The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil Author:George Saunders In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria. — An "Animal Farm" for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of ... more »unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work, and his first book for adults in five years.« less
This is an interesting book that deals with fascism. The story does not really include humans, but rather machines with organic human like components. Phil, for example has a brain that sits on a rack, only secured with a screw. Needless to say, his brain regularly falls off the track and Phil starts yelling nonsensical things.