- By John Biggins

Tomorrow the World

  • Title: Tomorrow the World
  • Author: John Biggins
  • ISBN: 9781590131107
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tomorrow the World Laced with smart humor this naval tale follows the early career of Lieutenant Otto Prohaska a cadet in the Austro Hungarian Navy at the turn of the century Bad luck continues to shadow Otto and whe

    Laced with smart humor, this naval tale follows the early career of Lieutenant Otto Prohaska, a cadet in the Austro Hungarian Navy at the turn of the century Bad luck continues to shadow Otto, and when a fellow cadet breaks his leg, Otto must take his place on a scientific expedition bound for disaster But even sinister quack scientists, a misguided attempt to establishLaced with smart humor, this naval tale follows the early career of Lieutenant Otto Prohaska, a cadet in the Austro Hungarian Navy at the turn of the century Bad luck continues to shadow Otto, and when a fellow cadet breaks his leg, Otto must take his place on a scientific expedition bound for disaster But even sinister quack scientists, a misguided attempt to establish a colony in Africa, and angry South Sea cannibals bent on destruction cannot keep Otto from fulfilling his patriotic duty.

    1 thought on “Tomorrow the World

    1. Life is hard for an Austro-Hungarian naval cadet. One day you're eating aged salt pork on an even more aged sailing ship, and the next day you find a cross-dressing superior officer in a South American bordello. What to do, what to do

    2. I really hope Biggins writes more of these. I want to read more about Prohaska in charge of a Paraguay's navy in the 20s and his struggle against the Nazis in the 30s and 40s. Heck, even more about his life in the nursing home I'd greedily devour. The last book of the series though takes place when he was just a young cadet. Age 15 and gets "lucky" enough to go on an around the world colonial and scientific expedition, which of course goes awry almost at once. I had to look up later if Professor [...]

    3. A thoroughly enjoyable read. It reminds me of Donald Jack's "Bandy Papers", which I read back in high school so many years ago. Otto Prohaska is a centenarian reflecting on his life as a young cadet in the Austro-Hungarian Navy at the turn of the 20th century. The history is dead on. Poignant at times, hilarious at others, but always entertaining. I definitely am going to seek out the rest of the books in the series - especially considering that this is the final book in the series (a prequel).

    4. Great beginning to a great series.I am reading the series of four books for the third time. In my opinion, the best sea faring books ever written. Recommend this book and the ensuing three books most strongly.

    5. I'd heard raves about John Biggin's novels set in the last fifty years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Now I understand why. If you enjoy an author who writes with authority, (like Michael Pearce, and with the same depth of knowledge and dry wit,) who has the outsider's eye for noticing and observing, then Biggins is for you. Start with this novel and read the whole series. It’s brilliant. 'Tomorrow the World' shows young Otto Prohaska becoming Cadet Prohaska, in what is left of the Hapsburg E [...]

    6. If there was a way of rating this as a 4.75 stars out of 5, I would. There really was nothing wrong at all with this book, it is a great one and highly recommended. My only complaint, if you can actually call it that, would be that in Historical Fiction I prefer my protagonist to be unreliable and self-serving. Otto Prohaska is a good person, and morally sound which takes a bit of the edge off of the story arch for me personally. However there are plenty of other characters with abusive and almo [...]

    7. I found this fourth book in the Otto Prohaska series to be Biggins' best. I really enjoyed the story which was interesting and exciting, and peppered with just enough observations on life and people to keep me laughing throughout the book. Highly recommended.

    8. Great stuff. A nice little trip around the horn, a caper among the cannibals and missionaries (the latter being worse than the former), and racial-theorizing-Social Darwinists to boot. Great stuff. I wish there were more in this series.

    9. Doesn't reach the level of previous stories of Otto Prohaska. Too bad as I was looking for more entertainment. Good way to learn what it must have been like aboard one of the last sailing warships at the turn of the 20th Century.

    10. A very interesting story about a very interesting person in a very interesting time. And a bonus: I discovered this years after I read the first three and thought that was all there was!

    11. Not quite as good as first three. Disappointed that nothing was written about Prohaska after WW1, though.

    12. WW1 from the Austro-Hungarian point of view. Sadly unique because no one has before or since tackled the subject. Pity he only wrote 4 books.

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