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War with the Newts (20th Century Classics)

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Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 27th 1998 by Penguin (first published 1935)
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Faking News! Newts Trump Humans!

I'd become rather blasé when it comes to apocalyptic science fiction. I thought I knew them all, those brave new worlds that writers invent to symbolise the immediate danger of human self-destruction out of sheer stupidity?

Think again, Lisa!

The newts invited me to the ultimate, unexpected, completely logical fantasy, containing it ALL. Welcome to a roller coaster of the hilarious kind!

Does it start with the end of the world as we know it, with the destruction of E
H.M. Ada
Aug 09, 2015 H.M. Ada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A Dutch sea captain discovers intelligent, human-sized newts in a remote island bay.

So he does what anyone would do and tells somebody with money. The Newts are then put to work building harbors and extending coastlines, and hilarity ensues. Well, for the most part. There is a war at the end of this book. Racism is also a major theme, both directly and allegorically through humanity's treatment of the Newts.

The humor is sarcastic and in a few places dark. It skewers all elements of society: in
Nov 07, 2015 Lilo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who has enough working brain cells to understand satire
Recommended to Lilo by: Charley Ada

Satire is my favorite genre. And this book is a gem.

Nowhere have I ever found a better description of homo sapiens’s boundless greed, bigotry, stunning thoughtlessness, and utter stupidity.

This book leaves no parts, levels or facets of society unscathed. Karel Capek satirizes science, academia, education, business, politics, fascism, communism, militarism, law, religion, philosophy, racism, journalism, and just about every trait of human nature one can think of. Yet it isn’t all funny. It is als
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 11 فصل و 300 صفحه تشکیل شده است... این داستانِ خیالی و عجیب، به نوعی نابودی نسلِ انسانها را به دلیلِ خودخواهی و خودبرتر بینی نشان میدهد
داستان از آنجایی آغاز میشود که ناخدا <فان توخ> به جزایر اطراف سوماترا سفر میکند تا تجارتِ مروارید انجام دهد... ولی منطقه ای ممنوعه وجود دارد که مردم بومی یعنی <باتاک ها> اعتقاد دارند که در آن منطقه شیطان ها زندگی میکنند... ناخدا که اعتقادی به خرافات بومی ندارد، به حرف آنها اهمیت نمیدهد، ولی پس از سفر به آن منطقه متوجه میشو
Jul 24, 2011 Jan-Maat added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and science-fiction fans, the oppressed and downtrodden and newts everywhere
Great fun.

The story of mankind's downfall and destruction as caused by human hubris.

The tensions and ambitions of Imperialist Europe find new expression once a species of super-newt is discovered. This is expressed in Oswald Spengler style musings and a re-imaging of the super-newts as having the characteristics of the empires that employ them. To the surprise of all the newts eventually turn against the humans, but in a nice touch they hire human lawyers to represent their interests at the pea
Jan 25, 2017 Linh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Một kiệt tác của thế kỷ 20. Thật ngạc nhiên là lại quá ít người biết tới Karel Capek như vậy. Tác phẩm châm biếm gần như tất cả mọi thứ trào lưu của thế kỷ 20: chủ nghĩa tiêu thụ, chủ nghĩa phát xít, chủ nghĩa thực dân, chủ nghĩa cộng sản, bài Do Thái, các loại giả-khoa-học, chạy đua vũ trang...

Chỉ một loài lưỡng thê có tên là sa giông mà người ta có thể hình dung về tương lai (và nhớ lại về quá khứ) của loài người: Số phận của sa giông, khi thì làm người ta nhớ tới người da đen, khi thì là thân
Tyler Jones
1985 was the worst year of my life. The previous summer our family had moved from Calgary to Saskatoon and I had left behind a group of very close friends. I had just graduated high school and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I did know that I would rather go to school than get a job, so for perhaps the first time in my life I really applied myself academically in a last ditch effort to get accepted into University. I pulled off a 99% in a summer school Chemistry class, which must ...more
MJ Nicholls
Having impulsively nabbed this from the library, to return home and see Robert’s tip about reading a later translation (Penguin Classics ed. is a facsimile of the Weatherall from 1938, replete with arcane spellings), I entered the novel wearily, to be won over by the first-rate Swiftian brilliance pirouetting from each page like Darcey Bussle doing The Hustle. Making use of newspaper clippings, excerpts from academic studies, letters to the editor and so on in the second book, the novel is also ...more
A Dutch captain discovers giant talking newts on a remote island and teaches them to use tools, fight off predators, and collect pearls for him. They are eventually exploited by international corporations and the newts challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom.

Capek covers a multitude of issues and subjects in this wonderful satire -- capitalism, militarism, racism, and even Hollywood. A great read!
Mar 05, 2017 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Vaduz in the mountains of Liechtenstein where negotiations are being held to end the hostilities between humans and newts. Although the meetings are held behind closed doors, it has become known that on the 117th day an agreement has been reached concerning the temperature and the salt concentration for the water in the tubs in which the members of the newts-delegation are staying during the trials. In two or three months the agenda will presumably be decided by ...more
Quân Khuê
Jan 16, 2017 Quân Khuê rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Xuất sắc về mọi nhẽ.
One of the most enjoyable books I ever read, and definitely only one distopia I really ever liked.

Main concept of this book was repeated many many times after, for example in Starship Troopers. Goverment finds a public enemy, moves it ahead, unleashes society and mass-media on it, eventually organizes a war against it...Heroes, tragedies, war crimes.. for what? Newts!
(well we could find examples of this not only in literature, won't we).

BUT, as oppossed to We or 1984 this book is INCREDIBLY fun
Oct 14, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
A few years ago a friend of mine sent me an email containing a link to a newspaper article. This article referred to the discovery of, if I remember correctly, a previously unknown type of lobster. Underneath the article my friend had written: ‘How long before this ends up on a plate in some restaurant?’ To which I replied with something like: ‘They’ll probably dissect it or fuck it first.’ It has long been a running joke between us that with anything we – by which I mean human beings – encounte ...more
Thấy mọi người rate cao nên tôi đã kỳ vọng hơi quá.

Cuốn sách cũng thú vị đấy, nhưng chưa đủ hấp dẫn tôi tới mức đó. Tác phẩm mang tính chất châm biếm, nhưng đặc điểm của thể loại này là nó rất phụ thuộc vào khẩu vị của bạn. Hơn nữa theo tôi sự châm biếm chỉ gây hào hứng khi nó đánh vào đúng những thứ diễn ra trong thời đại tôi đang sống. Tác phẩm đã ra đời gần 1 tk trước, còn nhiều điều mà loài người chả đổi (được), nhưng cũng có lắm vấn đề mới mà tôi quan tâm hơn, đâm ra tiếng cười nó không hả
Jan 08, 2015 Krbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
humor, parodija, satira, ironija, komedija...

nema čega nema u ovom genijalnom djelu, nema ikoje nezgodne ljudske osobine koju nam Čapek nije primjereno nabio na nos.

jako ugodan čitanjac, drago mi je da sam se podsjetio i svima apsolutno preporučujem.

1936. godina, a tako svježe i primjenjivo i dan danas

više od 5
Anh Thư
Mar 12, 2017 Anh Thư rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nếu một ngày tôi không còn đọc được nữa, hãy đọc cho tôi nghe Khi loài vật lên ngôi.
Apr 09, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: done-reading
Synopsis: Kapek wrote in the post-WW1 era. In the book, a sea captain finds a bay that harbors giant newts, about the size of a ten year old human, complete with digits and all. The newts are intelligent, and he trains them to capture pearls for him. Eventually, a company forms that sends the Newts to all parts of the world for slave labor. Because of their intelligence (about equal to humans) and the training and supplies given them by man, the Newts spread all over the world (they get up to 70 ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Sokolik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Svět po první světové válce propadl iluzi, že udělal vše pro to, aby se už podobné hrůzy neopakovaly. Avšak ve třicátých letech se stále více ukazovalo, jak byly tyto představy naivní. Svět naplno prožívá hospodářskou krizi, a mnoho lidí hledá podporu v extremistickych hnutích, jak by se daly nazvat všechny ty ...ismy na vzestupu. A právě takové společnosti nastavuje ve svém románu Válka s mloky Karel Čapek zrcadlo. Nabízí světu nový způsob, jak se vymanit z krize, zlepšit blahobyt všech. Avšak ...more
Jan 03, 2017 Nguyễn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the thing about this book is how the author effortlessly brought up metaphors and stuff by just some small details, some comic conversations or by just describing things. the language is extremely visual it reminds me of my own writing lol. but this one is better admitedly. it's too comic at times but totally likable.
the way it randomly jumped from a usual narration to a kind of journal language or even a scientific paper dead plain voice is extremely fresh. i mean, i came up with this idea of a
Nguyen Huy Tu Quan
Thông qua câu chuyện về sự thay đổi của xã hội con người trong thời đại Sa giông, tác giả cố gắng đả kích rất nhiều thứ thuộc về con người, mà số ít tôi còn nhớ có thể kể ra đây như: lòng tham lam, tính vị kỉ; sự chia rẽ nhân loại thành các giai cấp, dân tộc và quốc gia; nền khoa học, tôn giáo, triết học; các thể loại tôn giáo và ý thức hệ;...

Tuy nhiên, tham vọng lớn của tác giả có vẻ không thành công lắm:
*190 trang đầu tiên hầu như không có điểm nhấn, mạch truyện chậm rãi không cần thiết.
*Rồi n
Đông Huynh
Tôi nhớ trong một tiểu luận Milan Kundera từng nói đại ý: "Một cuốn tiểu thuyết nếu không làm ta cười, thì cũng không còn mấy ý nghĩa". Nếu bạn từng đọc M.K nhiều, sẽ hiểu ông đánh giá cao tiếng cười, sự hài hước và châm biếm như thế nào. Xét trên tinh thần này, thì không có gì ngạc nhiên khi M.K dành những lời bình luận có cánh như vậy cho K.C.
Capitalists seeking downward pressure on wages create their antithesis in the form of effective slave labor force that very predictably revolts and supersedes them.

First third is episodic, almost low farce. We know the poor newts are in for it when the guy who ‘discovers’ them refers casually to “nigger superstitions” (12) and “realized that the honor of the white race was now at stake” (14). Discoverer goes to investor in order to obtain backing for his plan to exploit newt labor, which investo
Bên Phía Nhà Z
thích nhất là đoạn con sa giông trong sở thú đọc báo =)))
Bên Phía Nhà Z
“Khi loài vật lên ngôi” của Čapek được các phê bình gia cũng như các nhà nghiên cứu ca ngợi nhiệt liệt. Nhà nghiên cứu Harry Levin đã có một bài điểm sách ngay năm 1937 và đưa ra một nhận định chắc nịch: Với “Loài vật lên ngôi” mà ủy ban xét duyệt Nobel còn lờ Čapek đi nữa thì là chuyện rất khó.

Các vị giám khảo, dĩ nhiên, đã lờ tịt Čapek đi. Nhưng trước khi lờ, họ có đề nghị ông rằng, sẽ trao giải cho ông, nếu cuốn tiếp theo ông viết nhàm chán và vô hại đi một chút. Một chút ở đây là rất nhiều.
Als Klassiker angepriesen (ich kannte es vorher nicht), war es ein willkommener Quartalskauf bei der Büchergilde. Die Beschreibung im Buchkatalog klang dermaßen interessant, dass ich mir dachte: das muss ich mir jetzt echt mal geben!

Und es hat sich wirklich gelohnt!
Eine Perle im Literaturmeer (um beim Thema zu bleiben), die nicht nur für reine Lesefans etwas zu bieten hat, sondern auch noch für den Grafikliebhaber und dem Kenner von besonders gelungenem Layout. Sogar die Schriftart orientiert s
Mar 25, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book. This book is one of the high peaks between Swift and Twain and later broad scale social critics in fiction such as Kurt Vonnegut. Published in 1936 it takes it chops up a broad sample of contemporary politics, culture and values. Most of what it has to say about mankind and its collective arrogance holds up today with astounding clarity. This book has not dated at all in any significant way.

The book is about the discovery of an intelligent species of water dwelling beings appa
Tao Đàn
Jan 03, 2017 Tao Đàn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
không gì thuộc về con người mà xa lạ với Karel Čapek!
Lorenzo Berardi

It may not be a conventional Czech or Slovakian speciality, but a válka s mloky is an excellent and tasty alternative to the unbearable lightness of being when a metamorphosis into an engineer of the human souls is too loud a solitude.

Preparation time: 1936-1937
Cooking time: approximately 3 days

You will need:
- An aquarium
- An atlas reporting the pre World War II borders
- Around 100 newts of both genders
- Sea salt
- Lemon
- Mayonnaise
- Biscuits in crumbs
- Granny Smith apples
Tieu uyen
Jan 26, 2017 Tieu uyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cái luôn làm cho một nhà nước biến thành địa ngục trần gian chính là bởi con người đã cố biến nó thành thiên đường của mình.
Feb 21, 2017 Nguyễn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, favorite
Quả thực là một kiệt tác. Tôi chỉ còn băn khoăn một điều, khi nào thì AI lên ngôi.
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Karel Čapek is one of the the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century. He wrote with intelligence and humour on a wide variety of subjects. His works are known for their interesting and precise descriptions of reality, and Čapek is renowned for his excellent work with the Czech language. His play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) first popularized the word "robot".
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