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The Good Soldier Svejk


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Joseph Heller said that if it weren’t for his having read The Good Soldier Švejk  he would never had written his famous  novel Catch-22.

New edition 5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest and the Wittiest Book I've Ever Read!, March 7, 2010 
By  Elena Fomina  - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

I haven't yet read this edition of the book, but I absolutely loved the Russian edition, which I have read and re-read countless times - the first time when I was maybe thirteen. I remember laughing at every other paragraph of the book, until my stomach hurt. Unbelievably, absurdly funny, but doesn't get tiring; the humor is never induced, trite, or repetitive.

The funniest book ever, although this humor is a kind of humor that makes you laugh where you could also cry and yell on top of your lungs at all the injustice of the world. Hasek had a choice to either write a very tragic work about all the horrible things the World War One had brought into the lives of millions of people or to look at it with humor and make light of it. Yet, it never feels like the writer is mocking the reality; it's one of those rare instances when you have a very tragic subject (I can hardly think of anything more tragic than the two world wars), but making light of it really works and makes you feel more optimistic about life and world.


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