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The Camp of the Saints

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  40 reviews
By the year 2000 there will on present projections be seven billion people swarming on the surface of the Earth. And only nine hundred million of them will be white. What will happen when the teeming billions of the so-called Third World - driven by unbearable hunger and despair, the inevitable consequences of insensate over-population - descend locust-like on the lush lan ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Social Contract Press (first published January 1st 1973)
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Hadrian
Speaking as the son of a first-generation immigrant, I find it hilarious when there's panic about how unchecked immigration will destroy nations. It's flattering to be included as part of a vast conspiracy. It reminds me of a joke about a Jewish man who read anti-Semitic newspapers because he enjoyed reading about how he and his fellow Jews secretly controlled the world.

So this book is a racist nightmare disguised as a future dystopia. Hordes of not-white immigrants swarm upon France, and appar
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Manny
I had never heard of this controversial 70s dystopian novel before I read Hadrian's review the other day. The premise, which has upset liberal commentators ever since publication, is apparently that a tide of refugees from the Third World arrive in Europe, who unwisely agrees to accept them, despite the fact that their resources are insufficient and it is not in their best interests. This duly ends up destroying European civilization. The book has been generally labelled as racist, and, as a per ...more
Cwn_annwn_13
A novel written in the early 1970's Camp of the Saints is about France being deluged with an armada of slow moving boats containing millions of the worst that the "third world" has to offer and the ensuing reaction of the population to the invasion in the weeks before they arrive on the shores of France.

I believe at the time this was written Raspail in many ways meant it as an exagerated parody/satire of naive liberal leftist universalism but now things have gotten to the point with the brainwa
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Jaybird Rex
I found this book to be both profound and utterly un-put-down-able. The idea is very simple: A flotilla of a million of India's poorest and most wretched sets sail for France. Along the way, as this gigantic flotilla gets close to Egypt (in an attempt to pass through the Suez), and then again South Africa, the militaries of these countries threaten to sink the ships and drown the migrants rather than let them land and be forced to deal with them. A regrettable solution, killing them before adopt ...more
Andy
Nov 02, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has an opinion on immigration
Perhaps one of the darkest dystopian novels. Raspail's novel does not get as much attention as it deserves, because the nature of the topic, unchecked immigration from the third world to the first world, is basically off-limits in today's political atmosphere.

The basics of the story are that, escaping dire poverty and filth, one million of the lowest of the low board ships in Calcutta, India, seeking home elsewhere--one million Indians crammed aboard a multitude of decrepit ships bound for some
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Daniel L.
Racist Paranoia in Sheep's Clothing

Some three decades ago, in 1973, Jean Raspail, in a declaration of his allegiance to the White race, sounded the alarm that European culture and society were in danger of being overrun by hoards of non-White persons from India (representing persons from this and other Third World nations). This prophecy, set to occur "in the near future," has not materialized; nevertheless, this theme continues to be rehashed, most notably by the Rev. Patrick Buchanan in "Death
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Samuel Smith
Although at times Raspail seems to be getting carried away in his description of the depravity of the third-world invaders, his description of the reaction of the European elite to the crisis is spot on. I am still amazed that such a book was written decades ago when it is so relevant to what is happening in the world now. What is even more amazing is that Raspail is a Frenchman. Maybe there is yet a glimmer of hope for the le peuple gallois.
Jeff
this will be history far sooner than i imaginedand adrienne rich explains why perfectly:
"the wind will rise,
We can only close the shutters."
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Observer
While it is understandable in 2015 to see this as an anti immigration novel that would be quite wrong. But liberals being liberals rarely get things right. More than anything the book is about income inequality. The masses swarming over France are the result not the cause.

It is quite true that income is becoming increasingly concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, and I'm not talking about the US where most people living in poverty would be middle class or above in 3rd world nations. I'm looki
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Philippe Malzieu
"All that is excessive is ridiculous" Talleyrand

I like Raspail. It is an old conservative. He speaks a perfect language, a classical style. A sort of Chateaubriant of the XX. He dream of greatness and heroism. For him the world is made by courageous and courteous man attracted by adventure.He speaks of a completed time with fire in the chimney, sense of honor and of the oak centenary seen by the window.
He has moreover an enthusiastic patriotism. He behave a certain idea of the greatest of France
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Osred
This prophetic book is not so much about the invasion of Europe as it is about the surrendering mindset of the majority of the white French. Raspail quite ruthlessly examines how and why their culture was eroded by dissidents within, to the point that they were psychologically unable to defend themselves. Jean Anouilh perceptively called it 'A haunting book of irresistible force and calm logic'.
Ron
Prophetic look at the end of Western civilization. Exactly what was described at the beginning of this book has happened already.
Tom
This is a disturbing look at the future, written in the 1970s, and it gets more disturbing as our present unfolds into the future.
Jeb Stuart
I read it around thirty years ago when it was considered a fantasy but Reagan had signed the amnesty bill and the future became clear. Like most books with an outlook it is strong in words and images but if you want to see an early view of what is happening now in Europe and of course in the USA then find it and read. Public libraries likely won't carry it since it is politically incorrect but you can find it online either on websites or in print. You'll find left wing types that give it a one s ...more
Pedro Fragoso
I remembered about this book yesterday and I'm writing this as a reaction to the reviews I found here.

I read "Le camp des Saints" in my teens, amidst all the Heinlein I consumed in my formative years, sometime between "Starship Troopers" and "The Puppet Masters". It was a science-fiction book, today much aged (as in "nothing ages like the future"), but altogether brilliant. Not half as polemic or provocative as Starship Troopers, for sure.

I read it again a few years ago. It was still brilliant d
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Douglas Poulin
Raspail is brilliant and a stud for dealing with this topic head on and with brutal honesty. Beautiful and graphic writing.
Velvetink
Read it, can't remember it, brought it back from my parents place to re-read so I can rate it..
Charlie
Le Camp des Saint de Jean Raspail

J'attendais beaucoup de ce livre, en ayant trouvé citation dans beaucoup de publications à droite et à gauche et le moins que je puisse dire est que je ne suis nullement déçu par ses 387 pages.

En voici le thème, extrait de la préface écrite par Jean Raspail lui-même : "Dans la nuit, sur nos côtes, au Midi de notre pays [La France], cent navires à bout de souffle se sont échoués, chargés d'un million d'émigrants. Des pauvres gens traqués par la misère, des famill
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Dan
Jun 16, 2010 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Concerned with the Future of Eurabia and the Occident More Generally
Camp of the Saints is quite a work.

It's a fantastical, distopian amorality tale written nearly 30 years ago that reads like it was ripped from today's headlines. It's a projected anticipation of the not-so-distant demographic and cultural suicide of a West that no longer cares or respects itself enough to persevere in a world that's a cold, dark place (in the sense described by Maximus in Gladiator).

I won't say the author got everything right. He didn't (and thank God for that).

But there is a
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James
How is this book not banned? The ultimate hot potato. Just try discussing this. Or even tell a friend what it's about. Are things awkward now? Probably. So points just for that. But it's really a shame this is so commonly misused in immigration debates. Really about invasion - an important distinction. Could be just as effective if it were about Martians since the mechanics behind the book are so good. Has this gritty base-level view that's hard to describe, with some folks being moronically ope ...more
Jennifer
This was recommended by one of my best grad school professors and is out of print. This was surprisingly not a page-turner, although the subject was rather fascinating, and I think it's because it was so French-centric. That and it was extremely verbose. The book was undeniably weird but more thought-provoking than most others. I did find myself wondering how I would react in that situation - whether I would stay or flee. But it's hard to imagine being in that situation when really this has kind ...more
Rick Condon
Excellent, thoughtful read. Perhaps the most politically incorrect book I've ever read. There is certainly room to challenge his conclusions but one must marvel over his prediction of events in the US today.
Leigh Verrill-Rhys
Prophetic, timely, a difficult book but compelling read. Fittingly finished reading this book today, 14 juillet, Bastille Day, but I wonder if the French revolutionaries of 1789 would be in The Village or on the beach.
Philippe Bernard
Le choc des civilisations, vu de manière allégorique et extraordinairement pessimiste par Jean Raspail. Tout a déjà été dit sur le livre, paru dans les 70's puis rééditer récemment, son côté prophétique, politiquement incorrect, etc. Il faut lire cet ouvrage surtout pour comprendre le point de vue de l'auteur, se mettre dans sa peau, ressentir son désarroi, sa frustration, sa douleur, sa rancoeur, son aigreur, car ces sentiments-là, viscéraux, sont partagés par plusieurs millions de personnes da ...more
Tony
The West won't be extinguished precisely this way, nor will it know when its days are over, for the demagogues and semi-literates who rule it will imagine its greatest days are still ahead even as the lights go out, but I suspect its demise won't be too far afield from what Raspail describes. Don't bother reading if you're offended by terms like "the West," you'll only be scandalized by a writer who apparently did not give one whit whether he maintained his good standing in the Acceptable Opinio ...more
LaHuppe
une fiction révélatrice de l'abandon actuel de conscience des populations autochtones de cette ancienne contrée appelée France : perte et dévoiement du message universaliste, primauté de l'effort de conscience antitotalitaire, ...
Vos enfants vivront la barbarie du nombre et de la quantité...
Bart
Horribly racist and I only bought it and read it because it is banned in some countries. It does though give good thoughts on what happens when massive immigration coincides with immigrants who do not want to assimilate and a civilization that has lost confidence in itself.
Jackie
I enjoyed this book's satire. It reminded me of Candide by Voltaire. It raised the question of the media being misused by individuals to push their own agendas on the minds of the public. It also makes a good point for immigration reform.
Janne
A little coarse and certainly not G rated but this book ought to scare the bejeebers out of you. It is about the social takeover of the the World by the 3rd world. Not for the squeemish.
Fred R
Nobody can rant like the French, but I would have preferred more effort to make this work as a novel, and not just a political tract.
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