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Revolt of the Angels

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  679 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Perhaps -- France herein makes similar points -- with tongue firmly in cheek, of course. You'll just to decide for yourself. France won the Nobel Prize for literature back in the days when it meant something. This farce is a treat whether or not the conspiracy is farce. The fantastique is a substantial genre within French literature. Arguably dating back further than Engli ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Borgo Press (first published 1914)
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I read this book as part of my Nobel Prize for Literature Awardees reading list. As it turned out it is one the longest list I will ever try to finish. Sometimes I too wonder where I found the audacity to attempt to foray in this kind of reading list.

The Revolt of the Angels is my initial foray into Anatole France's works, which definitely is not my last one. It was not his first, as France was apparently a poet and a journalist too, but is considered to be his most profound novel. I was a suck
Arax Miltiadous
Jan 12, 2015 Arax Miltiadous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arax by: αποστολος Κουκουλουδης
" Σύντροφοι,
όχι δεν θα κατακτήσουμε τον ουρανό. Φτάνει που το μπορούμε.
Ο πόλεμος γεννάει τον πόλεμο και η νίκη την ήττα.
ο νικημένος θεός θα γίνει σατανάς και ο νικητής σατανάς, Θεός.
Είθε να μην μου λάχει μια τόσο συφοριασμένη κατάρα. "

Αναλογίζομαι πως θα ήταν ο κόσμος αν υπήρχαν περισσότεροι άνθρωποι σαν τον Anatole France. Δλδ, αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ένα εξαιρετικό δημιούργημα που μόνο ένας υπέροχος νους θα μπορούσε να συλλάβει και να αποδώσει, χωρίς να γίνει προβοκάτορας.
Η αντίδραση και η Επανά
Jun 08, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that could only have been written in France. And poor Anatole France got on the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books for his efforts. The Revolt of the Angels is not really a work of irreligion as it is of gentle irony.

It all starts when Arcade, the guardian angel of Maurice d'Esparvieu, starts reading books in the famed d'Esparvieu library and decides that the God whom he served was actually a demiurge named Ialdabaoth. He enlists other angels who are living among men to jo
Con Bé Ki
Sep 24, 2015 Con Bé Ki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sách hay. Cứ cuốn nào mà hút ta đọc một mạch từ đầu đến cuối không ngừng nghỉ thì bỏ mặc tất cả mọi thứ sang một bên, đấy là một cuốn sách hay :D

Nói chứ đọc cuốn này thấy "nhớ" Đỏ và Đen, bởi nó cứ giông giống thế nào đấy, chắc là do cùng 1 người dịch.

Nói chung, hãy cứ như anh chàng Maurice trong sách, đại loại là cứ chuyên tâm học cách lẩn tránh việc hiểu sách nói gì, để rồi chính sự lẩn tránh đó mà ta sẽ gặt hái được không thứ này thì cũng thứ kia. Cứ hiểu ít còn hơn là hiểu sai.

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Apr 13, 2016 Huongta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Một phần vì bản dịch quá chán. Nội dung cũng không ăn mạch với nhau.
Cách trình bày sách nữa, cái dòng chữ ở bottom header mà trang nào cũng có, nhìn như kiểu sách bị gây mực nhom nhem.
Hay tại mình đọc không tập trung?
Tieu uyen
Jul 03, 2015 Tieu uyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cuốn sách hay nhất của Anatole France
Apr 02, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A clever and mischievous take on the theology of modern society, The Revolt of the Angels follows the path of Arcade, a lowly guardian angel, as he happens upon the ugly truths of his divine master in the library of his human charge. Anatole France takes what could be a very dry polemic against the slavery of religion and makes it into a charming romp with his gifts for characterization and story-telling. As Maurice, the young man abandoned by Arcade, struggles to get his guardian back, we are s ...more
It's becoming obvious that many of my bk 'reviews' are actually just excuses for anecdotes w/ just a little bk review thrown in here & there. That's the case here. I've been writing a math humor bk called "Paradigm Shift Knuckle Sandwich & other examples of PNT (Perverse Number Theory)" - in fact, it's more or less finished now: I'm just working on the Glossary & the Index. Part of this bk entails my navigating thru my notes about math bks that I read between, roughly, 2003 & 200 ...more
Krystal Hickam
Oct 30, 2012 Krystal Hickam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I found it at a Half Price Books and it just seemed to call out to me. It's classified as a satire, but I think that is because atheism isn't something that could be talked about back in the day when this book was first published. The main story is much like the title. A band of Angels wants to revolt against God and heaven. These fallen angels don't think that God is good, or that he is all powerful as he claims to be. They are educated, having read many philosophical books, ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book offers a heartening plot idea: the overthrow of god by revolting angels who have discovered the true origin and function of the universe through science. Ordinarily such a story would provide plenty of good reading and feeling which any intellectual critique of religion can offer to anyone with an open mind. My low rating for the book is not because of the plot but because I just was not captivated by the writing. Maybe it was the translation. It would be great if a new author would wr ...more
Olya Neshcheretnaya
This is a novel about a coup attempt in the heavenly firmament. The angels, frustrated in the politics of God, descend upon Earth to prepare the overthrow of their master.
In General, the author is ridiculing the events of 1812 in France. The problem is that if you're not aware of the historical events of the time, it is unlikely to be able to capture the essence of satire, presented by Anatole France this work.
If the "Island penguins", the author ridicules the history of France, and we, as reade
I read Revolt of the Angels again for Bibliogoth, practically in one sitting. I really enjoyed it. Revolutionaries disguised as angels and politics disguised as religion. It has old libraries full of books, love affairs, and bombs. It’s a book that hardly anyone has ever heard of but if you can find a copy it’s well worth a read.
Javier Sanjuan
Jul 21, 2014 Javier Sanjuan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lleno de sátiras, de sabiduría y de reflexiones, este libro es una obra maestra que merece ser leída, nos entrega una visión peculiar, pero no desacertada, de como se desenvuelven las tramas alrededor de la lucha entre los ángeles y los demonios.
Jun 11, 2014 Dxarmbar06 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal read and apparently a national treasure in France. The French speaking world is so much more literate than the trite English speaking world. Has that "thing." People looking for a certain type of literature know what that "thing" is.
Maria Beltrami
Classicamente francese, ammiccante a Dumas e Hugo, irrestibilmente umoristico, divinamente sulfureo, eppure profondo nella sua perspicace analisi del bene e del male e dei rispettivi rapporti.
Ma come ho potuto trascurare sin'ora Anatole France?
Nancy Burns
Aug 08, 2015 Nancy Burns rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
#AngelsWithAttitude - no ethereal lightness in this book!

Here is my review:
Brent Buell
Mar 29, 2013 Brent Buell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. It turns the world of religion upside down. It was part of the inspiration for my novel RAPTUROUS.
Salome Popiashvili
There's not a lot of book I'm enjoying but this one was good. It is refined, nicely moderated and tasteful work, and of course story line is perfectly formulated.
There was one think I consider interesting and it was the idea of demons facilitation of human kinds development.
I think Anatole France was inspired by John milton's Lost Heaven because as I remember there (Lost Heaven) is really inspiring part, where devil is thinking about why he choose this way, he choose freedom, free will and etc.
Feb 19, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
elegant, and very fun
Oct 17, 2016 MichaelK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion-fiction
In 1921, Anatole France was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1922, the Roman Catholic Church added all of his books to its Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Prohibited Books Index), which was only abolished in 1966. Nowadays, Anatole France is quite unknown in the English-speaking world: of his many books, only two are in print in English: The Gods Will Have Blood (1912), published by Penguin Classics, and The Revolt of the Angels (1914), published by Dover Thrift in 2015. Reading the latte ...more
Alessia Savi
Sep 14, 2013 Alessia Savi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mai farsi fregare dal titolo e dal nome dell'autore. E nemmeno da una prefazione di Saviano per un romanzo che - delle alte aspettative e pretese - non mantiene nulla. Se da un lato il nome dell'autore fa supporre a un fantasy con i crismi, siamo davanti al classico espediente narrativo in cui il fantastico cela abilmente (ma non troppo) le dinamiche politiche dell'epoca in cui vive l'autore. Alla già pesante prosa di fine Ottocento, tra salotti mondane, chanteause affabili e donne innamorate de ...more
la historia de una familia noble francesa, lustre iniciado por Alejandro Bussart DEspavieu, hombre de asuntos políticos y cuantiosa fortuna; según el texto, iniciador de la estirpe.
Alejandro DEspavieu confiaba en las virtudes de los libros y creó una biblioteca de trescientos sesenta mil volúmenes, dejando como misión familiar que cada vez que hubiese una publicación que indicara alguna importancia ya fuera en ciencias naturales, sociales, morales, políticas, religiosas y filosóficas, la parente
Aug 02, 2011 Demetrelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very original book with a neat writing and a nice flow that keeps you turning every page. What I especially liked was the description and building of characters. Each one was unique and has a specific role to play in the plot, a certain meaning for story that the writer wanted to convey. There were believers and nonbelievers, humans and angels alike, each one with their own story, very often a comical yet realistic one.

I generally liked how France interwines the polarization of religion vs. sc
Jan 15, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read straight through without pause, in a while. Well, without pausing for another book at any rate.
Engaging and entertaining, it is well worth the time spent. While not a comic novel, I did find several amusing bits in it, like the following: "From his earliest childhood, this young hopeful's sole concern with work had been considering how he might best avoid it, and it was through his remaining ignorant of the Ecole de Droit that he became a doctor of law and a bar
Nov 16, 2014 Andrada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
After the Divine Comedy, I suppose this is the complete opposite viewpoint and felt like a complete rejection of God in his Christian setting. It’s in a lot of ways contradictory(angels losing faith in itself is a rather amusing idea). Although I thought the premise was interesting and angels becoming revolutionaries in the anarchist/socialist fashion of the beginning of the 20th century was a welcome analogy, it ultimately felt much like an invective against absolute power as well as religion. ...more
Marcia Letaw
Mar 20, 2016 Marcia Letaw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-laureates
The Revolt of the Angels by Nobel laureate Anatole France is a novel that uses nonsense to expose nonsense and is therefore just one big slab of nonsense. I sorely regret the waste of time in reading it and caution those who have it on their to read shelf to pass on by.
Mar 07, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It tells a story that is very interesting imaginative yet believable. If your considering reading this book stop considering and start reading.
Minh Dũng
Jan 24, 2016 Minh Dũng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a funny history of western beliefs, of the cycle of good and bad
Jun 27, 2016 Luis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is alternately shockingly modern, and weirdly old-fashioned. I found it via a China Mieville list of socialist sci-fi/fantasy, and it fits his bill: realizing The Boss is corrupt, and wanting to fix it. That story is, of course, timeless. But the angels choosing Paris to launch their revolt? A library taking a central role? And a mid-book history monologue that would make Ayn Rand blush? All... perhaps somewhat more challenging for th modern reader. Still, I enjoyed it!
Nov 21, 2013 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I read this after hearing about the author and book from a variety of sources. On the surface, the novel is concerned with a group of fallen angels who wish to revolt against Heaven. Anatole France uses that premise, however, to showcase his skepticism about, well, pretty much everything. He highlights the ironies of history, art, religion, government, philosophy, society, and on and on. He satirizes anything that moves and does so with an impressive level of literary talent and flair.
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament."

Anatole France began his career as a poet and a journalist. In 1869, Le Parnasse Contemporain published one of his poems, La Part de Madeleine. In 1875, he sat on the committee which
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