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If only he had died sooner. Much of this book consists of the main character, the standard vaudevillian “lovable oaf with a heart of gold”, wandering around the countryside thinking not-terribly-interesting thoughts. And, by the way, I could not manage to read a whole Don Quixote as well. If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would be astonished, but there it’s the most common or garden thing to do. Published by DeBolsillo first published Other books in the series. I’m shifting uneasily in my chair just thinking about it!

For students of the period or the region there is plenty of interest here.

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Casi 9 meses tarde en leerlo. Want to Read saving…. To view it, click here. Still, i was unconvinced and I may have tto try a different vesion with a different translator. Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens. There are about a zillion different Svejk antics in the book, that mostly end up the same way– he nearly gets, jailed, committed or exe It abenturas hard to pick a rating for Jaroslav Hasek’s novel “The Good Soldier Svejk.

The same goes for Svejk, who is the innocent, if foolish victim of abuses and unlucky turns of events. The futility, even lws, of life among the plebs results in endless drinking and plenty of shitting. I felt like that was good preparation The actor is asking a woman – Yes… – Then I can take your place In the adaptation that I listened to, Svejk is played by another actor who was considered one of the best, if not the very best of his generation: Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions.


Aventurss loved the idea of this novel but not the page reality of it. Speaking of which, some readers may be entertained by the episode where Svejk is supposed to feed the cat and the canary, or something like that.

Had it been given a good edit for length and content, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Well thank goodness that’s over!

Which made me realize something though I found this book quite a difficult read mostly because the main narrative is often interrupted by anecdotes told by Svejk. I enjoyed what I read, but never loved it — the humor reminded me, more than anything else, of PG Wodehouse.

Despite the many lavish descriptions of how to fight bureaucracy with drunkenness and ironic stupidity, it’s long, it gets very repetitive, and I don’t think I had the cultural context to really appreciate it. Apparently an enigma – is he an idiot or cannily playing the part to survive?

Anyhow, he could be very good, but in comedies. Refresh and try again.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk

While I understand Hasek’s influence on later Eastern European writers and this book is therefore mildly interesting from a historical perspective, this isn’t a book to be read for entertainment in the 21st century.

I had recently done some reading around WW1 topics, so when I saw this on the shelves I thought it would be a good time to get around to this.


I definitely was seeing humor in some parts that I don’t think I would have if not recently acquainted with solxado of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He also wrote some 1, short stories. The main characte Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk

soldsdo It was pretty clever and the jokes and stories svej, pretty good. At some point, I realized soladdo was just going to continue in the same vein, and I wasn’t bothering to form any new impressions, so I put aside for now. It could be that the humour was too straightforward in Svejk.

I’m not sure if this book could be recommended to any specific type of person. I didn’t manage to finish this. But for that man and others who suffered the injustice it must have been pretty hard. The seemingly brainless Svejk who was called up to ‘do his duty’ in WWI spent all of his time winding up the more pompous of his fellow men usually officers and bureaucrats and the occasional woman too.

Joseph Heller said he could never have written his surreal epic without having read this WWI picaresque by Hasek. Hasek’s point about the futility of war is amply illustrated and there is a good bit of humor in the story. The big difference here is that 1 there’s no shift from fast witty one-liners soodado to serious plot stuff at the end and 2 the fast witty one-liners are not fast or one-liners.

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