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Old 04-13-2009, 03:55 PM
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The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek. First published in 1930. A great satire on WWI. Opening paragraph:

Schweik, the Good Soldier, Intervenes in the Great War

'So, they've killed Ferdinand,' said the charwoman to Mr Schweik who, having left the army many years before, when a military medical board had declared him to be chronically feeble-minded, earned a livelihood by the sale of dogs -repulsive mongrel monstrosities for whom he forged pedigrees. Apart from this occupation, he was afflicted with rheumatism, and was just rubbing his knees with embrocation.

Yes, I have strange reading habits. Heh.
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