Wednesday 11 June 2014

Book Review: The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

Title: The Good Soldier Svejk
Author: Jaroslav Hasek
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005 (1923)
Pages: 784
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift
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Good-natured and garrulous, Ċ vejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War I -- although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards and getting drunk, he uses all his cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the police, clergy, and officers who chivy him toward battle. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Good Soldier Svejk is an enjoyable satire looking at the beaurocracy of WW1. I loved the little sketches throughout the book that helped to illustrate the story and bring the characters to life. My only complaint of this book is that it is fairly long and at times feels a little repetitive as we see Svejk get into similar situations again and again. But it is still witty and clever and well worth reading.

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