The Good Soldier Švejk (Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války #1-4)
Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austro-Hungarian Army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War I - although his bumbling attempts to ge...more
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A simple Czech person Svejk became a soldier in Austro-Hungarian Army in the beginning of World War I.
His way to become one was anything but straight: despite his wholehearted attempts to enlist the moment he heard about the war, he kept stumbling from one absurd situation into another ending up literally everywhere except for the Army. When he finally gets there, even more ridiculous situations keep happening to him thanks to the military life which defies common sen ...more
One buffoonerous episode...
Yes, the drawings ...more
This isn't really a novel, more of a series of anecdotes linked together by a few characters and whose narrative drive grows weaker as the work progresses. It was written in instalments and I have never heard tell that there was an overall plan for the book.
Much of what happens and even bizarre stories like the editor who invented new animals to write about for a regular animal magazine are drawn from Hašek's own experiences.
It wa ...more
This Penguin Classics edition of The Good Soldier Šv ...more
Specifically, we at first witness Svejk, a bumbling lower class oaf who has been recruited into the army, ...more
متاسفانه نتوانستم تمامش کنم و از اواسط کتاب ولش کردم. با اینکه خواندنش را برای خودم واجب کرده بودم ...more
Anyways - it is often said that this novel was an inspiration for Catch-22. Like Catch-22, it is hilarious. Unfortunately, it tends to go on for a little too long, also like Catch-22.
The moralizing in the end does tend to break up the monotony. The book ends abruptly, but this is due to the author's unfortunate death. This also explains some 'unpolished' sections of the book.
Despite these flaws, it is still hilarious and very muc ...more
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Lo que creo que más gracias me causó fue que entre más soldado se sentía, má ...more
زمان را کمی به عقب برمیگردانیم؛ سرباز«شوایک» دارد از دستشویی بیرون میآید. حالا کمرش را سفت میکند و وارد جنگ اول جهانی میشود! شوایک درست هنگامی که درد روماتیسمش عود کرده و مشغول مالیدن پماد به پای پر موی خویش است تصمیمش را میگیرد، که خود را برای جنگ آماده کند، و تا جان در بدن دارد با دشمن ملتش، ملت اتریش که بالای سر مردمان چک است بجنگد. ولی نبرد او، نبرد نیزه با نیزه نیست. نبرد صداقت با خشونت است. خشونتی که ادعای دانایی دارد و کارهای بزرگ را در شأن خود م ...more
I believe it is one of the first examples of postmodern novels full of delicious black humour.
“I really don't know why those loonies get so angry when they're kept there. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite. If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would be astonished, but there it's the ...more
This WW1 classic Czech novel reminded me of Catch-22 or M.A.S.H. -- black humor about the way armies work. I much prefered this older translation to that of Sadlon's new one I started off with in Book 1 and also enjoyed Lada's illustrations this book had.
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.
The seemingly brainless Svejk who was called up to 'do his duty' in WWI spent all of his tim ...more
This is an unusually succinct quote from our good natured Good Soldier Svejk , who is normally given to interminable rambling anecdotes to illustrate his point (or sometimes seemingly just to pass the time), and it neatly sums ...more
Dramatisation by Christopher Reason of the satirical Czech novel by Jaroslav Hasek that charts the exploits of a WWI soldier.
When he seems to celebrate the death of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Svejk is arrested and so starts his progress through the ranks of the Austro-Hungarian army.
Hasek certainly had no respect for the Austrian Empire, the officer class, the stupidity of regulations. He does respect his fell ...more
Pembaca review yang budiman, *ehem. ...more
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