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 Chronicles the experiences of Ditie, who rises from busboy to hotel owner in World War II Prague, and whose life is shaped by the fate of his country before, during, and after the conflict.
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Books, World War Ii, Czech Republic, Nazis, Eastern European Fiction, History Of Central Europe, Communists, Social Satire

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ISBN-10:  081121687X (pbk.)
ISBN-13:  9780811216876 (pbk.)
Author:  Bohumil Hrabal
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  New Directions
Date Published:  May 31, 2007
Format:  Original title: Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále. Translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson
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review by . December 24, 2009
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On a recent vacation to Prague, I asked the proprietor of a local English language bookstore to recommend a novel that would be a good souvenir of my visit to Prague. She enthusiastically recommended "I Served the King of England" which she characterized as a comedic satire and added the guarantee that I would be sure to love it ... wrong!       The story takes place in Czechoslovakia from 1935 to 1950 during the final days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when Czechoslovakia …
review by . June 23, 2009
Some people think this is a comedy. We could laugh ourselves to death. What this is: a frog perspective tale of history in a servant country. Its sense of humor is exuberant, eccentric, depressing and altogether unfunny. The writer has been called a mixture of Hasek, Kundera, Murakami. I might add Grass: our narrator, the diminutive waiter, is a distant cousin of the tin drummer. But Oskar Matzerath is also quite different, you can take him at face value, he tells you the ‘truth'. Not so the man …
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