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The Revolt of the Angels

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Anatole France was a Nobel Prize laureate; The Revolt of the Angels is ample evidence of his worthiness.

An angel, Arcade, leaves heaven, comes to earth, uses his invisibility to steal books from a library to study science and philosophy, after which he joins a host of fallen brethren with plans to overthrow god whom he views as not understanding the true nature of the univ
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published 1928 by JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD (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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Con Bé Ki
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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cuốn sách hay nhất của Anatole France
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
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
Nancy Burns
#AngelsWithAttitude - no ethereal lightness in this book!

Here is my review:
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.
Brent Buell
One of my favorite books. It turns the world of religion upside down. It was part of the inspiration for my novel RAPTUROUS.
elegant, and very fun
Alessia Savi
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
Joe Toledo
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
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
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
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
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.
Javier Sanjuan
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.
It tells a story that is very interesting imaginative yet believable. If your considering reading this book stop considering and start reading.
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
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.
Angel Lara
"Bien Mamalón"
Otra maravilla de Anatole France.
Maria Grazia
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?
this was an exciting and hilarious potboiler about a conspiratorial scheme by the angels to start a new war. like all good satire, it takes stabs at everything from revolutions to love, from society to conscience.
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Mike Ward
fascinating a 'clever' satire on the French Republic and religion - full review here
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is very unique, especially when you think of the time when it was written and the story itself is completely extraordinary.
Elí Cuéllar
Ameno, bonito, bien escrito, pero nada novedoso para un ateo típico del siglo XXI.
Dan Herman
Haven't finished it yet but what fun this is! France won the Nobel way way way back.
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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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