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Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions. When something comical does occur, it’s generally of the pratfall variety, and over too quickly to be entertaining, followed by another 50 pages lws pointless explication. We laugh at the fact that the tavern owner is taken to jail because he allowed the portrait of the emperor to be invaded by flies. Anyhow, he could be very good, but in comedies.

It may be the abridged version that is more responsible, but I am pretty sure that the whole book would have been even more of a drag.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek (2 star ratings)

Unless you’re looking for primary source documents from the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, I’d recommend reading a middle chapter or so for the flavor, then finding something better to spend your time on.

Same five jokes again and again. Trivia About The Good Soldier While perusing Svejk was interesting in a historical sense, unfortunately I ended up not finding it as enjoyable as I had hoped.

People were taken into custody for ridiculous reasons. By then it was beginning to pall and there was still pages to go. The story has probably lost much of its power in the time that has past since it was first written or the cultural divide was too wide to grasp some of the humor.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk/ The Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk

Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens. While I understand Hasek’s influence on later Eastern European writers and this book is xel mildly interesting from a historical perspective, this isn’t a book to be read for entertainment in the 21st century. I was told this book would look different after a couple of years, however, I am not sure I would give it a shot in that time.


If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would svrjk astonished, but there it’s the most common or garden thing to do. 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.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk

Hasek’s point about the futility of war is amply illustrated and there is svvejk good bit of humor in the story.

Casi 9 meses tarde en leerlo. The same goes for Svejk, who is the innocent, if foolish victim of abuses and unlucky turns of events. It was pretty clever and the jokes and stories were pretty good. There are about a zillion different Svejk antics in the book, that mostly end up the same way– he nearly gets, jailed, committed or executed but someone believes he is just too dumb for words and therefore he is saved.

He wasn’t a particularly solrado man not by modern standards anywayhe seemed sldado racist and bigoted and happily stole from the peasantry and Jews, which didn’t make it any easier to have to spend so much time around him. I would have given up if the book didn’t satisfy a few reading challenges, including my AtW challenge Czech Republic. I found this book quite a difficult read mostly because the main narrative is often interrupted by anecdotes told by Svejk.

The seemingly brainless Svejk who was called up to ‘do his duty’ in WWI spent all of his time winding up the soldadk pompous of his fellow men usually officers and bureaucrats and the occasional woman too.

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Published by DeBolsillo first published To view it, click here. Open Preview See a Problem? I loved the idea of this novel but not the page reality of it. Who knew that a well-respected classic comic novel could be so bloody tedious? 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 was hard to pick a rating for Jaroslav Hasek’s novel “The Good Soldier Svejk.

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For students of the period or the region there is plenty of interest here. I from The Great Courses, but after 50 to 70 pages, I just wasn’t enjoying it.

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Joseph Heller said he could never have written his surreal epic without having read this WWI picaresque by Hasek. But other readers might find it a terrible slog. The beginning – attractive and active, but pages into the book I was lost and angry.

It was also frustrating not knowing where all the places mentioned are as it made difficult to follow his movements.

In all, not quite the excellent read for which it was recommended. I wanted to read it, because it was recommended by lad on W. If only he had died sooner. I felt like that was good preparation I’m shifting uneasily in my chair just thinking about it!

Like, I am sure academics who study enough other stuff can grok Svejk in its full grooviness. Sometimes you know that this scejk that kind of person will definitely like it – not this case. Lists with This Book. I felt I was reading the same gag over and over and over told in slightly different ways. There is little development of plot or character.

It could be that the humour was too straightforward in Svejk.