A Sailor of Austria
In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire
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In this ironic, hilarious, and poignant story, Otto Prohaska is a submarine captain serving the almost-landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. He faces a host of unlikely circumstances, from petrol poisoning to exploding lavatories to trigger-happy Turks. All signs point to the total collapse of the bloated empire he serves, but Otto refuses to abandon the Habsburgs in their hour of need.
From Publishers Weekly
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Great book, but where is the editor?
This is a good book, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, however, who did the editing? The lack of proper capitalization throughout the entire book is so very bad and is so distrating that it actually takes away fron the enjoyment of reading it. It’s a great story and very well-written, but could somebody please clean up the text?
Really Good Naval Yarn
I discovered this gem via a discussion board for the online serial, The Flying Cloud, about an alternate future post WW I in which airships have ascendancy over airplanes. I’m a US Navy vet so anything naval related has my interest. In short, John Biggins writes this fully in the 1st person of Otto Prohaska as an aged and infirmed man living in a long term care facility in Wales. It’s his personal recollections of his service in the Great War taking careful note of how this particular war was the final nail into the coffins of dynastic monarchies in Europe. The perspective of 65 plus years, as the story is told, makes this filled with wearing irony—how could rational people not see what was happening around them? In the end it was the univeral brotherhood of comrades-in-arms that bound the crew through the war but then cruelly destroyed in the collapse of the Habsburg Empire leaving the 10 plus nationalities on the sub split along their respective ethnicities. There is immense attention to detail, how the author unearthed all this must’ve been monumental in itself, and a real pleasure to draw in. The people who would be interested in this are varied—history geeks, military specialists, naval historians, bubbleheads. Regardless, this is a fine piece of prose.
This is a good book but should have been 2 books.Great characters and plenty of humor. I definitely recommend it to all.