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Tuntematon sotilas

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,267 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Väinö Linnan kirjailijanuran loistava, historiallinen läpimurto. Sodan kritiikki ja suomalaisen sotilaan muistomerkki. Romaani, joka kulkee isältä pojalle.

Vuonna 2004 Tuntemattoman sotilaan ilmestymisestä tuli kuluneeksi 50 vuotta.
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published 2005 by WSOY (first published December 3rd 1954)
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Manny
Apr 03, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most people outside Scandinavia hardly even know what happened to Finland during World War II. Initially, the Russians had a non-aggression pact with the Germans, so that left their hands free to attack Finland. The Finns defended doggedly, but it looked like it was just a matter of time. Then the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, and the Russians were suddenly fighting for their lives. The Finns, operating on the "enemy's enemy" principle, coordinated their counter-attack on Russia with th ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Sep 29, 2015 Matti Karjalainen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kaikille. Suuri suomalainen romaani.
Väinö Linnan "Tuntematon sotilas" (WSOY, 2009) on niitä kirjoja, joista on vaikea kirjoittaa mitään uutta tai ennen näkemätöntä. Olen lukenut kirjan useita kertoja, mutta lienenköhän viimeksi lukenut sen viimeksi opiskeluaikaan, yli kymmenen vuotta sitten? Niin tai näin, romaanin tapahtumat olivat hyvin mielessä ihan yksittäisten kohtausten ja jopa repliikkien tasolla.

Ei ole varmaan liioiteltua väittää, että kirja onkin osa jonkinlaista suomalaista kollektiivista tajuntaa, lainataanhan sitä tois
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Richard
Oct 16, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read much on Finland, Russia, the Winter War, Mannerheim, the Continuation War, Finnish Civil War---I wanted a fictional account. I have read hundreds of quality war books, from Juengers books to Remarque, Grossmans "Life and Fate", Barry, Hemingway, Spanish Civil War, Russian, Irish, but this...this was hallucinatory, odd, strange. The men depicted are human: cowards, patriotic, afraid, horny, confused. Linna got much shit for this book. Impola says it wasn;t the best translation, but it ...more
Kirjaneito
En pysty vielä prosessoimaan sitä mitä tulin juuri lukeneeksi. Minua itkettää. Lyhyesti sanottuna: loistava kirja.
Maiju
Dec 05, 2015 Maiju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015
Omg! I did it! Only took me 16 years, but I finally finished this book!
Jevgenijs Scolokovs
One of the best books about the war I have ever read! Without pathos, without philosophy and another bla-bla-bla. The book describes important moment of Finland history. On the example of Finland it is possible to learn history of all Europe, and maybe the whole world of that time. In this book we can see original true Finland with her own history and traditions. It is perfectly possible to understand national character and temper of people. This is simple soldier's truth about the war. The trut ...more
Kirjavaras
Tuntemattomasta sotilaasta puhuttaessa ei ole ylisanoja säästelty. Se on kaunistelematon ja rehellinen kokoelma kohtaloita. Aiheeltaan se on synkkä ja raskas, mutta ei täysin hylkää huumoria. Klassikko on yksi niistä kirjoista, joiden uskoo antavan vielä enemmän toisella tai kolmannella lukukerralla
Jim
Nov 26, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia
Read this in 81. When visting Finland 81 Helsinki Marathon I brought home 3 copies for friends in the States
tuukka
May 20, 2007 tuukka rated it really liked it
i've always made sure that I haven't read a war book even by an accident. after long considerations i decided to read "tuntematon sotilas" (engl. the unknown soldier). this book has gained a cult reputation in finland and in "here" people keep it as a standard that each individual has at least read the book and seen the both filmed versions of it.

one could say that i'm far from war enthustiastic but yet i really liked the book. the thing that struck me most was the fact that all the (famous) wa
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J
Sep 01, 2012 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book, like everything else I’ve ever read by Linna, is great. If you’re interested at all in The Continuation War between the Soviet Union and Finland during WWII, this is your book. Even if you’re not, this makes for excellent reading anyway. It follows a plucky group of Finnish soldiers from training camp through their ultimate defeat. It’s both sad and funny with that typical dry Finnish wit. You come to really love all of the characters and feel everything they feel.
Karla
If I rated this on enjoyment, it'd only be 3 stars. But that was the fault of the translator. (I read a 1957 English translation with prose as stiff as a board.) However, the meat of the book still managed to come through and I could see how effective it was and the enduring theme of men in war.
Anastasia
Feb 06, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finnish-lit
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The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas) is author Väinö Linna’s first major novel and his other major work besides Under the North Star. Published in 1954, it is a story about the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union as told from the viewpoint of ordinary Finnish soldiers. In general, I avoid reading Finnish books because I don’t get ‘high’ from reading them and they are often very dull. However, I like Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier). It
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Anastasia
A wonderful book! Not literally to be exact, but for some reason I really liked this book. Even as I had to read it to complete one course in school, it didn't get in the way of my literary enjoyment. And it is about war, not the nicest thing to read about.
Anyway, the way it was written and all the different characters captured me in the story, in this strange way. Because no one is the protagonist, though there are a few main characters, you don't know what others are doing or who is still goin
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Matti
Dec 05, 2012 Matti rated it really liked it
En kuulu heihin jotka katsovat Tuntematon sotilas -elokuvan joka itsenäisyyspäivä. Kirjan juoni ei siis ollut tuttu kun lähdin sitä lukemaan. Se on tottakai hyvä lähtökohta.

Väinö Linnan taitoa ihmiskuvaajana ei voi kuin ihmetellä. Varsinkin murteiden tarkka omaksuminen lyö ällikällä. Hahmot voi tunnistaa pelkistä repliikeistä. Miten yksi mies voi antaa kaikille näille hahmoille oman äänen ja hallita näin montaa murretta tällä tasolla?

Olen saanut sen kuvan että Rokka on se hahmo josta kaikki pitä
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Janne Järvinen
A hugely popular Finnish classic. If I'm not mistaken, it's the number one all time best seller here. Too bad the English translation is said to be bad. I think the book is good enough to merit more international popularity. I read the Finnish language original.

The book was written in the fifties, and it's about the second of the two wars between the USSR and Finland during WWII. I gave it a really strong three stars. Four stars, were it for the depressing subject matter, which does not diminish
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Guna
Feb 07, 2013 Guna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grāmatas tulkotāja Maima Grīnberga ir paveikusi fantastisku darbu. Ārkārtīgi skaista un niansēta valoda (varu tikai apskaust), kas ļauj novērtēt latviešu valodas bagātīgumu. Tomēr trumpis ir dažādo izlokšņu attēlošana (oriģinālā to pavisam esot vienpadsmit) un nebaidīšanās saukt lietas īstajos vārdos (respektīvi, rupjības neaizstāt ar zvaigznītēm vai eifēmismiem), jo tulkotajās grāmatās esmu novērojusi, ka dažādas runas īpatnības tiek atmestas, kas savukārt pazudina daļu grāmatas atmosfēras. Jāa ...more
L'enfermé
May 07, 2013 L'enfermé rated it liked it
I had to read this for school. No one really likes to be forced to read a book one doesn't have an interest in. I thought it would be a totally boring, considering how dull the dramatisation of this book (which is showed every year on TV in Finland, on 6th of December) is. How wrong I was. It still isn't my favourite book, but it turned out to be quite good actually, much better than I thought.

What I liked was the portrayal of relationships and mundane life of the men fighting on the front. Väi
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Thelma
Oct 07, 2015 Thelma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joka joulukuun kuudes tulee katsottua elokuva, vaan kirjaa säästelin 18 pitkää vuotta. Pysäyttävä.

Kai tälle tarinalle aina on erityinen paikka jossakin sisimmässäni, oli jo ennen kirjan lukemista, minkä vuoksi lukukokemus todennäköisesti tapahtui kera yltiöpositiivisen ennakkoasenteen. Vaan mitään en tältä enempää olisi voinut vaatia, velvollisuudekseni koen osoittaa syvää kunnioitusta tätä kirjaa kohtaan. Eikä vain tätä kirjaa, ennen kaikkea tämän kirjan taustalla olleita tapahtumia.

Väinö Lin
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Iina Allonen
Jul 02, 2015 Iina Allonen rated it liked it
Shelves: 52-2015
Skippasin kirjan koulutaipaleellani ja elokuviakaan en ole kokonaisuudessaan jaksanut kertaakaan katsoa, mutta siskoni ylistettyä kirjan maasta taivaisiin tartuin lainastossa äänikirjaversioon. Lukija teki oivallista työtä eri murteiden ja puhetapojen näyttelemisessä, joten vaikka nimimuistini on yksi huonoimmista, pysyi hahmoista kutakuinkin kärryillä.

Kirja oli 12(/15) levyn ajan yksi parhaista kuuntelukokemuksista, mutta sitten alkoi hieman turhankin tarkka kuvailu vastoinkäymisistä jotka ydi
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Juuso
Jan 25, 2015 Juuso rated it liked it
Vuosikausia hyllyssäni notkunut Suomen kirjallisuushistorian yliarvostetuin reliikki paljastui yllättävän hyväksi sotaromaaniksi. Sen jaksoi nimittäin lukea kokonaan. Syy tähän löytyy pitkälti monipuolisesta ja hauskastakin kielestä. Teos on myös hyvä kuvaus siitä kuinka kovaa hintaa ihmisten yhteisestä tyhmyydestä on sodan muodossa maksettu ja tullaan kaikesta päätellen maksamaan jatkossakin. Sinällään realistisen tuntuista sotakuvausta pilasi suomalaisten omaksi supersankari-Ramboksi kirjoitet ...more
Helene
Mar 22, 2007 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klassikere
En fryktelig historie fra vinterkrigen. Blir man ikke passifist av denne er det noe alvorlig galt fatt.
Jenni Joru
Oct 27, 2015 Jenni Joru rated it it was amazing
Tällä kertaa puolittain luettu ja puolittain pitkillä automatoilla kuunneltu Tuntematon oli jälleen pakahduttava elämys. Sodan mielettömyydessä ihmiset ylevöityvät nälän, paskan ja pelon kautta: muita suuremmiksi arvoiksi nousee solidaarisuus ja mielialan ylläpitäminen tai pelonhallinta. Ja jokainen kuolema, jonka kohdalle kertoja hetkeksi pysähtyy muutaman virkkeen ajaksi, tuntuu samanaikaisesti turhalta ja arvokkaalta uhraukselta. Veikko Honkasen luenta oli erinomainen: mietiskelevä ja eläytyv ...more
Neko McEvil
The Unknown Soldier gives a very critical view on the Continuation War. Earlier war novels would describe the soldiers as brave strong men, which was needed for the Finnish people to believe in a time of crisis. Those characters were, however, very two-dimensional and mostly worked as propaganda for those not experiencing the war first-hand.

Linna gives a much more diverse view of the soldiers. During the course of the novel we meet a handful or two of soldiers who all seem to have their own kind
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Kimmo
Oct 24, 2012 Kimmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a sign of a good novel that, although a long time has passed since the reading of it, very much of the story and characters remain fresh in memory. This is certainly one of those books. I never read it as a Finn reading classic Finnish literature, let alone as a patriotic Finn proudly absorbing Finnish history, but simply as a cracking good story.

What impressed me the most is how the depiction of incredibly bleak situations intermingles with fleshy humor and characterization. When the nove
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Ruth Bonetti
It took me a long time to read this, perhaps because I had trouble keeping track of the large cast of characters. I made notes in the back of the book to help me remember. Also because I knew many would die and there was no happy ending coming up. Actually I'm a little puzzled by that; I understood from a DVD documentary 'Beyond The Front Line' that the Finns fought valiantly to save their country from falling into Russian rule again, but gather from this it was a conceded victory rather than ou ...more
Sara
May 16, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general, I avoid reading Finnish books. I don't like the angst and dull 'nothing's-happening-in-the-whole-book' situations. But Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) is a book that snatched me from this time and place. Of course I'm familiar with the story (watching the movie is an annual thing for me and my family) but I didn't mind. Something about this book fascinates me and it has earned a highly appreciated center place in my book shelf.
Jonathan Howell
Sep 07, 2015 Jonathan Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so there is a slow bit near the start, but it grows into a wonderful bit and a great study of the continuation war. Also, as well as was pointed out to me, the start does a good job of showing everyone waiting for the inevitable war. It was actually the new translation I read, which was great, but the dialects used seemed very American to me, which I I wasn't expecting.
Katrin
Oct 02, 2013 Katrin rated it it was amazing
tuntematon sotilas on valttamatta yksi suomen suurimmista teoksista. sodan kurjuus ja kauhu on osa kirjasta ja ilman etta sita sanotaan suoraan tulee sodan hulluus meida eteen. ihmisten kuolemaa ei valiteta, sotilat elavat silla tiedolla aina ajatuksissaan. tama kirja on myos kuva suomen murteista. linna varmasti nautti hahmojen kehittamista heidan murteiden ja ominaisuuden avulla. linna nayttaa meille ei vaan sotaelama mutta talla kirjalla on myos kirjoittanut eepoksen suomen tunteista, sisusta ...more
Sonja
Jan 22, 2015 Sonja rated it it was amazing
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Muutaman kerran aiemmin kirja on tullut luettua sekä elokuva useamman kerran nähty. Silti joka kerta tarina jaksaa temmata mukaansa. Hyvä kirja ja tarina.
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Väinö Linna was one of the most influential Finnish authors of the 20th century. He shot to immediate literary fame with his third novel, Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, published in 1954), and consolidated his position with the trilogy Täällä Pohjantähden alla (Under the North Star, published in 1959–1963 and translated into English by Richard Impola).

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