The War With the Newts

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The War With the Newts

Format:  Paperback,

256 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2014

ISBN-13: 9781612190235

ISBN-10: 1612190235

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Orwell meets Vonnegut in the simultaneously hilarious and chilling masterpiece from the man who invented the word "robot"
This legendary but previously hard-to-get novel is a hilarious dystopian satire about the choice between ecological catastrophe and making your quarterly financial goals. As both a commentary on capitalism and the rise of fascism, as well as an early work of science fiction, it is one of the most important books of the twentieth century.
When the curmudgeonly sailor Captain von Toch discovers a breed of large, intelligent newts in far-off Polynesia, he realizes that, with a little training, they could be used as a virtual army of complacent pearl-divers in shark-infested waters. Then von Toch's financial backers realize that the newts can be trained for all kinds of underwater civil engineering projects, or to build new islands, even to defend shorelines--wielding weapons, no less
There's only one problem: released from their previous environment, the newts replicate like, well, aqua-bunnies. And soon they aren't so complacent anymore.
Acclaimed by many as the first dystopian novel, and others as the best book of science fiction ever written, Karel Capek's masterpiece remains all that and more: smart, funny, and relevant.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2014
ISBN-13: 9781612190235
ISBN-10: 1612190235
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 2.0 x 10.0 x 8.0

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Orwell meets Vonnegut in the simultaneously hilarious and chilling masterpiece from the man who invented the word “robot”

This legendary but previously hard-to-get novel is a hilarious dystopian satire about the choice between ecological catastrophe and making your quarterly financial goals. As both a commentary on capitalism and the rise of fascism, as well as an early work of science fiction, it is one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

When the curmudgeonly sailor Captain von Toch discovers a breed of large, intelligent newts in far-off Polynesia, he realizes that, with a little training, they could be used as a virtual army of complacent pearl-divers in shark-infested waters. Then von Toch’s financial backers realize that the newts can be trained for all kinds of underwater civil engineering projects, or to build new islands, even to defend shorelines—wielding weapons, no less!

There’s only one problem: released from their previous environment, the newts replicate like, well, aqua-bunnies. And soon they aren’t so complacent anymore.

Acclaimed by many as the first dystopian novel, and others as the best book of science fiction ever written, Karel Capek’s masterpiece remains all that and more: smart, funny, and relevant.

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