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Rebellion Of The Beasts The: Or, the Ass is Dead! Long Live the Ass!! Hardcover – 30 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers (30 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897335201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897335201
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,062,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Clever, savage, funny and poignant, this attack on political arrogance, religious hypocrisy, and intellectual excess is as applicable today as it was in 1825, when it was so dangerous that Leigh Hunt... published it anonymously. Hunt's novel still speaks for the dispossessed, disempowered, the universal victims of political ambition, insensitivity, and greed..." Chr(45) Dr Marilyn Gaull, Editor, The Wordsworth Circle; Professor of English, New York University.

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Leigh Hunt was an English essayist, writer, and a friend of Shelley and Keats. He is the author of "Imagination and Fancy" and "What is Poetry?"Douglas A. Anderson, a leading American Tolkien scholar, is acknowledged as the worldwide expert on the textual history of "The Hobbit." He has contributed the text notes for all Houghton Mifflin Tolkien editions for more than a decade. He is also a bookseller, formerly in Ithaca, New York, now in northern Indiana.

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
2004 saw the first publication of this gleefully savage satire in some 180 years, and I must say that the author of The Rebellion of the Beasts or, The Ass is Dead! Long Live the Ass!!! was brilliantly scathing in his allegorical attack on the English monarchy of his day. I found this book well-nigh hilarious in its obvious lampooning of political corruption and courtly behavior. It's not hard to see why the author, in 1825, published the work anonymously. The content of this book is just the sort of thing that could get you boiled in oil and/or separated from your head by a very much not-amused king. Strangely enough, however, the book seems to have come and gone rather quietly in its day, which explains why it has basically lain dormant for almost two centuries. Although the novel is attributed to Leigh Hunt, the identity of the author is by no means certain - I personally find compelling reasons to doubt the given attribution. It has obvious parallels with George Orwell's Animal Farm, but there is no evidence that Orwell ever perused this little gem of satirical genius.
In the story, the human narrator tells of how he snuck into the library at Cambridge as a prank and pilfered an old manuscript by Cornelius Agrippa, by which he learned how to brew a concoction that gave him the ability to converse with the animals. He acquires his amazing skill on the very eve of the animals' long-planned revolt against the vile, cruel human race. After a successful rebellion and the subjugation of man, the animals all come together to establish a government. The "Rights of Brutes" are quickly established as the first step to liberty and justice for all animals (except man, of course). Different factions soon emerge among the species, however.
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Gleefully scathing political and social satire 22 Jun. 2005
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
2004 saw the first publication of this gleefully savage satire in some 180 years, and I must say that the author of The Rebellion of the Beasts or, The Ass is Dead! Long Live the Ass!!! was brilliantly scathing in his allegorical attack on the English monarchy of his day. I found this book well-nigh hilarious in its obvious lampooning of political corruption and courtly behavior. It's not hard to see why the author, in 1825, published the work anonymously. The content of this book is just the sort of thing that could get you boiled in oil and/or separated from your head by a very much not-amused king. Strangely enough, however, the book seems to have come and gone rather quietly in its day, which explains why it has basically lain dormant for almost two centuries. Although the novel is attributed to Leigh Hunt, the identity of the author is by no means certain - I personally find compelling reasons to doubt the given attribution. It has obvious parallels with George Orwell's Animal Farm, but there is no evidence that Orwell ever perused this little gem of satirical genius.

In the story, the human narrator tells of how he snuck into the library at Cambridge as a prank and pilfered an old manuscript by Cornelius Agrippa, by which he learned how to brew a concoction that gave him the ability to converse with the animals. He acquires his amazing skill on the very eve of the animals' long-planned revolt against the vile, cruel human race. After a successful rebellion and the subjugation of man, the animals all come together to establish a government. The "Rights of Brutes" are quickly established as the first step to liberty and justice for all animals (except man, of course). Different factions soon emerge among the species, however. There were royalists, such as the royal horses, and ultra-royalists, such as the rats; natural predators who favored military despotism; moderate constitutionalists such as the sheep and goats; high democrats such as the raves and kites, and even terrorists such as the vultures and ravens. The strongest voice to arise from the debate, however, was that of the ass; this most power-hungry and deceitful of creatures quietly set about to gain power for himself via political intrigue, outright deception, general warmongering, and complicity with the equine wife of a leading royalist. Political enemies are identified and eliminated in alarming fashion, until such time as the ass centralizes all power in himself alone. As dictator, the ass determines all policy, proclaims the one and only state religion, and eliminates any individual or species he views as a threat.

This is where the story turns truly hilarious. Much time is devoted to a description of the ass's royal court. Courtiers show their respect for the ass by licking his tail, and the author describes the protocol of licking tail in gleefully great detail. We are also treated to a number of official titles for the donkey king, all of them along the lines of "his asinine majesty." The priestly class of elephants is also skewered. We learn how an amazing number of half-elephant offspring start turning up all over the place, an oddity given the fact that the elephant priests are so known for their chastity and faithfulness to their elephant wives (albeit rumors abound that certain priests disregard gender as much as species in these matters). We hear all about the Book of Morals, the authoritative religious work that is only valid when elephant feces have marred great portions of the actual writing. I could go on, but you get the idea. Alas, the great dictatorship of the ass is brought down by none other than the queen, whose infidelity marked a divide that ends in bloody revolution.

This is rapier-sharp allegorical castigation of the king and court of merry old England at the time of original publication, political and social satire told with the greatest of wit. The author ascends to new heights of satirical prowess. Even in our own time, it is by no means difficult to see what the author is actually saying in this allegorical description of the rebellion of the brutes. Comparisons with Orwell's Animal Farm will doubtless get The Rebellion of the Beasts more exposure than it might otherwise get, but this newly recovered novel is of great merit in and of itself. There is no shortage of power-hungry asses in the world today, and the allegorical traits described in this book apply very well to modern governments of all kinds. The price of freedom and liberty is eternal vigilance, and The Rebellion of the Beasts shows you the very personality traits and manners of political subterfuge to always be on the lookout for. Plus, lest we forget, it's a viciously funny read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting precursor to "Animal Farm" 17 Nov. 2004
By Murphy 's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Rebellion of the Beasts" is amazingly well-written and not too terribly dated for a book published in 1825. It makes for very interesting reading, keeping Orwell's "Animal Farm" in mind. The introduction by Douglas Anderson states that there is no evidence that Orwell read this book, and that idea is buttressed by the differences in both the development of the story and in the details of the rebellion by the "brutes". If Leigh Hunt was indeed the author of "The Rebellion of the Beasts", he must be elevated to the post of patron saint of PETA by default, given his deep sensitivity to the sufferings of ALL the "brutes", from the ass to the flea. Some of the satire and more obscure details (hey, I was forced to "Google" several items) are above and beyond modern readers, but the story IS engaging and thought-provoking. We "humans" do take the lives and sufferings of our fellow creatures entirely too lightly. Hunt speaks up for all the other animals; the mammals, the fishes and the insects included. In fact, I now feel quite guilty about having enjoyed raw oysters at a recent roast and pig-picking. On the downside, the book is small and just 150 pages long. On the upside, those of us with the attention span of a gnat (like me) can easily consume it without flagging.
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