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Day, Clarence: This Simian World (Illustrated). v1. 09 July 2012
By the author of “God and My Father,” “Life with Father,” “Life With Mother,” “The Crow’s Nest,” etc.
The author of “Life With Father” takes a thoughtful look at the ape-like aspects of humanity and offers witty speculations on a world dominated by other species. This 1920 work features humorous, provocative insights into the nature of the evolutionary pyramid. 10 of Day's Thurberesque black-and-white line illustrations enhance the text.
The first half of the book speculates on humanity's future if it had descended from cats, elephants, or cows. The second, and better, half is some of the saddest and best writing on the human condition produced in the 20th century. I never tire of reading this book and often give copies to friends. It is a joy to see it back in print.
It is better written and funnier than all of the top selling 'humor' books on the bestseller lists.
—Nancy Beiman, review at amazon.com
“The most amusing little essay of the year. We like best his picture of the cat civilization. It is even finer than Swift’s immortal description of a country governed by the super-horse.”
—The Independent (1920 ?)
A couple of excerpts:
10 half-page line drawings, all centered.
Decorative font for drop-caps --- I had to cheat on the capitalization --- initial letters are actually in lower-case in order to make that font display the way I wanted it. Ugly coding! Can someone tell me a better workaround for this kind of situation?
A Large-caps version also available.
|essays, evolution, satire, social commentary|
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