Item description for From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk: A Dictionary of Czech Popular Culture by Andrew Lawrence Roberts...
From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk, this cultural dictionary is an intimate look at a people affectionately known for their storytelling humor (tlachani), suspicion of authority, and peaceful demeanor. Instead of the "greats" of Czech arts and letters that appear in standard histories or references, it describes such things as popular songs, movie stars, famous athletes, traditional dishes, and children's games that are second nature to every Czech.
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Studio: Central European University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2005
Publisher Central European University Press
ISBN 9637326278 ISBN13 9789637326271
Reviews - What do customers think about From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk: A Dictionary of Czech Popular Culture?
Shoddy scholarship Apr 14, 2008
Roberts has achieved nothing but a perfectly condescending caricature of the Czech people. It is completely incomprehensible, how he could collect so much data and not gain any understanding of the culture. Mr. Roberts sees everything as a communist propaganda, and has difficulty imagining that people could have had any joy in their life during communism. My absolute favorite: the Czech's love of smoking, according to Mr. Roberts apparently stems, "from the fact that there was so little to live for under communism." But then again how can one expect any depth or intellectual rigor from a writer who claims that his bibliography is lacking because "it would be impossible to cite all the works..." REALLY?
A Good Description of All You Wanted to Know about Czech Culture but Never Found Out Nov 13, 2007
I first ordered this book for myself, in preparation for a presentation I was giving on my experience as an American Grad Student in Prague. The book was helpful at jogging my memory about the highlights of Czech culture. It also contains excellent trivia that I would never have found out otherwise. I ended up ordering copies of the book for several of my friends who shared my experiences, and they have loved it too!
Informative and enjoyable dictionary of Czech popular culture Apr 14, 2006
Andrew Roberts has compiled a highly informative and enjoyable dictionary of Czech popular culture.
The topics covered include society, politics, history, literature, music, movies, sports and much more. Regardless of length, the entries are clear and well-written. Historical background is provided whenever needed.
The book is rounded off with a useful alphabetical and thematic index to all dictionary entries.
People interested in Czech history, culture and politics will find this work a valuable source for informative descriptions and definitions. All the more so because it is written in a lucid, wry style which is a pleasure to read.
The author has a good eye for the little oddities of everyday life and a remarkable understanding of the Czech mentality and worldview (I especially liked the way he highlights Czech quirks with respect and humor).
A big plus is the author's website / blog, where he regularly updates and extends his book.