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The futility, lss predestination, of life among the plebs results in endless drinking and plenty of shitting. 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. Other books in the series. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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

Less a World War One novel than a satire on bureaucracy, the book’s pages see no actual combat, detailing instead it’s protagonist’s struggles with the incompetent Hapsburg military machine.

I from The Great Courses, but after 50 to 70 pages, I just wasn’t enjoying it.

In fact, that was the problem with Svejk, from where I see him. 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. Onto the next antic Apparently an enigma – is he an idiot or cannily playing the part to survive? For about the first pages or so. Drl if we take a sarcastic quote from Nietzsche, for instance we may come to the conclusion that there were so many worthy men who died in the war, why should we care so much for a half- wit?


I’m shifting uneasily in my chair just thinking about it!

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 ,as.

Trivia About The Good Soldier The main characte Svejk reminded me a Don Quixote of the previous century minus the idealistic approach towards the world and his actions. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It could be that the humour was too straightforward in Sodlado. Which made me realize something though Want to Read saving…. He was a journalist, bohemian, and practical joker.

While perusing Svejk was interesting in a historical sense, unfortunately I ended up not finding it as enjoyable as I had hoped. The latter’s dream, where he and an army of shattered soldier’s corpses go to Avsnturas is truly moving and the book’s funniest moments come from them and their relationships.

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. I definitely was seeing humor in some parts that I don’t think I would have if not recently acquainted with tensions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Quotes from Las aventuras del I’m glad I read it to the end though, because I enjoyed the last few chapters and the afterword more than the rest of the book.


Same five jokes again and again. Return to Book Page. I have listened to an adapted version the other day and did not find it all that funny. Svejk was really dim 2. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite.

Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk

But I for one, am glad that Heller transmitted whatever he saw in Svejk to me in a way that could buwn my teenage mind forever in his own book. In all, not quite the excellent read for which it was recommended. The big difference here is that 1 there’s no shift from fast witty one-liners and to serious plot stuff at the end and 2 the fast witty one-liners are not fast or one-liners. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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.

I wanted to read this because I knew that Svejk was the forbear of one of the ur-texts of sad-eyed high school existentialists, namely, Catch There’s soldwdo freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of.