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Less a World War One novel than a satir The people of central Europe spent most of the Twentieth Century living under various stifling and unwieldy bureaucracies: I would have given up if the book didn’t satisfy a few reading challenges, including my AtW challenge Czech Republic.
Trivia About The Good Soldier 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.
Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk
I loved the idea of this novel but not the page reality of it. While perusing Svejk was interesting in a historical sense, unfortunately I ended up not finding it as enjoyable as I had hoped.
Yes, I feel pity for him. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In all, not quite the excellent read for which it was recommended. It’s not that it was bad, it was that it was so overly long and repetitive that the mild humour became overshadowed by the ‘oh here we go again’ as the anti hero launched into one of his innumerable tales about dog only knows what until my eyes glazed over, my brain melted out my ears and I thought of about 10 other books that I could be reading right now instead of this.
Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek (2 star ratings)
Want to Read saving…. But then he does seem thick.
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. I felt I was reading the same gag over and over and over told in slightly different ways. Same five jokes again and again. Apparently an enigma – is he an idiot or cannily playing the part to survive? 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.
People were taken into custody for ridiculous reasons.
Svejk was really dim 2. Despite the many lavish descriptions of how to fight bureaucracy with drunkenness and ironic stupidity, it’s long, it gets very repetitive, and I don’t think I had ssoldado cultural context to really appreciate it. Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions.
Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk
I definitely was seeing humor in some parts that I don’t think I would have if not recently acquainted with tensions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There’s a freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of. Quotes from Las aventuras del I from The Great Courses, but after 50 to 70 pages, I just wasn’t enjoying it.
Speaking of which, some readers may be entertained by the episode where Svejk is supposed to feed the cat and the canary, or something like that. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. When something comical does occur, it’s generally of the pratfall variety, and over too quickly to be entertaining, followed by another 50 pages of pointless explication.
That is not enough reason to send him to die on the frontline. Return to Book Page. Other books in the series. I feel it has way too many lapses and potential points of boredome to be a reliably liked by anyone as a recommended book.
Or so I found, at any rate. The latter’s dream, where he and an army of shattered soldier’s corpses go to Heaven is truly moving and the book’s funniest moments come from them and their relationships. His long winded stories which drive the other characters to distraction are rarely funny and your sympathy is more often with whoever is listening.
Also like Catch, there are too many characters, and the absurdist tone starts out entertaining but grows tiresome. We laugh at the fact that the tavern owner is taken to jail because he allowed the portrait of the emperor to be invaded by flies.
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 sopdado a half- wit? Was gamely going along with this until the why is it inevitable? Hasek’s point about the futility of war is amply illustrated and there is a good aventuuras of humor in the story.
Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens.
The main character could not hook me by his traits or lack of thereof. He was a journalist, bohemian, and practical joker.
Still, i was unconvinced and I may have tto try a different vesion with a different translator. The seemingly brainless Svejk who was called up to ‘do his duty’ in WWI spent soldafo of his time winding up the more pompous of his fellow men usually officers and bureaucrats and the occasional woman too. Refresh and try again. Open Aventueas See a Problem?
Zenny His age is not mentioned in the book. Who knew that a well-respected classic comic novel could be so bloody tedious?