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Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia

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MICHAL VIEWEGH's short and witty novel Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia is the story of Beata Kralova and her not-so-young tutor. Beata is a 20-year-old drop-out and daughter of Denis Kral (i.e., King), a Czech "new millionaire" of dubious connections. Beata embraces lover after lover as well as causes new to Eastern Europe: the environment, animal rights, feminism, consum ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Readers International (first published 1994)
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Vasko Genev
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Реших съвсем умишлено, че ще започна да чета тази книга предубедено. Нарочно. След като бях прочел „Чудесни години – кучета ги яли” си бях втълпил по някакъв странен - подсъзнателен и дрън-дрън... начин, че вероятно ми е била толкова смешна, именно защото съм бил предубеден. Този път реших да приложа "превантивна" мярка (разбира се, безсмислено и глупаво) - внуших си, че няма да ми хареса..
Не търся смешното. Просто си чета. Началото беше обнадеждаващо, особено след като минах дузина неравни абза
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Ivana Books Are Magic
This is my second novel by Michal Viewegh. The first one was Biowife ( that is how I assume it will be translated in English eventually but the original title in Czech is Biomanželka) and I will review that one some other time. I must admit that I actually liked Biomanželka better. Oh, no I have managed to digress even before I started reviewing it! This is not going to motivate you to read this review, is it?

Well, I hope it won’t set you off because I do have some things to say about this nove
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Adrijan
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Kratka i slana veza koja je završila životnim množenjem sa nulom. Kao kviki gric.
Sara Zovko
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ova duhovita i satirična, pika i čitljiva knjiga uhvatila me i nisam si mogla pomoći, pročitala sam je kroz nekoliko sati. Neobična struktura knjige, sa puno citata drugih pisaca koji se sjajno uklapaju u samu knjigu, te tragičan kraj djevojke Beate, kojeg pisac otkriva već gotovo na samom početku, ovu knjigu čine posebnom od drugih i daju joj jednu neobičnu dinamiku (koja se istovremeno mnogima i neće svidjeti).
Govori o odnosu učitelja koji se nosi sa krizom srednjih godina i upušta se u romant
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Veru Březinová
Po první skvělé polovině jsem se docela začínala bát, že Viewegh napsal kromě Báječných let další skvělou knihu. Několikrát jsem se smála nahlas a příběh krásně a zajímavě plynul. V půlce se to ale zvrtlo, protože autorovy vsuvky a poznámky se staly až trapnými a příběh se začal bortit. Citáty od jiných autorů mi rozhodně nevadily, kurzíva za to strašně. Konec úplně postrádal pointu, kterou spisovatel vyzradil prakticky už na začátku - povídka z Playboye na konci knihy už byla jen posledním utrp ...more
Andy John
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Co dodat. Za jeden den jsem přelouskala Výchovu dívek v Čechách a to jsem ze začátku než jsem si knížku přečetla měla obavy, že se mi kniha nebude líbit, ale opak je pravdou. Knížka se mi líbila, ale konec byl takový zvláštní, povídka z play boye pro mě byl trochu utrpěním, proto jsem ji rychle přelouskala, aby to bylo za mnou.
terka
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-czech, library, school, 2014
autor me svym uzivanim kurzivy privadi k silenstvi
John Brookes
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a slim but dense novel, which mainly concerns the story of a middle-aged teacher who is employed by a local Mafia boss to teach his 20 year old daughter, Beata, creative writing. From the narrator's first visit to the gloomy bedroom of this uncommunicative individual, it is apparent that this is no ordinary task – he is actually expected to bring her out of her depression after the break-up with a former boyfriend, based upon the vague notion that she has previously expressed a wish to w ...more
Simona
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
The story is about a teacher-writer hired by a wealthy entrepreneur in order to teach his 20 yo daughter how to write. For me, this was the third book of this Czech author who is also very popular here (in Slovenia). His main thread through all books exposes, in humorous/satirical way, democratic delusions of life in the post-communist state. First book was fun, but in the third he didn’t offer, unfortunately, anything new. Not stylistic, not in the content.
Stig
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years after the Velvet Revolution, a Czech entrepreneur - well, shady "businessman", really, or brothel owner, if truth be told - asks a teacher to give his depressed daughter a course in creative writing, and hilarity ensues.

No spoilers, but this is a very funny book, not least because of Viewegh's linguistic virtuosity.

Jim Elkins
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: czech
Excellent, larded with bitter humor, uninvited sarcasm, parody, parody of parody, delight in the undermining of the parody of the parody, etc., compulsive irony, staged melancholy, sadness undermined by artificiality, and very brief glimpses of actual goals, ambitions, and feelings. An excellent antidote to the continuing North American fascination with Kundera, who comes across here as a pompous aging philosopher.[return][return]Viewegh rewrites much of Czech literary history by entirely & know ...more
Elsje
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Ik kreeg Bringing up girls in Bohemia ooit van mijn nicht. Het stond al jaren ongelezen in mijn boekenkastje met 'ooit te lezen boeken'. Van de week had ik er ineens zin in. En het bleek een heel bijzonder boekje te zijn!

Het verhaal
het verhaal speelt zich af in 1992, in een buitenwijk van Praag. De ik-persoon, de jonge leraar Tsjechisch aan een middelbare school krijgt het lucratieve aanbod om de dochter van de locale miljonair (Nieuw Geld van na de wende) Kral te helpen bij haar schrijfwerk. De
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Heta
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my quest to read a book from every single country in the world within the next 5-ish years, I stumbled across Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia, a book by a popular contemporary Czech author, Michal Viewegh. Without knowing much of the book, I decided to dive in. And boy am I glad I did!

Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia follows a man (told in the foreword of the Finnish edition to basically be a Viewegh himself) as he is invited by a wealthier man, mr. Král, to teach his daughter Beata creative writing
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Marisolera
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Se lee rápido, te entretiene, te hace reír a ratos, y piensas qué puede de tener de sorpresivo el final si te lo cuenta por la mitad (pero al final sí es sorpresivo aunque un poco marrullero). Cuenta la historia de un profesor de instituto checo que es contratado por un mafioso local para darle un cursillo de escritura creativa (o algo así) a su hija, sumida en una depresión por penas de amores. Como es obvio, el profesor se acaba enamorando de su alumna. Beata, que así se llama la muchacha, pa ...more
Dana
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michal Viewegh este al şaselea autor ceh pe care îl citesc după Jaroslav Hašek, Kafka, Karl Josef Bones, Milan Kundera şi Jiří Marek. Mi-am dorit să parcurg volumul Cum se educă fetele în Boemia pentru că se anunţa a fi un roman de dragoste în context modern şi pentru că literatura cehă nu m-a dezamăgit niciodată, fiind un amalgam interesant de scrieri obscure, mistice, romantice, filosofice sau umoristice, pe teme ce variază de la opresiunea istorică la satira societăţii.

Deşi este un roman scur
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Heidi Goehmann
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m going to call this review “lost in translation.” It could be my lack of knowledge regarding pre- or post- communist Czech culture and education, or the actual translating from its original language, but I didn’t get it. It addresses affairs and suicide but I’m not sure where the suicide was and what motive the characters had for having an affair together. I did appreciate the writing style as the author addressed developing the story within the story.
Oana Ciurdarean
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Viewegh caught my attention and made me eager to read more from the Czech literature.
The story of he writer and Beata is simple and in the same time fascinating offering the reader an insight into life after communism (and into extra-marital relationships).
Martina Horníková
První půlku se děj neuvěřitelně táhne, ale pořád máte pocit, že se to pořádně rozjede. Pak se to překlopí a události jdou až moc rychle. Nelíbil se mi ani autorův styl. Knížka mě neoslovila. Čekala jsem od ní víc, takže pro mě byla zklamáním. Ale ještě dám příběhu šanci v podobě filmu.
Suzie
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jedna z mejch nejoblíbenějších knížek vůbec. Viewegha mám fakt ráda, ale Báječná léta a Účastníci jsou už moc zmedializovaný. Tohle je skvělá knížka, nemohla jsem se od ní odtrhnout, i když jsem jí četla už několikrát.
Ivan Stazic
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although the story is very indulgent and purposely shocking, Viewegh's style is still very involving and unusual, often much more humorous than expected and definitely warrants a 2nd go at another novel of his.
Davor K
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prilično zanimljiv roman, koji iako se lako čita nije tek laki ljubavni romančić.
Puno citata koji prekidaju ionako isprekidanu radnju i rana najava tragičnog kraja - sve to čini roman malo drugačijim ...
Jana
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Good book, but little bit confusing. I got lost in his rambling and overly analysed philosophy. But love his teacher perspective of the human school institution.
Allison
Sep 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Another forced read.
Bernarda
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book, nice to read. Love the way Michal writes. Also read his other books
Veronika
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viewegh mě docela zaujal a zaujala mě i tato knížka. Námět mi přijde docela zajímavý :-) A filmové zpracovní také stojí za to!
Kaloyana
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Първо прочетох "Народна топка", но повече се впечатлих от тази книга. Интересна житейска история, психологизмът на която е описан по начин, който докосва. Определно харесвам Вивег.
Ondřej Trhoň
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Nakonec dost dobré.
Nina
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
(Morda) postmodernistični roman o na neuspeh obsojeni ljubezenski zvezi.
Vanda
May 30, 2008 added it
A shout out to the homeland! Actually, it's agreat book.
Dijana
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
just thing that this is one of that books that every girl/woman must read.
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