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The Roots of Heaven

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  473 ratings  ·  38 reviews
"Well, I finally got an idea. When he fails, do like me: think about free elephant ride through Africa for hundreds and hundreds of wonderful animals that nothing could be built - either a wall or a fence of barbed wire - passing large open spaces and crush everything in its path, and destroying everything - while they live, nothing is able to stop them - what freedom and! ...more
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Published June 1958 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1956)
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Carmo Santos

3.5*

O percurso de um homem que fez da defesa dos elefantes a sua cruzada, que tinha carisma suficiente para mobilizar gente à sua volta e criar um movimento que provocou uma onda de agitação que varreu continentes e granjeou simpatia e admiração pela sua obstinação. Rodeou-se de um grupo de gente de coração infeliz, desiludidos com a vida, ou ruídos pelo remorso. Enterraram-se no continente Africano, ou porque sentiam afinidade com a causa, ou pela necessidade de encontrar um sentido para a vida
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Elephants are edible. Strangely, however, I have never taken part in the eating of one, whether as a direct participant or a mere spectator, I who have eaten dogs, bats, monitor lizards, birds, snakes, and other reptiles. Not even on TV, on that show by the bald American who says if it looks good, eat it.

In fact, prior to this book, I didn't know that some people eat elephant meat. And after I was done reading, I still did not know what is elephant meat called, like pork is to pig.

Morel. That's
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Maughn Gregory
I found this novel at our town's library sale and it was one of my luckiest finds ever, because I didn't know the book or the author, it's been out of print a long time (published in 1956), and it's one of the best books I've read in years. The story is compelling: Holocaust survivor misfits campaigning to save the African elephant, first by petition and argumentation, then by selective violence, in Post-WW2 Chad, who are themselves exploited, hunted and/or aided by African nationalists, Europea ...more
Deb W
I don't read books again, because there are just too many books I want to read and so little reading time that remains. This book, if I were to read a book again, it would be this book.
Jonathan
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Cet ouvrage est le premier roman de Romain Gary à avoir obtenu le Prix Goncourt. Un livre incroyable, qui m’a accaparé pendant un moment. J’ai beaucoup aimé, même si ce n’est pas mon préféré de Gary. Ecrit en 1956. Gary est encore un jeune auteur. Mais on voit déjà apparaître son cynisme, ses analyses fines de personnes, ses réflexions sur le sens de la vie, tous ces aspects que j’adore d’autant plus dans ses romans suivants, en particulier dans les man
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Ludmilla
Yarısına kadar geldim kitabın ama çok ara verdiğimden ve hikayenin içine bir türlü giremediğimden bıraktım. Sonra tekrar okuyacağım.
James
"Ever since dawn the track had followed the hillside across a tangle of bamboos and elephant grass in which the horse and rides sometimes disappeared entirely; then the Jesuit's head would reappear above the yellow sea, with his big bony nose set above virile and smiling lips, and with those piercing eyes that carried in them far more suggestion of limitless horizons than of the pages of a breviary."

Thus opens Romain Gary's brilliant novel of passion and freedom; the passion of a man, Morel, for
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Sara Shakouri
Jul 14, 2015 Sara Shakouri marked it as dropped-to-read-later  ·  review of another edition
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دسترسی به متن انگلیسی ندارم و فرانسه هم بلد نیستم، ولی فارسی کتاب واقعا بده. نثرش پر از دست اندازه و توی همین سی صفحه ای که خوندم، حداقل دو تا جمله طولانی بود که فعلش گم شده بود. ناشر محترم هم که طبق معمول زحمت ویراستاری رو به خودش نداده بود.
Elide Molinai
Non è un libro semplice. Viene spesso descritto come il primo romanzo a tema ambientalista, ma la verità è che dietro l'accavallarsi e il compenetrarsi degli eventi - a volte in maniera così stretta da rendere la linea temporale un gomitolo sfatto -, dietro le pieghe della narrazione, emerge una selva di contraddizioni, di giochi di luci e ombre, di vite, che mascherano abilmente il senso di ciò che accade.
Morel e i suoi, a dispetto dell'apparente ingenuità, punteggiano l'orizzonte africano con
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~Calyre~
- Vous pouvez vous les fourrez quelque part, vos éléphants, avait gueulé le Révérend Père avec une grandeur de vision incontestable.

Il ferait beaucoup mieux de défendre un animal qui était encore plus menacé d'extinction dans le cœur des hommes, c'est-à-dire le Bon Dieu !

- Il me laissa gueuler, et puis il eut une espèce de sourire. "Ça se peut, curé, mais dis-moi, qu'est-ce qui t'empêche de signer? C'est pas ton âme qu'on te demande. C'est seulement une signature. Tout ce que je veux, c'est qu'o
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rosshalde
Romain Gary'nin Emile Ajar takma adı ile yazdığı romanların uslübunu daha çok sevdiğimi fark ettim. Cennetin Köklerini okumadan önce hakkında sadece Goncourt akademi ödülünü aldığını ve holocaust romanı olduğunu duymuştum. O yüzden daha farklı bir roman bekliyordum ama karşılaştığım şeyi de sevdim.

Romanın ana karakteri Morel 2. dünya savaşında toplama kamplarında Afrika'daki filleri hayal ederek, onları düşünerek yaşama tutunmuş birisi. Olayın bu kısmından çok karakterin Afrika'ya gidip filler i
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Vincent
Immense roman, premier roman écologique.

Dieu que j'aime Gary ! J'aime son lyrisme jamais niais, j'aime son humanisme, j'aime son style simple, sa langue pure. Et quel histoire ! Suivre Morel, cet homme devenu à moitié Amok (ou pas), cherchant à sauver les éléphants au-delà de la basse politique que Gary nous décrit avec une ironique délectation. Rien n'a changé, pas même les acteurs du drame : 60 après ils sont toujours là.

Stephen
Beaucoup trop long. Il y a des chapitres entiers qui se répètent presque mot pour mot. C'est comme si Gary ne faisait pas confiance au lecteur de comprendre son message écologiste (quoiqu'il serait difficile de faire moins subtil...) et veut le marteler la tête pendant 500 pages. Il sait écrire, mais pas comment structurer un roman.
Piperitapitta
Millesimo libro inserito nella mia biblioteca aNobiiana.
Non poteva essere che un titolo di uno degli autori che amo di pi e che ho imparato a conoscere e ad amare proprio qui su aNobii.

Altri mille di questi libri a me! :-)
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Marc
Prachtig verhaal van de strijd van een Franse idealist, Morel, in het zuiden van Tsjaad tegen de olifantenjacht. De olifant staat daarbij allegorisch voor de menselijke waardigheid die bedreigd wordt door de westerse moderniteit, die nu ook Afrika dreigt aan te steken. Rond Morel circuleren een heleboel andere, boeiende, want helemaal niet eenduidige, figuren. Daarbij getuigt vooral de zwarte évolué Waïtari van het profetisch vermogen van Gary. Ook boeiend is de holocaust-achtergrond van Morel, ...more
Amerynth
I really liked Romain Gary's "The Roots of Heaven" even though I found the book to be a tough, slow read. (Possibly due to translation issues, but maybe that's just the way it was written.)

The story, set in French Equatorial Africa in the waning days of colonialism follows Morel whose self-proclaimed goal is to save the elephants from extinction. What that goal means to the numerous people around him varies -- is it a political statement, a push to fight French colonialism or something more?

Whil
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Guillaume Frasca
Une superbe narration au service d'un formidable récit, au carrefour de l'histoire africaine et occidentale, avec pour toile de fond les splendeurs des paysages d'Afrique et de leurs éléphants...
Ahmadreza
شخصیتپردازی داستان عالی بود؛ مخصوصن برای مینا و مورل. نقطهی عطفش گفتگوهای مینا با قاضی بود. با کمال احترام نسبت به مترجم، متأسفانه ترجمهی کتاب بد بود و ترکیبهای اشتباه و جملات در هم بر هم که حتا بهنظرم خود مترجم هم گاهی نفهمیده بود چی ترجمه کرده، در سرتاسر داستان آزارم میداد. با اینحال داستان اینقدر خوب بود که حتا ترجمهی ضعیف آقای عدنانی هم نتونسته بود خرابش کنه. ...more
Deanne
Felt sorry for Morel and his innocence, his crusade to save the elephants from the big game hunters and the natives comes from events in his own history. His heart is in the right place but he doesn't have any concept of what is going on around him. Romain goes into the politics of Morel's actions and those involved in his story, the background of the characters is explained and we're told what happens to them after the events.
It's a story of it's time, a period of world history I'm not famillia
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Diana
Съжалявам, но името на един автор не винаги е запазена марка за качеството на написаното от него.
Може би в друго време, в кротката следпенсионна възраст, ще й дам втори шанс. Животът обаче е твърде кратък, за да го пилея с мудна книга, в която нищо не се случва и няма нито един силен и запомнящ се образ.
Надявам се слоновете да продължат да оцеляват и без моето съчувствие. Красивите пейзажи на Гари са абсолютно недостатъчна примамка, за да изчопля в себе си желанието за още страници.
Maroussia
Ce n'est pas mon livre préféré de Romain Gary, il nous fait voyager très loin en Afrique comme si on y était, il parle très bien de la solitude, de l'écologie, de la nature, de l'humanité, mais lire autant de pages sur une pétition est un peu long, je sais que le sujet est plus ample que les éléphants, mais finalement je me suis tout de même lassée.. Ce n'est pas grave, il reste encore La Promesse de l'aube ou encore Clair de Femme à lire ou à relire!
Sepehr
محشر!
فستیوالی که همهی درونمایهها و فهرمانهای رومن گاری - از لنی گاری کوپر گرفته تا رزا در زندگی پیش رو و پارتیزانهای Nothing important ever dies - در آن حاضرند و خوش میدرخشند.
مدتها بود زمان به این بلندی نخوانده بود و داستان آنفدر کشش داشت که ترجمهی افتضاح عدنانی را تا آخر تحمل کنم.
وافعا ترحمه ضعیفی است که در کنار غلطهای بیشمار نگارشی باور این را که کتاب را نشر ثالث چاپ کرده مشکل میکند!
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Piperitapitta
Millesimo libro inserito nella mia biblioteca aNobiiana.
Non poteva essere che un titolo di uno degli autori che amo di pi e che ho imparato a conoscere e ad amare proprio qui su aNobii.

Altri mille di questi libri a me! :-)
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Amene
فیل ها بهانه اند، انسانیت در خطر است.
«روزی خواهد رسید که مردم در بازار به دنبال قرص، شربت و آمپول انسانیت می گردند.»
نقل از کتاب.
رمان حواشی و پرداخت هایی مشابه رمان دیگر همین نویسنده به نام "تولیپ" دارد. همان پامبرگونگی شصخیت اصلی و دغدغه های مرتبط با آینده ی انسانیت و رفتارهای آدمیان.
خواندنش طولانی و وقت گیر اما تلنگرهایش سهمگین است!
Andreea
I didn't really enjoy this book. Not so much because of the story but because of the author's way of writing it. The only reason i read it all was because it was for school. I rarely give up on a book and even though it wasn't my favorite the plot was still interesting and I was curious to know how it was going to end.
Avital
Romain Gary was probably one of the first writers who dedicated a book to saving nature. In this book he tells about a group of people going to Africa and how they try to save the elephants from extinction.
Edouard
“Les gens se sentent tellement seuls et abandonnés, qu'ils ont besoin de quelque chose de costaud, qui puisse vraiment tenir le coup. Les chiens, c'est dépassé, les hommes ont besoin des éléphants.”
Mohsen
يکي از زيباترين کتابهايي بود که در يکي دو سال گذشته خواندهام. داستان بهقدري زيبا بود که حتي ترجمهي بسيار بد و ناهموار کتاب هم نتوانسته بود از زيبايي و جذابيت آن بکاهد. ...more
Se84
This was my favorite novel from about age eighteen to twenty. Which should be taken to mean all that it implies. Still, you have to love this guy.
Kenneth
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Romain Gary was a Jewish-French novelist, film director, World War II aviator and diplomat. He also wrote under the pen name Émile Ajar.

Born Roman Kacew (Yiddish: קצב, Russian: Кацев), Romain Gary grew up in Vilnius to a family of Lithuanian Jews. He changed his name to Romain Gary when he escaped occupied France to fight with Great Britain against Germany in WWII. His father, Arieh-Leib Kacew, ab
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