The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek


The Good Soldier Švejk
Jaroslav Hašek

Reviewer: Kevin
Recommendation: 4.5/5


From Goodreads
In The Good Soldier Švejk, celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hašek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

Good-natured and garrulous, Švejk 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.

Cecil Parrott’s vibrant translation conveys the brilliant irreverence of this classic about a hapless Everyman caught in a vast bureaucratic machine


My thoughts
The most hilarious novel ever read!

Each page of this book will make you erupt into laughter. Believe, war time jokes can’t be nicer than this. You’ll never forget these sentences:

-“Humbly report sir, I’m officially declared idiot”

-“You don’t know me yet; but when you get to know me you’ll be finished!”

Enjoy reading.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s