Penguin Island

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Lane, 1909 - 345 pages

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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There is a risk with topical writing. The section "Modern times" builds on events that were current or recent at the time of writing, and today we remember only a vague reflection of a shadow of them ... Read full review

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Page 9 - Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
Page 27 - And that I may go unto the altar of GOD, even unto the GOD of my joy and gladness ; and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O GOD, my GOD.
Page 323 - Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven ; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Page 150 - Then Doctor Obnubile bent his head in bitter reflection. "Since wealth and civilization admit of as many causes of wars as poverty and barbarism, since the folly and wickedness of men are incurable, there remains but one good action to be done. The wise man will collect enough dynamite to blow up this planet. When its fragments fly through space an imperceptible amelioration will be accomplished in the universe and a satisfaction will be given to the universal conscience. Moreover, this universal...
Page 44 - When they wear clothes and are under the moral law they will assume an immense pride, a vile hypocrisy, and an excessive cruelty." "Is it possible, my son," sighed the old man, "that you understand so badly the effects of the moral law to which even the heathen submit?" "The moral law," answered Magis, "forces men who are beasts to live otherwise than beasts, a thing that doubtless puts a constraint upon them, but that also flatters and reassures them; and as they are proud, cowardly, and covetous...
Page vi - We do not know exactly how things have happened, and the historian's embarrassment increases with the abundance of documents at his disposal. When a fact is known through the evidence of a single person, it is admitted without much hesitation. Our perplexities begin when events are related by two or by several witnesses, for their evidence is always contradictory and always irreconcilable. It is true that the scientific reasons for preferring one piece of evidence to another are sometimes very strong,...
Page 52 - They are creating law; they are founding property; they are establishing the principles of civilization, the basis of society, and the Foundations of the State.
Page 199 - SHORT time after the flight of the Emiral, a middle-class Jew called Pyrot, desirous of associating with the aristocracy and wishing to serve his country, entered the Penguin army. The Minister of War, who at the time was Greatauk, Duke of Skull, could not endure him. He blamed him for his zeal, his hooked nose, his vanity, his fondness for study, his thick lips, and his exemplary conduct. Every time the author of any misdeed was looked for, Greatauk used to say: "It must be Pyrot!" One morning General...
Page 62 - The rich Penguins of the valley of Dalles reared domestic animals, while those of the Bay of Divers cultivated their orchards. Merchants of Port-Alca carried on a trade in salt fish with Armorica and the gold of the two Britains, which began to be introduced into the island, facilitated exchange. The Penguin people were enjoying the fruit of their labours in perfect tranquillity when suddenly a sinister rumour ran from village to village. It was said everywhere that a frightful dragon had ravaged...
Page 48 - notice how each one advances with his nose pointed towards the centre of gravity of that young damsel now that the centre is covered by a garment. The sphere inspires the meditations of geometers by the number of its properties. When it proceeds from a physical and living nature it acquires new qualities, and in order that the interest of that figure might be fully revealed to the penguins it was necessary that, ceasing to see it distinctly with their eyes, they should be led to represent it to themselves...

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