"The Good Soldier Schweik" is a humorous novel. It can give you happiness in literature appreciation, and help you to grow historical knowledge. It was declared by army as "idiots" and the retired Shuaike to stall the dog for a living. One day, Shuike who loved discussing talked about the put-out incident of Crown Prince Ferdinand and was arrested as "treason" charges by secret policeman. Shuaike experienced many terrible and ridiculous encounters and was back home eventually, however the war has broke out. He was recruited into the army. Shuaike was attacking by rheumatism lying in bed unable to move when notified. But he sat in wheelchair with glorious flowers and a new cap he bought himself, pushed by his old maid Mrs. Miller, shouted patriotic slogans all the way to join the army. Newspapers trumpeted his loyalty patriotic action, for the same purpose, the conscription committee regarded him as "malingering soldiers" to get him into the so-called "wards" and tortured him heavily, and then put him together with the real malingering and sick dying soldiers, who were sent to serve as a cannon fodder. Then Shuaike began his war experiences that full with thrilling twists and ridiculous.
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Anyways - it is often said that this novel was an inspiration for Catch-22. Like Catch-22, it is hilarious. Unfortunately, it tends to go on for a little too long, also like Catch-22.
The moralizing in the end does tend to break up the monotony. The book ends abruptly, but this is due to the author's unfortunate death. This also explains some 'unpolished' sections of the book.
Despite these flaws, it is still hilarious and very much worth your time if you want a good rollicking anti-war novel.more