Lit and Film






title and author
writing
story
setting
translation
likable protagonist
how much did I laugh
how much did I cry
notes

8
9
10
10
6, unless the protagonist is Joza, and then it is a 10
2
5
Pretty graphic. But it is based on a true story, which is very interesting.
10
7
1
10
hahaha
8
-

The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hašek



9-10
10…?
10
-
He is a Czech hybrid of Candide and Mr. Magoo
9
10
10
6
10
7
3
Genealogy mystery novel dealing with themes of revenge, forgiveness, and truth.
Babička by Božena Němcová



9
8
1


9
7
10
-
3
0.5
9
A weak protagonist. Themes of loneliness, depression, class differences,  rural hardships of Czech immigrants, suicide, *maybe* homosexuality if you read it that way
10
5
10
9
1 at the beginning

2 at the end
9
2
Despite the really unlikeable perverted protagonist (who gradually becomes more likable), I loved this book. It’s very melancholy, but somehow also hilarious. The author did a really good job of showing instead of telling. I cared about the characters.
Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley
1
2
5
-
3
0
0
I read this in 2013. Some really interesting references to fairy tales.

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