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The Gods Will Have Blood

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  925 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Published in 1912, when Anatole France was sixty-eight, The Gods Will Have Blood is the story of Gamelin, an idealistic young artist appointed as a magistrate during the French Revolution. Gamelin's ideals lead him to the most monstrous mass murder of his countrymen, and the links between Gamelin and his family, his mistress and the humanist Brotteaux are catastrophically ...more
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1912)
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What happens when we let an idea, an ideal of what humanity ought to be, perhaps even a good one of what it could be, consume us? What happens when the idea becomes more important than the people it is meant to represent? What happens when this idea becomes a god to be worshipped blindly and that god thirsts for human blood in the name of necessity and perfection? Well, the answer is pretty self-evident I guess.

Anatole France’s The Gods will Have Blood aka The Gods are Athirst shows
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.625* of five

The Book Report: The journey through the Terror of the French Revolution made by artist Évariste Gamelin, aspiring bourgeois to Jacobin true believer to his inevitable fall after the Coup de Thermidor. One man's life journey explores the entire *amazing* and enthralling course of the defining break between the Old World Order and the New.

My Review: This book was a Book Circle read. Frederick Davies translated this work very ably, in that the prose is supple and muscular. T

--The Gods Will Have Blood

This historical novel was published in 1912 by the Nobel Prize winning author, Anatole France. It focuses on the events and psychology of participants in the Terror during the French Revolution. It has been translated into English under the titles The Gods Are Thirsty or The Gods Are Athirst. The main protagonist is Évariste Gamelin, a not very successful painter who lives with and with difficulty supports his widowed mother during this period of general physical deprivation. Gamelin is intensel ...more
Oh, I liked this. I really, really liked this. Nobel Prize winner Anatole France wrote this novel about the bloodiest years of the French Revolution (approximately 1793-1794) as seen through the eyes of ordinary citizens. One is a struggling painter and patriot named Evariste Gamelin. One is a former aristocrat and tax collector named Maurice Brotteaux who lives in the attic above Gamelin. One is virtuous and one is evil. One is kind and one is bloodthirsty. But who is who may surprise you.


Anatole France con un estilo elegante, a veces excesivamente elegante para nuestro tiempo, crea una novela cuyo telón de fondo es la Revolución Francesa de 1789. Anatole France acomete esta gran novela cuando contaba ya con 66 años de edad y contando una gran cantidad de información acerca de este evento que le da un nuevo rumbo a Europa, ya que desde niño leyó de primera mano muchos documentos y libros acerca de la Revolución Francesa, debido a que su padre tenía una librería con un vasto acerv
هذه الرواية تحفة تاريخية
لأول مره في حياتي اخاف من الثورة الفرنسيه
الثورة التي تقضي على ابناءها بالتخوين والهرطقة
ورجالها الذين يسفكون الدماء بحجة امتلاكهم الحقيقة
ولسان حال ايفارست جاملين يتسائل عن :أيّ حقيقه؟
my greatest fears are:
1- sharks
2- being alive during the french revolution.

fear 2 was born of this book.
Jul 08, 2015 Keith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Keith by: Ron Maxwell
Shelves: 2011, fiction
The phase of the French Revolution that has come to be known as "The Terror" is perhaps the most depressing stage of a popular revolution that began with the high ideals as Liberty, Equality and Fraternity and descended into the shadow of Madame Guillotine. Anatole France was once a very successful novelist, so much so that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. France was uniquely situated to write a great novel of the French Revolution. Born in 1844, his father owned a bookstore, calle ...more
Đọc về những người Jacobins mà sao thấy giống như những người Bolshevik và cộng sản thế. Lịch sử lặp lại hay những sự rồ dại nhân danh tiến bộ?
Carmen Takky
I rarely, no, I have never written a review on a book before. I never wanted to be placed in a position where I declare a book to be one of the best books I read, and only to be left with a feeling of disappointment and being cheated; in a good way; to find a better "Best" book. It is inevitable among readers.

But the only thought that filled my head as I leafed through the book, page after page, finishing it within hours while lying in bed, was that of me writing a review on this book.

Well I d
'The Gods Will Have Blood' distinguishes itself from other novels of French Revolution I've read by its fantastic level of cynicism. France's writing reveals the bitter ironies of the Terror, marshalling a fascinating cast of characters. At the centre of the narrative is Gamelin, an idealistic young artist who lives in an attic with his mother. He becomes part of the Revolutionary Tribunal and, as he sees it, fights to preserve the Revolution by sending traitors to their death. The major figures ...more
تدور الأحداث في باريس
سنة 1792، حوالي أربع سنوات من قيام الثورة الفرنسية.
الآلهة هنا هم الثوار ، ثوار تم اصباغ التمجيد و القدسية عليهم حد التأليه.
آلهى عطشى" لفرط تعطشها للدم."

عن التخبط و حالة تشتت ما بعد الثورة، إذ أن ما يسمى (جيش الجمهورية) محاصرا في مايينس، الفانديون استولوا علي فونتناي، عن ليون الثائرة و الحدود المفتوحة للأسبان و باريس الواقعة تحت مدافع النمساويين و عن المواطن العالق وسط كل هذا الضياع بلا مال أو خبز، و كيف قتلت الثورة التجارة و جوعت الشعب.

عن حقبة رعب ما بعد الثورة، عن ال(أنكوم
Anatole France does a stunning job in The Gods Will Have Blood showing the slow disintegration of the French Revolution into the Reign of Terror. Spanning the years 1792 to 1794, beginning after the Jacobins have effectively seized control, France attempts to understand the revolution through the effect it has on the people living it. His fictional protagonist Gamelin personifies the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the revolution itself. He begins as an idealistic republican. Although he has cut himse ...more
It took me quite a while before I found my footing in this novel. There are so many historical figures mentioned whom I didn't know. Robespierre, of course, I recognized, and the Queen / Marie Antoinette, but so many others who had something to do with the French Revolution or its aftermath were simply unknown to me. The Notes at the end occasionally elucidate who is who, but not very often. I gathered that the author was being satirical about these people, but not knowing their political positi ...more
While I'm sure this novel might appeal to those with a passion for the revolution or an interest in French history, I found it to be too straight-forward and predictable. We understand within fifty pages where this journey will end. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Plots with inevitable outcomes or characters who symbolize larger ideals can reveal universal truths or give us greater insight into the human condition. Unfortunately, France's insight isn't very extraordinary: lust for vengeance ...more
Julia Boechat Machado
Évariste Gamelin é ridículo, e se torna terrível.
A volúpia que Élodie sente ao pensar no cadafalso é fantástica.
Quanto à morte de Louis de Longuemare, de Marie-Athenaïs, de Jacques Maubel – o suposto amante de Élodie, penso no Marat/Sade, um dos melhores livros que já li, quando fala nos aristocratas que subiram ao cadafalso como se subissem ao trono – não é o cúmulo da depravação?
Chris Watson
An intelligent, subtle, touching, insightful book about the Jacobin Terror.
Gentle psychological exploration of why some men do evil and others do good.
Wonderful characters, subtle evocation of the times. Very delicate prose style.

خدایان تشنه اند
إلى الثورة الفرنسية، عن قرب، بعدسة روائي مفعم بالإنسانية مرهف الحس، يأخذك بإبداعه الأدبي إلى تفاصيل الأحداث الكبرى التي سمعت عنها في كتب التاريخ، يخترق بك الصورة التي التقطتها عدسة كتب التاريخ المتعالية على تلك التفاصيل البسيطة البالغة العمق، حيث تكمن الملائكة وتسكن الشياطين.

الرواية من إبداع رائد الأدب الفرنسي الكبير "أناتول فرانس" ومن ترجمة شيخ المترجمين العرب "عادل زعيتر" الذي نجح في نقل هذه التحفة الفريدة مع روحها العصية على أن تسري بلغة أخرى، إلى العربية، دون أن تفقد روحها وسرها، تلك المهمة
Czarny Pies
Aug 13, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Czarny by: Marcel Proust
Shelves: french-lit
Ce roman qui est tres bien écrit et qui exprime un point de vue avec lequel je suis en accord m'a laissé un peu froid. La raison est que le protagonist est une ordure. Quand a la fin, il subit le sort qu'il mérite le lecteur, comme l'auteur meme, on est bien content.

L'intrigue se déroule à Paris pendant la revolution francaise au moment ou le Terreur est a son sommet. Le heros, Evariste Gamelin, est un revolutionnaire fervent. Dans sa vie personnelle, il a des bons et des mauvais cotés. C'est u
Anna C
This book is a perfect example of why I don't believe in translated literature. "The Gods are Athirst" has the potential to be a chilling and profound book, but I read a dusty old copy from before my grandparent's time. I'm guessing my copy predates the day when people realized that translated literature should still retain the beauty of the original? Based on the syntax and word choice, I'm assuming my copy did a practically word-for-word translation from the French. Every sentence is clunky, a ...more
Chambllion Zores
منذ اكثر من مائة عام وبالتحديد في عام 1912 نشر الكاتب العظيم الحائز على جائز نوبل للاداب اناتول فرانس روايته الرائعة "الالهة عطشى" ، هذه الرواية التي ترجع بنا الى فترة الثورة الفرنسية ليجسد الكاتب عمل ادبي فريد واصفا فيه صورة الارهاب الثوري الذي ساد في فترة الثورة والحالة الاجتماعية في تلك الفترة ، هذا العمل الذي ينبثق منه نظرة اناتول فرانس مناهضته للثورات واراقة الدماء والحروب والقتل باسم الثورة فهو المحب للسلام والمناهض للحروب، تتناول الرواية تحليل لشخصيات المجتمع الفرنسي التي ظهرت اثناء الثور ...more
Historically speaking, The Gods Will Have Blood is one of the most accurate novels about the French Revolution. There are no idyllic heroes, no swashbuckling adventures, or anything which was exactly interesting. What we have here is a novel which clings to historical context and accuracy. As such, readers are introduced to normal characters who bear all the weight of mundanity and regularity that was to be had during the French Revolution. Basically, the characters are just normal people in the ...more
Quite simply a masterpiece of ideas. Evariste Gamelin with the soul of an artist and enlivened with idealism at the French Revolution succumbs to the lure of zealotry as the revolutionaries set about taking care of business with a string of kangeroo courts. Appointed as a magistrate he faces difficult decisions as his vested interests are challenged and former friends appear before him. Tossed on the tide of shifting public opinion he finds events soon overtake his ascendancy. Meanwhile, his lov ...more
I liked this book. Especially that the author describes quite well the change between the beginning of the revolution, how it converged into terror (the fact that there's a quite "natural" progression and not a sudden change) and then finally to the end of the Convention, without describing the next period of the French Revolution as something "better". The writing was a bit tiresome, the characters were not very appealing to me, although the protagonist, Évariste,is quite interesting, but mainl ...more
Sally Tarbox
Chilling tale of one Evariste Gamelin, a poor artist in revolutionary Paris. On the one hand he shows humanity: caring for his old mother, willing to give up his bread allowance to a starving woman, and jealously devoted to the lovely Elodie.
But his blind following of the Republic soon becomes apparent:
'We must put our trust in Robespierre; he is incorruptible. Above all we must trust in Marat. He is the one who really loves the people...he's not only incorruptible; he is without fear. He alone
Earl Solper
Sep 03, 2011 Earl Solper rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romantics
Shelves: miscellaneous
In most historical fiction, the time period functions merely as a exotic backdrop. The name of every famous figure from the setting (within a decade or two)pops up, as the author name-drops to demonstrate a mastery of history (gleaned from Wikipedia). However, there is no real sense of immersion -- Renaissance Italy could be replaced by Victorian England or Feudal Japan simply by changing few names. The characters still behave as modern characters with modern prejudices pursuing modern relations ...more
Kelli Wilson
A chilling tale set during the France's (the country, not the author) Reign of Terror, this novel shows the reader what can happen when good ideas go off the rails, or when people are willing to put ideology ahead of their sanity and, more importantly, their humanity. It is also an interesting glimpse into what the rest of Paris was doing during this time period, because the majority of them were not sending people to the guillotine. Despite the "blood" mentioned in the title, this novel is not ...more

Bits I liked:
"Evariste stood gazing at her with a grave expression which conveyed deep love more strongly than any smile could."

"He wanted to speak but could not find words, and reproached himself for this inadequacy which was preferred by Eloide to the most eloquent of welcomes."

"Freedom from sin is more often than not a piece of good fortune rather than a virtue."

The Tribunal, forcing itself to follow the rules of procedure, waited as patiently as it could till all the formalities were co
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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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