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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1908, and widely regraded as his masterpiece, Penguin Island is Anatole France's most searching and satirical novel. A humorous critique of customs and laws, rituals and rites, its subject is human nature, but its characters are penguins in the mythical land of Penguinia. The story of the strutting penguins and their virtues and vices is not merely a burlesque allegory of French history, it is a satire of the history of mankind. With gentle yet biting irony, France challenges the Spencerian belief in the ultimate perfectibility of man, though his irony reveals his sympathy for man's weaknesses and his need for social institutions.
(P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 04-16-06

The narrarator Ughhh

The narrarator does the nasty sounding spittle sound thing when he is reading. Maybe he had a really dry mouth and needed a drink of water, but it was terribly gross to listen to, and the guy had some weird nasal accent, it was more than I could stand to listen to. By now I have listen to hundreds of books of all different types and there are very few that I can't finish, but this book is one simply because of the narrarator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 10-19-09

Satire like Jonathan Swift

Enjoyable retelling of history using penguins instead of men - whimsical yet serious. Drags some in the middle, but good beginning and end.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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