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The Camp of the Saints

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  374 Ratings  ·  72 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
May 15, 2014 Hadrian rated it did not like it
Shelves: french, fiction
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
Jaybird Rex
May 27, 2010 Jaybird Rex rated it it was amazing
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
Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 12, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it it was amazing
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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Andy
Nov 02, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
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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Ian Gardner
Sep 05, 2015 Ian Gardner rated it it was amazing
Now September 2015...... Interesting reading the reviews of the past 2 - 3 years, how wrong and naive some people were. This was almost prophetic, Enoch Powells rivers of blood speech now springs to mind as the next prophetic words to have been written in the past that we await for. God help us all for what we are about to do in the name of humanity.
Osred
Jan 06, 2014 Osred rated it it was amazing
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'.
Jay
Sep 17, 2015 Jay rated it liked it
A lot of dystopian fiction came out of the 1970s. A lot of it was science fiction, and postulated the outbreak of a humanity-destroying plague, or Earth being struck by a humanity-destroying comet, or some other humanity-destroying event. But in Camp of the Saints, Jean Raspail views humanity itself as the destroyer--or at least, part of humanity destroying the civilization that another part of humanity has built up, painstakingly, over many centuries.

In short, the story has fleets of thousands
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Daniel L.
Jul 25, 2013 Daniel L. rated it did not like it
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
Jan 24, 2011 Samuel Smith rated it really liked it
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.
John Wiltshire
Some of you who follow my reviews will know I like horror novels but that I've become a little jaded over them recently. Basically, I don't find much frightening. I started this book last night however and actually didn't sleep much afterwards. I suspect this novel is a minority taste/interest kind of book, more talked about than actually read. Anything that's demonised, anything people try to ban, however, piques my interest. You can't dislike something you haven't tried, after all. I'll update ...more
Delia Lassen
Sep 11, 2015 Delia Lassen rated it liked it
Hard to believe this was written in 1973. Europe offers no resistance as third-world migrants flood in by boat and ship. In Paris, foreign 'guest workers' rise up in violence against the local people. Meanwhile in America, people cower in their apartments as migrants from South America rampage on the streets. Clunky because of poor translation I suspect (at least in the version I read) but remarkably prescient about the current situation in Europe and to a lesser extent the USA. Not a pleasant r ...more
Arthur Meursault
Feb 09, 2016 Arthur Meursault rated it it was amazing
Great book, but the film version is better. Haven't seen the film? Just switch on your TV and tune into any news channel featuring a story about the current situation in Europe. You can watch it right there.
Tom
Oct 18, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
This is a disturbing look at the future, written in the 1970s, and it gets more disturbing as our present unfolds into the future.
Luke
Dec 25, 2015 Luke rated it it was amazing
Raspail has a crude form of prose. It is not refined but I cannot help but read on. This is not like most authors - I can put down the book sometimes too easily and not pick it up. The Camp of the Saints however, I simply couldn't put it down. Credit where credit is due - you will thoroughly enjoy this book, even if you disagree with it.

Yet Raspail is right. He is hyperbolic, certainly, but you cannot stretch out a book and detail every little migration. But the mass importation of the Third Wor
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P.S. Carrillo
Aug 04, 2015 P.S. Carrillo rated it it was amazing
Written over 40 years ago, Jean Raspail faced a torrent of resistance for this exceptional novel and upon first reading it is easy to understand why. His thesis of masses of people immigrating from the third world into Europe without invitation triggers fear within us and our Christian based ethos will not permit us to view the inevitability of this invasion as anything but deserved. Europeans and Americans suffer from a guilt that although may be well deserved will undermine our ability to prot ...more
Observer
Apr 24, 2015 Observer rated it it was amazing
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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Jeb Stuart
Jul 13, 2014 Jeb Stuart rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly
Sep 14, 2015 Kelly added it
The fact that I am afraid to even rate this book, or discuss it for fear of being misunderstood makes it all the more valuable. In today's society where unpopular ideas cannot even be entertained, this book punched my politically correct complacency in the face. There are some amazing points about the role of modern media, overpopulation, groupthink, cultural and moral relativism, integration theory, and present day popular culture in here. There are also some ideas I didn't support or agree wit ...more
Rick Condon
Jul 17, 2014 Rick Condon rated it it was amazing
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.
Jeff
May 19, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
this will be history far sooner than i imaginedand adrienne rich explains why perfectly:
"the wind will rise,
We can only close the shutters."
Ron
Oct 20, 2008 Ron rated it it was amazing
Prophetic look at the end of Western civilization. Exactly what was described at the beginning of this book has happened already.
Haris
Nov 23, 2015 Haris rated it really liked it
Yes, it's racist. But we'll get to that later.

I read this book a while ago but withheld review until I got through Michel Houllebecq's Submission. I figured they would be topical reads, given the refugee and immigration crisis in Europe (and, more recently, the terror attacks). Now an even more notable coincidence inspired me to finally post the review: a Greek boat allegedly attempted to sink a boat of Syrian refugees, eerily similar to a Greek boat plowing through survivors of a sunk boat in T
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James
May 28, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
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
Tony
Feb 24, 2015 Tony rated it liked it
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
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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A. J. McMahon
I came to read this novel because it has been much talked about lately online with reference to the recent immigration of Syrian refugees to mainland Europe. Published in 1973, Raspail foresaw a future in which a famine in India results in a mass migration of a million Hindus to Europe, where they make landing in France. Behind them are yet more waves of Third World migrants ready to follow. Europe faces an inundation of immigrants of fundamentally different cultures which will overwhelm and obl ...more
Pedro Fragoso
Jun 12, 2014 Pedro Fragoso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Gary Misch
Dec 16, 2015 Gary Misch rated it really liked it
This is a dismal view of a future Europe that commits suicide by inviting in hordes of central Asians on the heels of an Indian famine. In the story, the majority of Europeans, and most especially the governing class, feels so beholden to migrants, that they gladly welcome unlimited numbers, even at the risk of their own cultural survival. The newcomers turn out to have no respect for their guests; they over run them. Most of the action takes place in Southern France, where the flotilla of migra ...more
Tay
Aug 12, 2015 Tay marked it as to-read
"What will happen when the teeming billions of the Third World - driven by unbearable hunger and despair, the inevitable consequences of insensate over-population - descend locust-like on the lush lands of the complacent white nations?

Jean Raspail has the rare imagination and courage necessary to face this terrifying question head-on. Readers of whatever color and political persuasion will find in The Camp of the Saints (already a bestseller in France & America) a hypnotically readable novel
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