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Penguin Island

ByAnatole France

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Penguin Island (1908; French: L'Île des Pingouins) is a satirical fictional history by Nobel Prize winning French author Anatole France. It is about a fictitious island of great auks. The history begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk accidentally lands on the island and sees the great auks as a sort of Greek pre-Christian pagan society. Partly blind, he mistakes the animals for people and baptizes them. This mistake causes a problem for The Lord who normally only allows people to be baptized, so he resolves it by converting the great auks to people and giving them a soul. Thus begins the great auk history. Scattered throughout are allusions to real historical people such as Columba and Saint Augustine, as well as fictitious characters who represent historical people. Penguin Island is a critique of human nature. Reproduction of the 1909 Edition in English.

Details

Publication Date
Feb 28, 2010
Language
English
ISBN
9780557324514
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Anatole France

Specifications

Pages
368
Binding
Hardcover
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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