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Penguin Island

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Penguin Island

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Author: Anatole France
Publisher: Baen, 2013
Forgotten Books, 2010
Penguin Books, 1948
Original English publication, 1926
Original French publication, 1908
Series: Ron Miller Science Fiction Classics: Book 49
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Fantasy of Manners
Comic Fantasy
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Penguin Island (1908) has been called "the best social satire ever written" (Toni Ungerer).

The story takes place in Antarctica, where a fictional penguin population mirrors the foibles of human beings. With the devil's help, a missionary arrives in Antartica and baptizes the local penguins. With God's help, he then turns them into human beings. As a result, the penguins must now try to figure out how to live together and create a civilization. They experience their own barbaric Ancient Times and Middle Ages, and in their efforts to create a modern age, they undergo social conflicts and devastating wars.

Written in the spirit of rationalism and enlightenment,Penguin Island is a wickedly funny, incisive portrait of religious fanatacism.


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