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Animal envy : a fable

Author: Ralph Nader
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Seven Stories Press first editionView all editions and formats
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"What would animals tell us--about themselves, about us--if there were a common language among all animal species? A bracingly simple idea, one that has been used before in books like George Orwell's Animal Farm and E.B. White's Charlotte's Web among others, but never like this. In Animal Envy, Ralph Nader proposes, quite plausibly, that a programmer has created a "digital translation" app whereby animals of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Political fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Nader
ISBN: 9781609807528 1609807529
OCLC Number: 942838439
Description: 217 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Ralph Nader.

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"What would animals tell us--about themselves, about us--if there were a common language among all animal species? A bracingly simple idea, one that has been used before in books like George Orwell's Animal Farm and E.B. White's Charlotte's Web among others, but never like this. In Animal Envy, Ralph Nader proposes, quite plausibly, that a programmer has created a "digital translation" app whereby animals of different species, from insects to whales, can speak to one another, and through a "hyper-advanced converter" these animals can then also speak, both collectively and individually, to humans. It is decided that there will be a global assembly. It will be called "The Great Talkout." Humans are persuaded to reserve 100 hours of network coverage so The Great Talkout may begin and will be viewed by humans everywhere, in all human languages, as well as all animal languages. The novel that ensues is part parable, part contemporary politics, and part animal lore, deeply felt and powerfully informed. Just as he did when he wrote Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, Nader shows here that his visionary genius knows no limits"--

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