- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan; Auflage: Reprint (Mai 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312105347
- ISBN-13: 978-0312105341
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.174.494 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Sailor of Austria: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Mai 1994
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"Stark realism and finely crafted humor... use of narration, his thorough knowledge, and good technical details make this novel compelling reading." Library Journal"
"Biggins writes with a fine sense of the sea and a truly marvelous wit." Booklist" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
A centenarian Czech resident of a Welsh nursing home relates his fantastic World War I exploits in the Austro-Hungarian navy. In command of a leaky U-boat and a multinational crew, he struggles with petrol sickness, an exploding lavatory and the transport of a racing camel, as well as enemy action. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
I was very impressed by the background like the description of the old monarchy or the ways the kuk-Navy worked. The author really did his homework. The story tells not only about the main characters. It tells about the life in that time and on board of a submarine and this very accurately. I did not find a single mistake and one has to know the area and time very well to realize how fragile and primitive these first submarines really were.
The style of the book is intersting and amusing. The main character is a little like Indiana Jones on a submarine:-) There are a few spelling mistakes since some german words are used like Marinegefangen(en)haus (navyprison) and the german alphabet has 3 letters more but thats only relevant to a native speaker and even then only minor.
Everybody who likes to read historical or military literature will enjoy this novel!
There is however one reason for only 4 stars. The book is somehow racist. I understand that the author tried to describe the situation and the people of the pre WW1 age but still he overdid it. It was sure an area of nationalism and especially in the war a lot of rivalries were quelling up but the author wrote very condescending about Poles and Croats and he insulted Hungarians multiple times. I admit Hungary was the agricultural part of the monarchy and Transylvania is even today very underdeveloped but there are lines for mothern authors to respect.
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Today I find history an interesting topic and must admit to being ALMOST an addict, certainly a "buff".
I rank this well told story second only to the presentation that opened my eyes those years ago and LOUDLY proclaim it to be a MUST READ to history buffs AND to those who have not yet discovered history to be something more than merely a class.
Thank you for a most enjoyable trip through a period of history with a well told story and a view of its impact on the lives of those who experienced it.