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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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Terry
Mar 20, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars

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
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tyranus
Jan 07, 2016 tyranus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mutlak monarşinin yıkılıp yerine Cumhuriyetin kurulduğu Fransız Devrimi, tarihte kendi çocuklarını (devrimi yapanları) yiyen devrim olarak akıllarda yer edinmiştir. Ünlü-ünsüz, yoksul-aristokrat ayrımına bakılmaksızın bir yığın insanın giyotinle kurban edildiği bir kökten değişimdir. Lakin henüz emekleme çağında olan bu değişim, Cumhuriyetçilerin "hain arama" ve "içimizdeki düşmanlar" paranoyasıyla adeta bir kıyıma dönüşür. Kralı deviren Cumhuriyetçilerin uyguladığı baskı öyle bunaltıcı bir hal ...more
Richard Derus
May 25, 2013 Richard Derus rated it liked it
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
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Bruce
Jul 14, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Les dieux ont soif=, Anatole France
عنوان: خدایان تشنه اند؛ نویسسنده: آناتول فرانس؛ مترجم: کاظم عمادی؛ تهران، ابن سینا، 1337، در 254 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 19 م
همین ترجمه را در تهران، امیرکبیر، در سال 1345 در 264 ص؛ و سپس در سال 1391 در 247 ص و با شابک:9789640014691؛
و در سال 1394 انتشارات علمی فرهنگی در 376 صبا شابک: 9786001216497؛ انتشارت جامی نیز همین ترجمه را در سال 1363 منتشر کرده است

ترجمه های دیگران: محمدتقی غیاثی؛ تهران، سرو، 1363، در 363 ص، و سپس در تهران، فرهنگ جاوید،
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Vanessa
May 12, 2011 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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.

Alas
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Afxam
Dec 19, 2015 Afxam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history, french
I really enjoyed the book despite a not so perfectly translated version I had. It is meticulously detailed in describing people, their characteristics, opinions and behavior and also in describing locations. Though I find some statements a bit pretentious and not natural for that specific situation.

The similarity of people and the incidents throughout the time and place is unbelievable. While devouring every sentence, I was thinking of some people I knew who leaved in another country in another
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Jorge
Jan 05, 2015 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Zahra
Sep 26, 2012 Zahra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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ولسان حال ايفارست جاملين يتسائل عن :أيّ حقيقه؟
Carrie
Nov 07, 2007 Carrie rated it it was amazing
my greatest fears are:
1- sharks
2- being alive during the french revolution.

fear 2 was born of this book.
Keith
Jul 08, 2015 Keith rated it really liked it
Recommended to Keith by: Ron Maxwell
Shelves: fiction, 2011
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
Linh
Jul 19, 2015 Linh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
أسماء القناص
لأول مرة أقرأ كتاب وأنا أشعر أني أمقته بشدة، أعامله كشخص تسبب لي بالعديد من الإصابات في روحي.. أقرأه على مضض
وأنا أُحس بالنار تلتهب و تأكل رأسي.. الرواية هذه مرتبطة بذكرى سيئة من ماضي بعيد. للأسف الكتب الجيدة لو ارتبطت بذكرياتنا تُفسدها و نتحول تماما لشخوص تتبع انفعالاتها بشكل أهوج .. الكتاب لم يعجبني لأنني مُتطرفة في مشاعري و أنا حرُة في انفعالاتي تماما لكن بشكل عام أظن الكتاب يستحق شخص آخر يعطيه فرصة جيدة أفضل من الفرصة التي قدمتها له.. أظن شغفي يميل للأدب والفلسفة ولا أجدني مُنفتحة تماما على
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Carmen Takky
Mar 16, 2014 Carmen Takky rated it it was amazing
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
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Anna
Apr 02, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
'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
Michael David
Mar 20, 2016 Michael David rated it it was amazing
Even at a young age, I was already intrigued by France's Reign of Terror because it was one of the few documented instances of protracted anarchism. It also featured colorful leaders and anti-heroes in Marat, Danton, and Robespierre.

It was a very bloody and disorganized period while France was groping for both its own freedom and identity. It was also a revelatory time, in that it revealed people's true character.

The Gods Will Have Blood is a story set in this tortuous period in France. It has
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Cecilia
Jan 11, 2016 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Los dioses tienen sed" es un libro magnífico, desde su título hasta el epílogo. Ubicado durante la Revolución Francesa y en particular, en el período del Terror, con una prosa sencilla pero exquisita logra articular de modo único tres planos dispares: el histórico, el social y el individual.

En efecto, la novela es histórica y tiene en cuenta los hitos y figuras principales de esta etapa así como también las ideas filosóficas imperantes, pero está narrada desde la vida cotidiana de personajes me
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Laura
Dec 31, 2015 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philippe
Free download in French available at Faded Page.
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Sono molto costernata dall'apprendere che Anatole France è stato praticamente dimenticato. Le ristampe dei suoi libri sono come mosche bianche, nonostante in vita abbia avuto un grande successo e nel 1921 abbia pure vinto il Nobel per la letteratura. Era anche un autore “pericolosamente” ateo, visto che la Chiesa cattolica mise all'indice la sua intera produzione letteraria.

L'oblio pare davvero una sorte ingrata per chi i
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Soha
Aug 21, 2015 Soha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
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
Erik
Jul 19, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing
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
Alanseinfeld
Mar 11, 2016 Alanseinfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written, readable and engrossing book, considering the bloody back-drop of The Terror. The reader is drawn inexorably along, to witness Gamelin's rise and inevitable fall. The madness of the times and of the people, is captured remarkably well by France, whose easy, descriptive style sits the reader amidst the characters' and their troubles. A fascinating glimpse into an horrific chapter of history. Highly recommend.
Javous
Jun 08, 2016 Javous rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, history
Các hung thần lên cơn khát (Les dieux ont soif) là một trong những truyện kể hay nhất về Cách mạng Pháp. Một tác phẩm kinh điển khác về đề tài này là A Tale of Two Cities của Charles Dickens. Nhưng khác ở chỗ, cuốn của Dickens trải rộng từ 1775, thời tiền cách mạng, đến tuốt về sau này (thời nào quên rồi), còn cuốn của Anatole France xoáy sâu vào thời kỳ Khủng bố (La Terreur), khi phái Jacobin của Robespierre cầm quyền, lê máy chém chém nhau rất kinh. Bìa bản tiếng Việt là bức tranh mô tả đoạn c ...more
Howard
Dec 31, 2015 Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: europe
The story is set in 1793 during the Reign of Terror of the French revolution. It was written in 1912. Aspiring Artist, 29 year old, Evarite Gamelin is persuaded to become a judge on the civilian court presiding over threats to the revolution (Marats/federalists). He has a girlfriend Elodie, who gradually loves him the more as he turns more ruthless. There are many side characters who come under his scrutiny like Brotteaux the doll maker and, Longuemare the priest. A ruthless, plot driven and dis ...more
Juliet
Dec 27, 2014 Juliet rated it liked it
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
Mike
Mar 10, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-owned
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
Mauro
Jun 21, 2016 Mauro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dizem ser a obra-prima de Anatole France, escrita na maturidade (ele contava 68 anos). Ele não é mais um socialista cego, mas ainda tem uma óbvia admiração pela moral liberal; não é mais tão ferrenhamente anticlerical, mas ainda coloca a religião (a católica) do outro lado do seu muro.

A narrativa, que tem um quê do preciosismo de Flaubert, arrasta-se um pouco - mas é o necessário para que a transformação da personagem central aconteça de maneira verossímil. Há muito contraste na escolha dos adj
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Chris Watson
Jul 28, 2009 Chris Watson rated it really liked it
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.

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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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