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Die Insel der Pinguine (1908)

von Anatole France

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When a bumbling holy man mistakenly baptizes a colony of penguins, God endows the animals with souls and their formerly peaceful community declines into a maelstrom of violence and sin. This witty allegory lampoons French history from ancient to modern times, taking satirical swipes at socialists, royalists, industrialists, militarists, and even the Dreyfus affair, and concluding with a remarkably prescient view of the future. Indeed, more than a hundred years after its initial publication, the story's insights into politics and society remain enduringly relevant. Poet, novelist, and journalist Anatole France (1844-1924) received the Nobel Prize in 1921 in recognition of his literary achievements. His writings reflect an ironic and skeptical point of view, and many of his works were placed on the Roman Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books. This edition of Penguin Island is enhanced with the original black-and-white images by noted illustrator Frank C. Papé.… (mehr)
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A history book about a fictional place. The country in question has a really funny origin and sarcasm and social commentary are what this book is all about.
It starts off in an almost biblical kind of style and progresses quickly through the ages. The later times are longer and more detailed, clearly being a satirical version of real events. Not being a big history fan i know i missed a lot of the jokes but it doesn't matter much.
Even someone like me can still enjoy it from its comedic and social satire angle regardless of my ignorance of french history.
This is just a really good book with a lot of separate little stories in it. I prefer the early parts a bit more than the modern times but it improves again towards the end and is quite good overall. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
A strange book, to be sure, and not always interesting to read, but taken as a whole it is a good book. It is essentially an allegory of the cyclical rise and fall of civilization. He shows himself to be a keen observer of human nature and of political systems. ( )
  bness2 | Aug 20, 2021 |
A surprisingly lackluster fantastical satire from Anatole France, the Nobel winner who brought us dozens of French classics. Of the books of his which I've read, this might be the weakest in my opinion. Whereas Thais's prose sparkled like Flaubert's, the writing here is safer. There are moments of great philosophical insight, but it is difficult to take the subject matter seriously. France does not commit fully to fantasy or to Realism and straddles the two awkwardly. He is not really talking about penguins, just humans. They don't act or look like penguins, he is just calling them penguins.

In the small realm of anthropomorphic literature this still serves a purpose, I suppose. It illustrates many of humanity's flaws, but even France has done better elsewhere in his oeuvre. You might look at the discussion between saints on the question of the baptism of inanimate objects and the consecration of animals - the old question of 'will my dog go to heaven?' - as the main thrust of the action in the book, but the developments of the penguinian society requires so much suspension of disbelief that I found myself more annoyed than invested. Dragons? Penguin philosophers, the descent into hell of mythic heroes? Either the author could not decide where he wanted to take his story or he was okay with wandering through every disparate topic that interested him at the time.

Of course, every sentence Anatole ever wrote was well-crafted and intelligent. He's still a great author, but Thais, The Gods Are Athirst, Honey Bee, and any other one of his novels will offer a more interesting display of his storytelling abilities in my opinion. ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
Alku oli nautinnollinen ja mukaansa tempaava. Suomentaja oli tehnyt hienoa työtä vanhan tunnelman luomisessa. Puolivälin jälkeen vitsi alkoi vanheta, ja loppuosa olikin puuduttavaa pakkolukemista. Sama vika tuntuu olevan aika monessa humoristisessa romaanissa, ei osata lopettaa ajoissa. Kirjassa oli kuitenkin paljon hyvää, France on ymmärtänyt paljon ihmisestä ja ihmismielestä, sekä yhteiskunnan toiminnasta. ( )
  KirjaJussi | Aug 24, 2014 |
I was very disappointed in this satire. The reviews I read made it sound hilarious. It wasn't. It was very dry and hard to get into. The Pyrot Affair was the best part as a condemnation of the justice system and a look at the mob mentality. I'm not sorry I read it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to read it again, or read anything else by France. I would give it 2-1/2 stars given the option. ( )
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France, AnatoleAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Cameron, MalcolmIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Colantuoni, RenatoÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Evans, A.W.ÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Pape, Frank C.IllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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When a bumbling holy man mistakenly baptizes a colony of penguins, God endows the animals with souls and their formerly peaceful community declines into a maelstrom of violence and sin. This witty allegory lampoons French history from ancient to modern times, taking satirical swipes at socialists, royalists, industrialists, militarists, and even the Dreyfus affair, and concluding with a remarkably prescient view of the future. Indeed, more than a hundred years after its initial publication, the story's insights into politics and society remain enduringly relevant. Poet, novelist, and journalist Anatole France (1844-1924) received the Nobel Prize in 1921 in recognition of his literary achievements. His writings reflect an ironic and skeptical point of view, and many of his works were placed on the Roman Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books. This edition of Penguin Island is enhanced with the original black-and-white images by noted illustrator Frank C. Papé.

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