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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provking read, 7 July 2010
This review is from: War with the Newts (Paperback)
This is one of the most entertaining and thought provoking books I have read in very long time. What is so remarkable about it is that despite the fact it was written between the two wars, the concepts and terminology used by Capek could be straight out of the 21st century. It can be read on any number of levels from which various significant events or periods in world history easily spring to mind. These could include the slave trade of 18th and 19th centuries,the Nazi suppression of the Jews, the US civil rights movement, and the the runaway technological advances of the 20th and 21st centuries to name but some. Parallels to all of these can be found in the book, though at the time Capek wrote his novel some of them wouldn't even have happened. This is a satire at its very best in which colonies of giant Newts develop an intelligence to rival and even exceed that of mankind, who then attempts to exploit this for his own ends. Eventually it all unravels through man's own inability to realise what he is doing and as a result becomes truly unstuck. Capek has a go at capitalism, science, religion and attempts at social engineering among other things. Above all, he starkly depicts the futility of striving for the creation of a utopian society and demonstrates that even though nations may like to think they have the best and most altruistic intentions, in the end self interest and greed will always prevail. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes something a bit different.
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