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The Good Soldier Schweik
Jun 26th, 2017 at 1:16pm
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I just ran up on an English translation of this book.  Not through with it yet, but it's very entertaining, particularly to people with  direct experience with military absurdities.  To add to its reputation, it was one of the books targeted for burning by the Nazis.  (It was written in 1921.)
  

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Re: The Good Soldier Schweik
Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 6:46pm
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Absolutely a favourite of mine, red it several times.


Clearly a. Huge influence on Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut (especially Heller).

Also there wouldn't be M*A*S*H without it, that's pretty plain. Although I suppose every generation is capable of noticing the tragicomic insanity of war and the preparation for it.


I am just finishing (for the severalth  time) Churchill on WW1 & in parallel (for the first time) "the guns of August" a Pulitzer winner from the 60s on the prelude to 1914 and the cataclysmic disaster of August that year.


It's a book of historical journalism but the same cold loathing as lurks beneath the smiles in Scweik, Catch22 & Slaughterhouse 5 is there.


Good read.
  

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