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Description

Jaroslav Hasek's world-famous satirical farce The Good Soldier Svejk has been translated into over 60 languages, and is one of the best-known Czech works ever published.

A soldier in the First World War who never actually sees any combat, Josef Å vejk is the awkward protagonist - and none of the other characters can quite decide whether his bumbling efforts to get to the front are genuine or not. Often portrayed as one of the first anti-war novels, Hasek's classic satire is a tour-de-force of modernist writing, influencing later writers such as Hemingway, Faulkner and Joseph Heller.

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Lost in Translation?

Nothing is sadder that humour that is not amusing.

Perhaps due to loss in translation, this applies to this rather pathetic work.

Here, characters are shallow and predictable and the plot is just non-existent, short vignettes following each other aimlessly, presumably in order to provide comic effect.

This is not in any way successful but proves rather irritating.

Although some may see the whole work as an apt analogy to the absurdity of warfare, it is difficult to recommend to anyone to invest time and energy with it.


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excellente performance

le talent du narrateur donne vie à ce roman drôle et truculent. Une critique sans concession de la guerre et de l empire austro hongrois.

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  • David
  • 05/07/2012

If you need a good laugh

What did you love best about The Good Soldier Svejk?

Svejk is the embodiment of Czech passive resistance to foreign domination, in this case Austro-Hungarian, and later, Russian Bolsheviks. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether he's really a "patent idiot" as he proudly proclaims, or a conniving saboteur who can wreck the simplest orders with creative application of cheerful obedience coupled with elastic morality.

But Svejk the idiot seems positively sensible when confronted with the Imperial war machine, which even without Svejk's help manages to sabotage its own greatness through equally imbecilic acts of obedience.

If you're feeling a bit oppressed by some misbegotten authority or asinine bureacracy, this book is for you. The Czechs have mastered the art of patient suffering, so the book is surprisingly lighthearted given the weight of its content. You'll feel a lot better afterwards.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Soldier Svejk?

Svejk helpfully offers to haul a load of books from brigade office and deliver them to the staff. When the train is called to leave midway through the task, Svejk commits a blunder so serious that even he is not authorized to know what he has done.

Who was the most memorable character of The Good Soldier Svejk and why?

Svejk of course is the centerpiece of the novel. Second after that is probably poor Lieutenant Lukaš, a career officer and lothario who fails on numerous occasions to rid himself of Svejk.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is "abridged" from the original without serious loss. There is a certain amount of ribald activity and some really eloquent cursing (how many ways are there to call a soldier a "bastard"?), delivered in a British comedic style that would be at home in a Monty Python.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • igoriokas
  • 25/07/2010

Too abridged

Brilliant narration.
Good book.
Would like it better in unabridged version.

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  • Justin R.
  • 21/06/2017

Beg to report sir!

Can't give story 5 stars because this is abridged which means you can't read along while listening because some parts are snipped. Otherwise this was great listenin.

Svejk would be an awesome person to meet in real life. I actually laughed out loud at least once hearing about one of his mishaps. The performance is brilliant and the characters felt animated.

This was recommended during a lecture in TGC: World War I: The Great War.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Prabudh
  • 14/12/2015

excellent narratiion of a brilliant book,

if you have a knack for satire, well this is one of the best pieces you will ever Come across. The narration is extraordinary.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh
  • 11/02/2015

Great WWI Farce; Great reading

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The reader is terrific! I will look for his other work. Jaroslav Hasek's comic masterpiece, despite (unwelcome) abridgment, and the fact that the original novel was unfinished, is still an absolute delight from the very first paragraph.

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 21/10/2013

Satirical and Amusing

This is a social commentary and uses humour and satire to make political points. It is well narrated and the story is entertaining. Not my favourite book but interesting.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • marek
  • 13/07/2009

comedy clasics

It is one of the best comedy books ever written.

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  • kathleen
  • 16/04/2018

Pre-World War 1

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If my friend was interested in Eastern European history and the era of WW1, I think this book is a rather good way of getting a human angle on the Austrian Empire.
Also, anyone familiar with the military in general should like Svejk.

What did you like best about this story?

It was humorous.