Yet even without the very astute prescient political subtext war with the newts is a very entertaining sci fi tale of a war between man and a seemingly innocuous but quickly discovered deadly foe the quickly reproducing masses of newts allows them to wreak ecological havoc floods earthquakes etc on human society. War with the newts is the second dystopian story on offer here much longer and not written as a play it does still retain some of the same feeling and satirical outlook along with the incredible quality of the prose and clever use of satirical elements. The context of war with the newts 1936 was the rise of national socialism in germany and the political insecurity of the inter war years in europe and throughout the world in general the newts are a newly discovered race of amphibious creatures which is taught to work for humans and exploited in order to exploit the resources of the sea. Both rur and war with the newts deal with humanitys ability to create problems for themselves through greed and lack of forethought i did struggle a bit with war with newts being over long and very discursive dont come to it expecting much actual war or drama. Karel capek rur and war with the newts this book was on course for a 5 5 but then about a third of the way through it did the same thing that george orwell did in 1984 where the action suddenly cuts out so there can be pages and pages of background information
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