Chronicles of Jakub Wędrowycz - a review





My mom recommended the book to me. I have heard about the author, Andrzej Pilipiuk before, but so far I have not had the opportunity to read any of his books. It is, for me, a very peculiar book item on my bookshelf.

The Chronicles of Jakub Wędrowycz are a collection of stories and the first volume of the series of adventures of Mr. Wędrowycz, known to the whole village as the best exorcist in the country. Volume I contains 15 stories, the main character Jakub Wędrowycz, a drunkard, a moonshine maker, a bum, an exorcist, a hero, sometimes a businessman, living in a small village. The author mixes two worlds with each other, the reality of a poor Polish village with seemingly average villagers and a fantastic world - vampires, aliens, flying saucers, talking animals, ghosts, witches ...

In the book, the humor of Jakub Wędrowycz and his approach to the world play an extremely important role. Due to the hero's simple thinking, I'm not judging negatively here, the adventures he experiences are characterized by simple humor, jokes that each of us considers average but extremely accurate. It is the same with the main character's way of thinking. The situations in which our exorcist finds himself are often absurd, alleged aliens who chip brains, ghosts, the Ukrainian mafia, but thanks to Jakub's approach they seem like everyday life that we could also experience.

Reading the book, I had a great time with it and I would recommend it to people who appreciate a good laugh. They like a combination of fantasy and realism. Who do not mind the atmosphere of the countryside from the 60s and 70s and the image of the local simple people. However, I would like to emphasize that the simplicity that the author of the book presented in it is an element that made me love Jakub Wędrowycz and the atmosphere of the novel.

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