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R.U.R. & War with the Newts by Karel Čapek
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Mar 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 17 to April 01, 2012 — I own a copy

The title story/play RUR or Rossum's Universal Robots has few surprises in it but as it is the ur –robot tale one should probably expect that. Everything else from “I Robot” to “Battlestar Galactica” has its origin in this tale and it was surely a much more startling tale when it was first published.

However its sister story “War With The Newts” also by Karel Čapek holds all its original power, poignancy and humour. Somehow it manages, in a relatively compact space, to tell a five star page turner of a story with (unusually for science fiction) at least a couple of rounded interesting characters. It also packs in a great deal of political and societal allegory, and a fair degree of humour – all of which holds up extremely well after almost 75 years.

This particular edition does suffer from poor paper quality (very thin and already smelling a little musty despite being a new book), but the entertaining romp that is “War With The Newts” even makes up for that.

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