Penguin Island

Anatole FRANCE (1844 - 1924), translated by A. W. EVANS ( - )

The novel (original French title -- L'Île des Pingouins) is a satire on human nature. The first publication was in 1908. These penguins are mistaken for humans by the 97-year-old priest, Father Mael, because of his bad eyesight. He baptizes them, and once baptized, they have no choice but to become human. They take on human traits (build civilizations, go to war, etc.). The book is very funny and powerful. (Summary by Michael)

Genre(s): Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1-1 Life of Saint Mael Michael Sirois
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Play 02 1-2 The Apostolical Vocation of Saint Mael Michael Sirois
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Play 03 1-3 The Temptation of Saint Mael Michael Sirois
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Play 04 1-4 Saint Mael's Navigation on the Ocean of Ice Michael Sirois
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Play 05 1-5 The Baptism of the Penguins Michael Sirois
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Play 06 1-6 An Assembly in Paradise Michael Sirois
00:18:36
Play 07 1-7 An Assembly in Paradise (Continuation and End) Michael Sirois
00:10:49
Play 08 1-8 Metamorphosis of the Penguins Michael Sirois
00:03:44
Play 09 2-01 The First Clothes Michael Sirois
00:10:51
Play 10 2-02 The First Clothes (Continuation and End) Michael Sirois
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Play 11 2-03 Setting Bounds to the Fields and the Origin of Property Michael Sirois
00:08:38
Play 12 2-04 The First Assembly of the Estates of Penguinia Michael Sirois
00:05:29
Play 13 2-05 The Marriage of Krakken and Orberosia Michael Sirois
00:04:37
Play 14 2-06 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 1 Michael Sirois
00:05:34
Play 15 2-07 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 2 Michael Sirois
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Play 16 2-08 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 3 Michael Sirois
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Play 17 2-09 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 4 Michael Sirois
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Play 18 2-10 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 5 Michael Sirois
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Play 19 2-11 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 6 Michael Sirois
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Play 20 2-12 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 7 Michael Sirois
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Play 21 2-13 The Dragon of Alca, pt. 8 (end) Michael Sirois
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Play 22 3-1 Brian the Good and Queen Glamorgan Michael Sirois
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Play 23 3-2 Draco the Great (Translation of the Relics of St. Orberosia) Michael Sirois
00:06:56
Play 24 3-3 Queen Crucha Michael Sirois
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Play 25 3-4 Letters: Johannes Talpa Michael Sirois
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Play 26 3-5 The Arts: The Primitives of Penguin Painting Michael Sirois
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Play 27 3-6 Marbodius Michael Sirois
00:26:03
Play 28 3-7 Signs in the Moon Michael Sirois
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Play 29 4-1 Mother Roquin Michael Sirois
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Play 30 4-2 Trinco Michael Sirois
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Play 31 4-3 The Journey of Doctor Obnubile Michael Sirois
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Play 32 5-1 The Reverend Fathers Agaric and Cornemuse Michael Sirois
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Play 33 5-2 Prince Crucho Michael Sirois
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Play 34 5-3 The Cabal Michael Sirois
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Play 35 5-4 Viscountess Olive Michael Sirois
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Play 36 5-5 The Prince des Boscenos Michael Sirois
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Play 37 5-6 The Emiral's Fall Michael Sirois
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Play 38 5-7 Conclusion Michael Sirois
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Play 39 6-01 General Greatauk, Duke of Skull Michael Sirois
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Play 40 6-02 Pyrot Michael Sirois
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Play 41 6-03 Count de Maubec de la Dentdulynx Michael Sirois
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Play 42 6-04 Columban Michael Sirois
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Play 43 6-05 The Reverend Fathers Agaric and Cornemuse Michael Sirois
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Play 44 6-06 The Seven Hundred Pyrotists Michael Sirois
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Play 45 6-07 Bidault-Coquille and Maniflore, the Socialists Michael Sirois
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Play 46 6-08 The Columban Trial Michael Sirois
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Play 47 6-09 Father Douillard Michael Sirois
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Play 48 6-10 Mr. Justice Chaussepied Michael Sirois
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Play 49 6-11 Conclusion Michael Sirois
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Play 50 7-1 Madame Clarence's Drawing-Room Michael Sirois
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Play 51 7-2 The Charity of St. Orberosia Michael Sirois
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Play 52 7-3 Hippolyte Ceres Michael Sirois
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Play 53 7-4 A Politician's Marriage Michael Sirois
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Play 54 7-5 The Visire Cabinet Michael Sirois
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Play 55 7-6 The Sofa of the Favorite Michael Sirois
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Play 56 7-7 The First Consequences Michael Sirois
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Play 57 7-8 Further Consequences Michael Sirois
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Play 58 7-9 The Final Consequences Michael Sirois
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Play 59 8-1 The Endless History & Section 1 Michael Sirois
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Play 60 8-2 Section 2 Michael Sirois
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Play 61 8-3 Section 3 Michael Sirois
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Play 62 8-4 Section 4 Michael Sirois
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