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He could have never foreseen how his discovery would influence the direction of human history. War with the Newts is among my favorite books, but it is not always easy reading. Not for lack of good writing, certainly! The author's voice is entertaining, witty, and sharply ironic.
This is my second time reading War with the Newts, and I found myself amazed all over again by how far ahead of his time the author was.
The book is one enormous critique of all the social forces of the day, many of which War with the newts critique still important "—isms" in our current society: Admirably, the book does not feel preachy, but merely shines a light on all the ways in which humans make fools of themselves in the name of higher causes.
The political milieu of Europe in must have been an important influence, as this book was written three years before the beginning of World War II. It is a bit eerie reading some passages which so closely echo actual historical events. I remembered War with the Newts for its treatment of the relationship between animals and humans, and that element all by itself is enough to make this a powerful story.
The author does not shy away from humanity's tendency to hold contradictory and sometimes downright horrible attitudes toward all its fellow creatures, even those of roughly equal intelligence. And the newts are intelligent in the human sense—frighteningly intelligent, as they pick up language and the use of tools and weapons within a very short period of time.
For much of the period during which the Newts were exponentially increasing in numbers and skill, the scientific community had no interest in their intelligence but rather in where they came from and what their official classification and name should be, while the rest of the world was busy putting them to work and figuring out in what ways they could be of use to humans.
As the book goes on it becomes more and more obvious to the reader how ridiculously difficult it can be to draw a clear line between what is "just an animal" and what is a person, and I enjoyed that aspect quite a bit.
Of course, besides its literal meaning, the story of the Newts can also be taken as an allegory for the experiences of many oppressed peoples and victims of colonialism, complete with lynchings, poorly-conceived but well-intentioned attempts at educating Newts to be "civilized" members of white European society, appropriation of cultural ceremonies, and of course slavery.
As stories of the exotic sea-dwelling creatures fill the newspapers, the effects of this sensationalism are thoroughly explored with all the matter-of-fact dark humor the author can muster on a huge range of topics.
Can Newts be baptized?
Should a human professor be ashamed to quote a Newt mathematician in a scholarly article? Shouldn't some Newts be taught to speak Czech, even though the country has no coastline? How did the discovery of Newts influence popular clothing fashions, media, and recreational activities?
There is no "main character" throughout; instead the tale is presented as one long history lesson—an entertaining one, thankfully. The narrator quotes from scholarly articles, interviews, and newspaper clippings collected by one Mr.
Povondra, who was the doorman for G. Bondy, the man Captain van Toch approached with his discovery of the Newts. Bondy financed van Toch's pearl-fishing expeditions and helped him to propagate the Newts beyond their tiny origin-place of Devil Bay, before becoming the primary force behind expansion of the S-Trade S being short for salamander or slave, whichever you like.War With the Newts — Karel Capek Posted on September 14, September 13, by noquar Even though the plot of War with the Newts may not shock audiences accustomed to its “human-invention-intended-for- good-becomes-in-the-end-not-so-good” story, readers shouldn’t neglect this often-overlooked science-fiction classic from .
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/5(68).
War with the Newts critique BY idnoo War with the Newts is a satire piece of science fiction in which the author ridicules the world of his time. During different parts of his story, Capek utilizes everyday items familiar to the readers, such as newspaper bits and pieces, common people testimonials, questionnaires answers presented in [ ].
This is my second time reading War with the Newts, and I found myself amazed all over again by how far ahead of his time the author was. The book is one enormous critique of all the social forces of the day, many of which are still important "–isms" in our current society: racism, sexism, capitalism, nationalism, colonialism, speciesism, and.
War With The Newts skilfully blends together engaging elements in the service of its wide-ranging critique of modern capitalism.
At different times, this piece is amusing, intense and unsettling. War with the Newts critique BY idnoo War with the Newts is a satire piece of science fiction in which the author ridicules the world of his time.