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I wanted to read this because I xventuras that Svejk was the forbear of one of the ur-texts of sad-eyed high school existentialists, namely, Catch 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.

For about the first pages or so.

He also wrote some 1, short stories. I loved the idea of this novel but not the page reality of it. I felt I was reading the same gag over and over and over told in slightly different ways.

By then it was beginning to pall and there was still pages to go. 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 sbejk it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

To view it, click here. I’m shifting uneasily in my chair just thinking about it!

Las aventuras del buen soldado Švejk

In all, not quite the excellent read for which it was recommended. This is a shame because there are fragments of a great novel here and there. I am just being sarcastic, and obviously there are many occasions when Svejk comes out all right and more intelligent than the dumb officers who are supposed to lead armies, but do not know what their ordinance is doing.

I from The Great Courses, but after 50 to 70 pages, I just wasn’t enjoying it. Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions. At the National Theater, with a great comedy actor in the lead role: He drinks a lot when he has the chance, which had been almost always before the Great War. There is little development of plot or character. Same five jokes again and again.


Trivia About The Good Soldier How old is the title character during the events of the book? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Which made me realize something though It could be that the humour was too straightforward in Svejk.

The story has its strengths and with an ironic touch, the author is delving into politics and the mistakes and exaggerations of the time of the World War I.

There’s a freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of.

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

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I have listened to an adapted version the other day and did not find it all that funny. 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.

While perusing Svejk was interesting in a historical sense, unfortunately I ended up not finding it lxs enjoyable as I had hoped. Anyhow, he could be very good, but in comedies.

Like, I am sure academics who study avsnturas other stuff can grok Svejk in its full grooviness. If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would lqs astonished, but there it’s the most common or garden thing to do. I thought I was going to love it, obviously. 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.

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

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: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


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 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. However, I liked his storytelling skills and could find Svejk a good communicator and nice guy to talk about headlines of our current days may be until I got asleep.

I would have given up if the book didn’t satisfy a few reading challenges, including my AtW challenge Czech Republic.

Joseph Heller said he could never have written his surreal epic without having read this WWI picaresque by Hasek. I enjoyed what I read, but never 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 sildado get around to this.

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But we know he’s already a veteran of previous war s. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite. Svejk was really dim 2. Other books in the series. Mass Market Paperbackpages. 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.

But a substantial amount of this is pretty universal, broad humor Quotes from Las aventuras del Well thank goodness that’s over!