Posted by James G. Milles
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Posted on December 13, 2006, in Prague, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
The Good Soldier Svejk!
I read this many years ago and thought it one of the funniest books … and then again some years later and thought it tragic and depressing. Whatever that says about my mental state, I still love the book and the character. And Prague! Thank you for the vicarious taste of this incredible city.
I’m still only about a third of the way through Svejk, but I’ve fallen in love with both the book and the character. One of the games I play with books I really love is to try to cast the movie if it were made into a film today (although I know The Good Soldier Svejk has been filmed several times). I’m thinking of John C. Reilly, but he’s too tall. Jack Black? Maybe he could pull it off.
John C. Reilly would have been perfect, except for the height, as you say. I’ve only seen one film w/ JB, and it wasn’t enough to judge. Maybe Anthony Hopkins — he could do the crafty side of Svejk, but I don’t know about the almost slapstick aspects. Hmmm, how about Ben Kingsley? (Thinking of Pascali’s Island, for one) Great game!
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