A darkly humorous Czech satire: a new super-breed tries to conquer the world War with the Newts () is Karel Capek’s darkly humorous. Title: The War with the Newts Author: Karel Capek * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: Edition: 1 Language: English Character. The War with the Newts. Karel Čapek. Translated into English by David Wyllie. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday.

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Now were both old men and both captains. Picking up the book, Caapek was surprised to see a blurb from my favourite author, Kurt Vonnegut, on the back. And this book is a gem.

The War with the Newts

The half-cast finally turned to the captain. Now, Mister Bondy, I wasn’t going to tell these lizards how it was wonderful, marvellous, astonishing to see what an animal like that could do, but now I can tell you that I was These may have provided the impetus for War with the Newtswhich was written over four months in the summer of I’ll be surprised if old Jesse doesn’t make a great film out of it.

And their front paws, they’re like the hands on a child, but they’ve only got four fingers. But isn’t Judy great? The old mans sold his soul, man. The half cast avoided saying anything, and merely poured the drinks. And as the train drew out of the station Captain van Toch waved to them slowly and triumphantly with his enormous blue handkerchief. Capek covers a multitude of issues and subjects in this wonderful satire — capitalism, militarism, racism, and even Hollywood. May 20, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Now you tell me, Jensen, what is it he goes down there for?

Although the parallel between the European competition for colonies in nineteenth century that was followed by the world wars in the twentieth century is unmistakeable, the War of the Newts has a message that stands apart from the specific historical context that inspired it. Gloria Pickford lay out there on the pearly waters and next to him, in the warm sand, lay his sweetheart, Li. All over the upper deck and the lower deck, nothing but people, full of women and all that sort of thing, dancing and playing cards.


And now that I have read the book, now that I have had this experience, I can say that, in the event of war, I am firmly with the newts, man. God forgive me, but I tink there’s sometin funny going on there.

Then he wandered around Padang until he found the man he was looking for. Landlord, bring them each a beer. It’s all to do with the tonnage, you see. Kafel some pagan Batak or Sinhalese can do it then why shouldn’t a tapa-boy do it too, eh?

The War with the Newts, by Karel Čapek

Meanwhile Captain van Toch was waving his enormous hands in the air to outline ships with awning decks or quarter decks, fantastic ships, lad You see, in Ireland they’ve got these priests that really can work magic.

Very good honest business, Mister Bondy. La guerra de las salamandras.

And now its Captain G. View all 18 comments. Mewts father was a great guy. And they haven’t got any scales. And all this time I was making my own observations and experiments with these lizards– just a minute, I’ve got a ships logbook here where I noted everything down every day.

At six o clock he had himself rowed back to the village and went straight to the half cast of Cubanese and Portuguese. There followed about fifteen minutes of animated discussion with the whole village taking part, especially the old women. Views Read Edit View history.

People are enormous thieves, Mister Bondy, you have to be careful what you say. And in his front paw he had an oyster.

That’s why they weren’t really scared of me and came closer, so that I would open the oysters for them. Yes, he was terribly in love with her. Does he have some business on Bond Street, this Mister Bondy? The last chapter, entitled “The Author Talks to Himself”, takes a metafictional turn. He didn’t give a damn about the job.

The War with the Newts, by Karel Čapek : contents

Bondy’s heart and chimed with his love of fantasy. Judy began to shiver and held tightly onto Fred. It is about the human instinct to do capekk that is profitable e. They had already got past the semi-circle of animals, and Abe felt he could run no further through the damp sand.


We;re going to have to think up some simpler title, something that anyone can say. And I’m terribly in love with her. And right there capke front of Fred! Even when it’s involved demons and the like.

Wlth know, just like it really happened. They’re a Threat to the World”. And then, you might cautiously ask him why it is that he’s just dropped his damned anchor as if he wanted to spend three damned days here; at which he would snort in irritation and grumble something about not being so damned stupid as to sail all the way to Kandon Bandoeng just to get this damned copra or palm oil, and there’s nothing else here, but I’ve got my damned orders, and you will please be so kind as to mind your own damned nwts.

As far as the newspapers were concerned, it was the sort of hot tje when nothing, absolutely nothing, happens, when no politics is done and there aren’t even any tensions in Europe; but it is just on days like this that newspaper readers, lying in an agony of boredom on the beaches or in the sparse shade of fhe, demoralised by the heat, the view, the quiet of the countryside and all that makes up their healthy and simple life hewts holiday, hope in vain to find to find something in the newspapers, something that will be new and refreshing, some murder, some war or some earthquake, in short, anything; and when they are disappointed they throw the paper down and declare in irritation that there is nothing there, nothing whatsoever, that it is not worth reading and they will stop buying a newspaper in future.