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Three Novels: Hordubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life

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This trilogy of novels was the culmination of Karel Capek's career. The novels share neither characters nor events; instead, they approach the problem of knowing people—of mutual understanding—in a variety of ways. Detectives faced with a murder reconstruct the crime, but not the character of the man who was murdered. Three people tell stories about a dying pilot they know ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Catbird Press (first published January 1st 1967)
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Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Capek is one of the most under appreciated authors of the 20th century. He wrote, literally (pun intended), in almost every single genre. Also, Capek was a candidate for the noble prize in literature, but was not awarded because he refused to write less critical Nazi and Communist literature. Being born in what was then Czechoslovakia, Capek's sentiment uncannily predicted Czechoslovakia's history for the next 50 years after his death.

"Three novels" is an entertaining and thought provoking coll
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hordubal se mi líbil moc, hlavně ten jazyk, jména a Hordubalovy myšlené rozhovory - ****.
Povětroň mě nenadchnul - ***.
A Obyčejný život je naprosto geniální! *****
Patrick Al-de Lange
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a hard one to rate.
Three novels in one. The first, Hordubal, is the best of the three by far. A wonderful, almost absurd tale of a man who comes back home after years and can't tell his wife is having an affair. As a twist, it ends as a sort of detective story. This novel is the perfect example of why I like to seek out books native to the country I am visiting. It has a bit of history and gives a view on Czech culture of the time and region the novel is set in.

The 2nd story is the sk
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smekám klobouk před Čapkem. Tímto se stává oficiálně mým oblíbeným českým autorem.
Hordubal byl jedno velké překvapení. Na styl psaní Čapkova jsem si zvykla rychle a hned se do něj zamilovala! Je neuvěřitelné, jak je český jazyk tak pestrý.
Povětroň nebyl tak dobrý, trochu jsem se v ději ztrácela. Bylo to více postavami, a každá z nich vyprávěla jiný příběh o té samé osobě. Ale nakonec to nebylo zase tak špatné.
Obyčejný život to ale zase vylepšil. Životopis obyčejného člověka, který nakone
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zatraceně dobrá povinná četba (kéž by taková byla každá).. Nemohu dát plný počet, protože se v každém z příběhů sem tam objevila část, kterou jsem se nemohla prokousat a víceméně mě nudila, ale jinak byly všechny tři příběhy svým způsobem dost silné a ohromně zajímavé, plné podnětných myšlenek..
Skvělá zkušenost.

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Jake Cooper
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, novels, male-author
A triptych consisting of three ~150 pg novellas, each (according to the excellent preface) about identity, and the possibility of knowing a person. Well-written, but often dull. I didn't make it to the 3rd story.
Marek Herman
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
We had to read this mandatory at school, when compared to other Capek's book, this one was terribly boring...
Joel Pelanne
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
An amazing collection of novels. Like Beckett, without the crushing hopelessness (okay, maybe a little bit).
Aug 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
I actually only read Hordbul, but it was great.
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Karel Čapek is one of the the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century. He wrote with intelligence and humour on a wide variety of subjects. His works are known for their interesting and precise descriptions of reality, and Čapek is renowned for his excellent work with the Czech language. His play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) first popularized the word "robot".