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The Wooden Village

(Rivers of Babylon #2)

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Set around the wooden snack bars in a Bratislava of thieves and pornographers, the characters of Rivers of Babylon sink to new depths and rise to new heights. A naïve American Slovak blunders into Rácz’s world and nearly loses his life in this black comedy.
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published 2008 by Garnett Press (first published 1994)
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Kika
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toto som hltala stránku po stránke!
Lori
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Slabší jak první díl, místy mi to přišlo takové dost sílené a tím, že jednotlivé osudy postav už nebyly tak propletené, tomu trochu chyběl šmrnc a nějaký pořádný spojovací prvek. Ale pořád to má svou specifickou atmosféru, to jo.
Nina Marcineková
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
o dosť slabšie. dejová línía až rušivo neusporiadaná a postavy sa pridávajú a odoberajú len tak, bez stmelovacieho materiálu. stále je to však (aspoň občas) sranda. žiaľ, jednotka vystrelila latku do stratosféry.
Robert Frecer
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miestami sa Pistankovi vytratil ten cit pre situacny humor z #1ky, a niektore situacie su uz prestrelene za hranicu vtipu. Ale stale vynikajuce pribehy z bratislavsko-novoveskeho-drobnokriminalneho prostredia, to ja, citatel, velmi ocenujem. On, Pistanek, ma stale patent na najoriginalnejsiu gramaticku formu vyznacenia priamej reci, to sa mu, Pistankovi, musi nechat.
Martin Dubeci
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jednotka bola lepšia. Stále je to však kniha, pri ktorej sa budete nahlas smiať. 90s!
Harry Rutherford
Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Rivers of Babylon, which I read recently, and book two of a trilogy.

Rivers of Babylon, you may remember, follows a character called Rácz as he fights his way up from stoking the boilers of a big hotel in Bratislava to become a powerful businessman/crime lord. The Wooden Village focuses on one of the minor characters from that novel: Freddy Piggybank, who works in the hotel car park.

I didn't think it was quite so successful; it suffers not so much from the absence of Rácz as
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Janko Hudáček
Zo sondy do bratislavskej low-class sa postupne stáva dospelácka rozprávka. Mal som spočiatku výhrady; už nemám. Pišťanek síce stráca dych, no tají to, klame telom a ja mu to celé hltám za večer. Spokojnosť.
Caroline Turazová
Pre mňa Drevená dedina zatiaľ vedie! Páčila sa mi ešte o niečo viac ako prvá časť. Konečne som si tiež zvykla na spôsob, akým Pišťanek píše, a tak sa mi hneď ľahšie čítala! Ani v tejto časti nechýba autorov typický ostrý humor, mnohé vulgarizmy, drzosť, s akou dokáže písať - ani v tomto diele si nedáva servítku pred ústa! Už teraz sa teším na poslednú časť tejto trilógie!
Lani Taylor
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Does not hit the heights of the first novel. Really suffers from the absence of Racz and Video Urban. The Freddy Piggybank plot line is enjoyable but new characters introduced such as "The Lady" and Martin Junec are in my opinion poorly executed. ...more
Patrick Al-de Lange
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Focussing on the underbelly of Bratislava society, Pišťanek paints a tragic picture but fills it with farce and comedy. The translation seems a bit stiff, but the story more than makes up for that.
Martina
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
After reading first captures, I decided to quite the book .For one simple reason when I asked myself: What does the book bring to me? How will my knowledge of the world arise? How will i grow after reading this book? So I came to a conclusion that it doesn´t bring me anything good. I truly liked the open dialoges in the first part but this one was just too much for me to continue. However I know that the autor described very truly how it is in real life, but maybe my intention is just to keep my ...more
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Pišťanek is a prose writer who managed to come out with a new type of prose at the beginning of the 1990's. He began publishing at the end of the 1980's in Slovenské pohľady, the best literary magazine in those years. His novelistic debut, Rivers of Babylon was an unusual success with the readers as well as the critics. The author describes what was then a non-traditional topic for the Slovak lite ...more

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