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Insula Pinguinilor

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Un misionar creștin ajunge, păcălit de Diavol, pe o insulă acoperită de ghețuri și, având o vedere foarte proastă, îi confundă pe marii pinguini din specia Great Auk (dispărută la jumătatea secolului al XIX-lea) cu niște păgâni ce trebuie creștinați. El botează toate animalele, iar Dumnezeu, care în mod normal le permite doar oamenilor să fie botezați, rezolvă problema dăr ...more
Paperback, Jurnalul Național, 336 pages
Published 2010 by Curtea Veche (first published 1908)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
یک رمان طنز، و یکی از بهترین آثار آناتول فرانس نویسنده فرانسوی است. کتاب نخستین بار در سال میلادی منتشر شده است. «جزیره پنگوئنها»، روایتی از روح تاریخ حیات بشر است، داستان، اگرچه تاریخی از قوم خیالی پنگوئن را به تصویر کشیده، در حقیقت تاریخ قوم خاصی نیست، و سرنوشت بسیاری از اقوام و تمدنهای گذشته و جدید را میتوان در آن یافت. داستان از معبدی مقدس آغاز میشود، جایی که بسیاری از مردان بزرگ و قدیسان نامدار را در خود پرورش داده، و این که یکی از همین مردان الهی «سن مائل کشیش» مدیریت آن را بر عهده دارد. ...more
Sean
Jul 24, 2007 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, fiction
Not acually about penguins. The French are crafty like that.
Jareed
“As if men could live in society without disputes and without quarrels, and as if civil discords were not the necessary conditions of national life and progress… The progress of civilization manifested itself among them by murderous industry, infamous speculation, and hideous luxury.”


Penguin Island is not about penguins, but it is about history. It is a cynical retelling of the human history commenced in the era before pre-history to the modern ages, done in satire. It is certainly satirical
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Dergrossest
Oct 18, 2013 Dergrossest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read this 100+ year old book, I was amazed at how all the current arguments regarding politics, society and wealth inequality are simply the recycled dreck of yesteryear. The book itself is an allegory of mankind’s history told through the story of certain penguins inadvertently baptized by a bumbling monk and thereafter turned into humans by a God who has grown somewhat soft in his old age. The author is clearly an atheist, but he is not as mean spirited as most modern adherents to the Cul ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
So, I am staying at the Baroness Hotel in Seattle for a few days and I found this book in my room. Wow! Am I glad I picked it up. It said it was a satire, but it was much better than that. It was a French satire of someone who lived in the Gilded Age.

This means anyone who supports Bernie Sanders would really appreciate some of the satire. It also sends up religion, politics, property rights, war, etc. I just loved it. One reason is how it was written. Maybe it's because it's French. (Those peop
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Jamie Elliott
When a bumbling priest accidently baptizes a population of penguins, God is left with a cosmic problem. The solution results in the creation of the Penguin race, and is the beginning of the long history of Penguinia.

Anatole France has essentially written an entire farcical history book, satirizing various stages of human civilization. First he mocks early religion and mythology, prominently featuring the exploits of a saucy and quick-witted young woman, who in later Penguin history will be know
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Baylee
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Davanti all'Affare Dreyfus, nel quale si accusava un innocente, non tutti rimasero a guardare ed è ormai proverbiale il J'Accuse...! che Émile Zola scagliò dalle pagine de L'Aurore contro coloro che misero in piedi l'intera vicenda. Non solo: l'indomani, sul medesimo giornale, comparve la Petizione degli intellettuali, firmata tra gli altri anche da Anatole France.

Lo scrittore, oltre a essere molto colpito dall'Affare (pro
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Vivek Tejuja
Jul 11, 2012 Vivek Tejuja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penguin Island by Anatole France is a strange book so to say or that’s what I thought when I first started reading it. It is probably nothing like I have ever read before and maybe that is why I did not have a reference point to compare it with, which in a way was the best way to read this book.

So let me straight get to the plot: A monk discovers a previously unknown island. He is half-deaf and half-blind because of age. He cannot see the people clearly (or so he assumes them to be people). He w
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Mike Ceballos
Criticar a la sociedad francesa desde un punto de vista satírico no es nada fácil, y muchos menos lo es hacer lo mismo con su historia, llena de encuentros que pudieran parecer cómicos o simplemente absurdos. Esto es lo que logra Anatole France con su novela “La Isla de los Pingüinos”; donde el autor nos lleva a través de la historia y una revisión un tanto polémica del pensamiento francés. Desde la fundación del país mismo y su sentimiento nacionalista hasta los albores del siglo XX, Anatole lo ...more
Kyle
Nobody is this smart anymore, so don't even try to read this unless you're a complete egghead. It went sailing right over my head -- woooo! Almost as boring as The Late George Apley, which I also read a modern library edition of. I'm beginning not to think too much of their choice of books to publish.

Anyway this is a satire of human society, mostly political and religious aspects thereof. It starts off great: an aged monk, St. Mael, nearly blind, baptizes a flock of king penguins when he gets st
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Jerry
Jan 10, 2013 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Satire
Shelves: favorites
Anatole France is proving to be one of my favorite authors. In Penguin Island, he pokes fun at human civilization through satirically inventing a new race of people out of penguins baptized by a blind priest. As he traces their history, I was quite taken with how prophetic France was; many of his clever teases still hold true today. And France knows how to end a book. This is the second time my overall opinion of the entirety was increased upon reading the last few sentences (just like The Revol ...more
Ioana Crețu
Apr 23, 2016 Ioana Crețu rated it it was amazing
„Legea morală îi silește pe oameni, care sunt niște dobitoace, să trăiască altfel decât dobitoacele, ceea ce îi stingherește, fără doar și poate, dar, totodată, îi măgulește și le dă încredere în ei; și, cum sunt îngâmfați, mișei și ahotnici de zburdăciuni, se vor supune cu dragă inimă unor constrângeri cu care se fălesc și pe care îți întemeiază siguranța de acum și nădejdea fericirii lor viitoare. Acesta e temeiul oricărei morale...”
Kezia
Dec 28, 2011 Kezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
France doesn't bash the reader over the head with a mallet screaming THIS IS SATIRE like Swift or Voltaire. Rather, like an acupuncturist, he inserts finely crafted needles into your skull - one for Catholicism, one for socialists, one for royalists, one for industrialists, one for the military, and so on. No one escapes his fine needles. A wonderful read.
Jeanne
Jan 27, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I missed this...what could be more fun than hearing God and St. Augustine debate the merits of giving human souls to a group of penguins who were mistakenly baptized by an old monk whose eyesight was failing?
Taro
Wow.
A ton funnier than I expected.
A blind old monk accidentally lands on an island inhabited solely by pingouins (a word which, though used colloquially modern French for what we in English consider Antarctic penguins, actually refers to Great Auks, a cause of great confusion in my elementary school days as penguins are actually manchots - this is hilariously mentioned in the introduction).
Being blind and deaf and maybe mad, but very pious, he blesses and baptizes this strange race of want he
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Lori Schafer
Aug 23, 2013 Lori Schafer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most brilliant books I have ever read. The initial premise concerns a fictional Saint Mael, an avid proselytizer whose travelling boat one day through the work of the devil is carried off to a distant frozen tundra. The good but aged and impossibly near-sighted Saint, finding himself surrounded by quiet, well-behaved men of short stature, proceeds to lecture and then baptize his newest batch of converts, unaware that they are not men, but penguins. This naturally creates an up ...more
Olya Neshcheretnaya
Novel Anatole France written in the genre of parody on the history of France. The author subtly compares his Pinguini with France, since ancient times, when Maelle a Saint baptized the penguins and happened into a people, to a future where nothing is as important as wealth.
During the reign of the bourgeoisie one doctor comes to mind: "If wealth and civilization bring with them as many reasons for wars as poverty and barbarism, if the folly and wickedness of man is incurable, then there remains
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Taylor
Oct 09, 2015 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2015 Reading Challenge #23 a book more than 100 years old

First published in 1908, this book definitely shows its age. I'm not a fan of really old books because I can't stand the writing style.

Although this sounds like a great read from the premise, it was disappointing. Penguins get baptized erroneously, and god gives them the free will to do with what they will. There are so many places you can go with that, and I guess I was expecting a more fictional story. My friend warned me that it wasn't
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Denise
Jan 30, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would help in the understanding of this book and to get a full appreciation of the writing if the reader was acquainted with the history of France. This book is a satire on religion, history of France and in particular the Dreyfus Affair and government scandals that came afterwards and just prior to World War l.It mentions bombings and the anarchists which happened around that time, but also can apply to happenings in the world, nowadays.
Carol Apple
May 01, 2014 Carol Apple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An elderly missionary monk boards a stone boat and floats off course in a violent storm, ending up on an island in the North Sea inhabited only by penguins - which are really probably meant to be great auks. Mistaking them for a diminutive race of pagan humans the monk baptizes the entire population, an event that causes a great quandary in heaven about what to do now about the eternal destiny of creatures baptized as Christians but lacking a soul with free will. After a hilarious philosophical ...more
Simo
Jun 30, 2015 Simo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vaikka kirja on kirjoitettu 1900-luvun alussa, sen yhteiskuntakritiikki ja satiiri oli paikoitellen yhä ajankohtaista. En kuitenkaan pitänyt kirjan (satiirisesta) rakenteesta, joka matki mahtipontisia historiallisia romaaneja. Pingviinien saari kävi läpi erään eurooppalaisen kuvitteellisen kansan historian, ja oli hyvin pitkäveteistä luettavaa ennen kuin kirjassa päästiin 1800-luvun lopulle. Syy oli varmasti se, että aiempien vuosisatojen kulttuurihistoria on itselleni niin vierasta, että satiir ...more
Farzaneh
اين كتاب روايت تاريخ انسانهاست كه در قالب تشبيه، به خلقت قوم پنگوئن نشان داده شده است. پنگوئن هاى قطب شمال بخاطر اشتباه يك كشيش پير، غسل تعميد داده ميشوند و به ناچار، توسط خداوند به شبه انسان تبديل ميشوند. اين قوم، همانند انسان، طى قرن ها با حوادث زيادى روبرو ميشود كه جامعه اوليه آنها را از شكل ساده و ابتدايي، به جامعه اى اسف بار تبديل ميكند. در اين ميان، سياستمداران، سرمايه گذاران، ثروتمندان و روحانيون شيطان صفت از هيچ جنايتى فروگذار نميكنند(همه برگرفته از حقايق تاريخى). در نهايت، پسركى جوان، ك ...more
ben
Jan 08, 2009 ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this, I was taking AP Euro, I could match up every event that France described with the actual one.
I think that's the best way to read it, you have to know how to interperet it.
And because of that, I thought it was hilarious.
I'm reading a lot more Anatole France.
Terry Garner
Jun 29, 2012 Terry Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Nobel Prize winning books, and sadly, one of the most forgotten. Beautiful plot. While it can be tedious sometimes, the fact A. France explores so many different aspects of human nature--even some of the less interesting aspects--is amazing.
Murnau
Cuando alguien aborda a algún ganador del premio Nobel se imagina a un autor de obras complicadas, de sesudos conceptos y mucha simbolista, historias de la vida corriente que dan mas importancia a la psicología de los personajes que a la acción, a veces, incluso, ignorando lo que se llamaría una trama convencional. Esto, esta claro, es una generalización muy atrevida, existen multitud de excepciones en estos 115 años de galardones literarios: pero partamos de mi premisa. Imaginemos por un moment ...more
Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History undergraduates.
Recommended to Czarny by: Nobel Prize Committee
Shelves: french-lit
Penguin Island is a brilliant satire of the political Right and the Catholic Church in the Third Republic of France when the Dreyfus affair was at its height. Anatole France attacks several easy targets with brio.

He does a wonderful retelling of the Dreyfus affaire. Dreyfus' alter-ego is a Jewish merchant charged with stealing fodder sold to the army by a Catholic aristocrat and never delivered to the army. Emile Zola makes his appearance and the cover-up of the fabrication of the charges again
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Vasco Ribeiro
A classificação de 1 estrela não é propriamente para o livro mas por a recente leitura ter defraudado uma forte ilusão da minha juventude. De facto tinha lido este livro na adolescência e a imagem com que fiquei na altura,e durou até agora, era que este livro seria uma das minhas referências. Por isso resolvi relê-lo. Que desilusão! Até gostei de o ler, reconheço nele uma sátira espetacular, uma alegoria inigualável, um poder de síntese (por abarcar a evolução da humanidade pinguística) assinalá ...more
L
May 11, 2011 L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
Impaired monk baptizes colony of penguins. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

I just want to say that the best part of this book was where God is debating with his saints about what to do about this nonsense and one of them is just like, "Make 'em like centaurs. Only with penguins." Just picturing that in my head made my day.

This is not a terribly subtle book, either. You know how in Oliver Twist everybody is horrible to the poor, but nobody really notices it? Well, in this book, the thing nobody notices is ev
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament."

Anatole France began his career as a poet and a journalist. In 1869, Le Parnasse Contemporain published one of his poems, La Part de Madeleine. In 1875, he sat on the committee which
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“«Signori, i pinguini sono malcontenti del nuovo regime, perché, anche se ne traggono profitto, è naturale per gli uomini lamentarsi della propria condizione.” 0 likes
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