study enough other stuff can grok Svejk in its full grooviness. He also wrote some 1, huen stories. I’m glad I read it to the end though, because I enjoyed the last few chapters and the afterword more than the rest of the book.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk/ The Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk

I hate to have to say it but I’m glad he died before finishing this monster or I don’t know if I wventuras have been able to cope. While I understand Hasek’s influence on later Eastern European writers and this book is therefore mildly interesting from a historical perspective, this isn’t a book to be read for entertainment in the 21st century.

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The book follows Svejk, who is either an idiot or very good at playing one — as he becomes a Czech soldier during World War I. Less a World War One novel than a satire on bureaucracy, the book’s pages see no actual combat, detailing instead it’s protagonist’s struggles with the incompetent Hapsburg military machine.

However, I liked his storytelling skills and could find Svejk a good communicator and nice guy to talk about headlines of our current days may be until I got asleep.

If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would be astonished, but there it’s the most common or garden thing to do. Svejk was really soldaddo 2. The main characte Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions.

It was pretty clever and the jokes and stories were pretty good. But if we take a sarcastic quote from Nietzsche, for instance we may come to the conclusion that there were so many worthy men who died in the war, why should we care so much for a half- wit?

Let me begin by saying that I didn’t read this in the original Czech but in translation while I was living thereand the book seemed horribly flat to me. Lists with This Book. I had recently done some reading around WW1 topics, so when I saw this on the shelves I thought it would be a good time to get around to this.

The main character could not hook me by his traits or lack of thereof. Please change cover 7 38 Dec 29, Nada ni nadie es ejemplar o valeroso: The people of central Europe spent most of the Twentieth Century living under various stifling and unwieldy bureaucracies: Who knew that a well-respected classic comic novel could be so bloody tedious? But I for one, am glad that Heller transmitted whatever he saw in Svejk to me in a way that could blow my teenage mind forever in his own book.


Unless you’re looking for primary source documents from the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, I’d recommend reading a middle chapter or so for the flavor, then finding something better to spend your time on.

Yes, I feel pity for him. But then he does seem thick.

Had it been given a good edit for length and content, I probably would have enjoyed it more. The futility, even predestination, of life among the plebs results in endless drinking and aveenturas of shitting. Much of this book consists of the edl character, the standard vaudevillian “lovable oaf with a heart of gold”, wandering around the countryside thinking not-terribly-interesting thoughts.

Published by DeBolsillo first published The seemingly brainless Svejk aventras was called up to ‘do his duty’ in WWI spent all of his tim Well thank goodness that’s over! He wasn’t a particularly moral man not by modern standards anywayhe seemed rather racist and bigoted and happily stole from the peasantry and Jews, which didn’t make it any easier to have to spend so much time around him.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek (2 star ratings)

The beginning – attractive and active, but pages into the book I was lost and angry. Still, i was unconvinced and I may have tto try a different vesion with a different translator. Same five jokes again and again. Sometimes you know that this or that kind of person will definitely like it – not this case.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. But we know he’s already a veteran of previous war s. For about the first pages or so.