December 8, 2017

Czech Book Club

If matriky are the bare bones structure of the lives of your ancestors (information about birth, marriage, and death), and other records (like land records) are like the flesh and muscles, then literature would be the spirit breathing life into the person of the past. Very few of us have the luxury of having ancestors who were authors, let alone protagonists in a novel, but yet, literature allows us to view the world of the past from a more human perspective.

I spent all of 2017 studying Czech intensively partially so I could be able to read Czech literature in its original form.

The Czech Book Club on Facebook is to help give me some positive peer pressure and motivate me to read. It is a low pressure environment and we will not be meeting in real time this year, however if you would like to participate, please read the book and join the discussion! The questions will be in both Czech and English and will be posted together in a *document* to the group on the first of the month. The same day, I will start the discussion by picking my favorite question and posting it as a new thread. We will continue the discussion by posting questions as new threads throughout the month. You may use my questions or come up with your own!

If I feel like it, I will use my discussion questions as fodder for my blog.

This year, 2017-2018, we will be reading the following books. If you follow the link it should take you to couple places where you can purchase or listen to these books online.




My Progress


Bylo nás pět/We Were A Handful by Karel Poláček

 English: 95%

Czech audio: 100%

Czech text: 75%

Serial: 100%


Book: 9/10

Serial: 10/10

January Dobrý voják Švejk/The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

By the way, this year we are only reading the first book. There are like 3 or 4 books together that make up Švejk, and I only want to read the first one for now.

English: 100%

Czech audio: 60%

Czech: 0%


February Dětem by Josef Lada, František Hrubín, and Jaroslav Seifert  Czech: 75%
March Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka
April Babička by Božena Němcová  English: 40%
May  Žert/The Joke by Milan Kundera
June Zbabělci/The Cowards by Josef Škvorecký
July The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History by Derek Sayer  English: 30%
August Kosmonaut z Čech/Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař
September Pohádky by Erben and Němcová  English: 20%

Czech: 10%

October Besedy na staré valše
November TBA: a Jára Cimrman play

I hope you join in the  fun!