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The Absolute at Large Paperback – Nov 5 2010
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Before the WWII, the author was considered for the Nobel prize ut did not get it because he spoke openly against Hitler.
I am buying it for my grandchildren.
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Science fiction is at its best when well constructed with futuristic visions based on predicted fact and a novel point of view (no pun intended). "The Absolute at Large" was first published in the 1920's (remember Czech author Karel Capek was born in 1890), but uses remarkable futuristic telling that presages atomic fusion while commenting on the ethics and spread of power and mass production that Karel Capek saw in the technological and political revolutions occurring around him. In addition, he raises theistic-antitheistic arguments that are still going on today. And, lest I forget, he also includes comments on communism, national socialism, and free market capitalism.
But the real kicker is that this book is funny. The novel is written with a tongue-in-cheek style that will often have you laughing out loud. It's only when you finish the book that you realize just how much philosophy was covered while you were having so much reading fun. Humorous science fiction wrapped in a thoughtful core - just the right thing for the thinking reader.
However, I would buy the paperback instead of this hardback edition. It has obviously been photocopied and has many defects, including almost no periods at the ends of sentences, very strange spacing and a few duplicated paragraphs. Some pages were truncated at the edges (copy machine), and there were many extraneous marks.
Note that the preview on Amazon is the paperback and does not display those defects.
That being said, it was still readable. If you can't get a better print copy, get this one. It is still readable and the content more than makes up for the defects.
This question and its answers are what Capek weaves into a very entertaining read. I highly recommend and can promise a great read.