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Empire of the Ants (La Saga des Fourmis #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  5,732 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
Here is the stunning international bestseller in the tradition of Watership Down but with a dark, original twist. Unique, daring, and unforgettable, it tells the story of an ordinary family who accidentally threaten the security of a hidden civilization as intelligent as our own--a colony of ants determined to survive at any cost....

Jonathan Wells and his young family have
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 1999 by Bantam (first published 1991)
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John Lee
Apr 30, 2012 John Lee rated it it was amazing
I found this book on my father's bookshelves when I was 7 years old(which was the time that I loved reading some short stories,) and read the first page of it. I couldn't control my body; I couldn't stop my hands from flipping the pages; I couldn't stop my brain to stop reading this book.The only thing I can say about this book is.... nothing. It cannot close my wide-opened mouth. It is very astonishing. And about the author, too. Bernard Werber always loved ants, and he always tried to find out ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Ibrahim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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مازلت مندهش من هذه الرواية. وصدمتني نهايتها كذلك وحمستني لأقصى حد أن أكمل قراءة الثلاثية
في بعض الأحيان أكاد ألمس روعة الإبداع والفكرة التي يكتب بها المؤلف. كهذه الرواية كان الابداع ملموس

إذا اردتم شيء مختلف/علمي/فلسفي/مشوق فأنصح الجميع بقراءة هذا النوع من الأدب

قرأتها عن ترجمة دار المدى

Ignacio Senao f
Jan 21, 2017 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Guala! Vaya libro diferente.

Werber es entomólogo y quería dar a conocer sus estudios de las hormigas y encima tenía ansias de idear y narrar. Pues salió esta joya de papel difícil de encontrar.

Hay dos historias. La primera nos cuenta como una familia hereda una casa de un famoso entomólogo, su sótano está cerrado, nadie puede entrar. Al conseguir entrar, todo el mundo que penetre desaparecerá, ¿qué hay ahí?

EL segundo arco narrativo trata de hormigas, sus conquistas, relaciones, monstruos, luch
Dan Murphy
Mar 25, 2011 Dan Murphy rated it liked it
Here is a case of two distinct stories foolishly—and needlessly—bound together. The one that deals with ants is truly eye-opening. At first I suspected Mr. Werber (a Frenchie) of severely embellishing some of the attributes given to the ant species discussed: their incessant warfare with each other, their proclivity for farming, and their ability to engage in sophisticated communication, dare I say language. It turns out the author was only slightly exaggerating. The other story, the one with hu ...more
Katie Lynn
Mar 12, 2010 Katie Lynn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
LOVED this book! Would read it again. Not for the story as much for the introspection.

Too many good quotes, but here is one...
"Nature, with all due respect to Mr. Darwin, does not evolve in the direction of the supremacy of the best (according to which criteria, anyway!). Nature draws its strength from diversity. It needs all kinds of people--good, bad, mad, desperate, sporty, bed-ridden, hunch-backed, hare-lipped, happy, sad, intelligent, stupid, selfish, generous, small, tall, black, yellow, r
Jul 11, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
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Fascinating and thought-provoking. Werber's depictions of ant communication and pattern-making are at once magical and grounded in what's scientifically known about them. I can't imagine anyone reading this book and not feeling altered in their perception of the ground they're walking on and just how alive it is. Ants are equal in biomass, on a planetary scale, to humans. For each one of us there are millions of them. If you see an anthill it means you are most likely standing above several hund ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Citizen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lequel d’entre vous, n’a pas souhaité de vivre une expérience unique dans un monde différent et plus passionnant que le notre ? Moi au moins j’avais ce désir et Bernard Werber m’a réalisé ce rêve. Vivre dans le monde des fourmis!

La cité Bel-O-Kan (50 étages sous le sol et 50 au-dessus du sol) c’est là où j’ai vécu mon expérience pendant dix jours. Le jour je rencontre les Belokaniennes, et le soir, elles viennent me rendre visite dans mes rêves.

Bernard Werber a réussi de faire du jeune mâle 3
Jul 11, 2014 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Mixed emotions about this book:

> The ants' empire: outstanding; is like seeing a documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough who, somehow, managed to infiltrate himself into the ants' life and became one of them.

> The human part: not convincing, shallow, lots of gaps.

Yes, the human characters are secondary, still, they are really laughable. Especially in the end... Not the technology part (which was a brilliant idea, but their choice). Edmond (the entomologist uncle, after whose death t
رشيد الرشيد
كانت اول تجربة في روايات الخيال العلمي ... حيث كانت الرحلة في التعرف علي عالم النمل ومدي التقارب الفعلي بين حياة المجتمع "النملي " وبين حياة المجتمع " البشري " .. تعرفت خلالها علي عدة عوامل جعلت من النمل أحدي أهم الكائنات التي أستطاعت مقاومة الظروف القاسية التي فرضتها الطبيعة .. وكيف انه تكييف معاها و أنسجم مع كل الكائنات المتصارعة معه كالأرضة و الدبابير و النحل ... فعلاً ... عالم الحشرات عالم أذكي ويوزاي في ذكائه عالم البشر ولكن بمعايير مختلفة .
Бранимир Събев
Хммм! Иновативно, и много добро! Дами и господа, нека ви представя Бернар Вербер, французин, писател и ентомолог. Завършил журналистика и криминология, според немалко класации най-четеният френски писател във Франция и Русия. Книги, издадени в над 15 млн екземпляра и преведени на 30 езика. Но за какво става въпрос в първата книга от трилогията за Мравките?

Те са един милиард милиарда. Ние едва ги забелязваме, те обаче ни дебнат отдавна. За някои от тях сме богове. За други - злотворни същества. С
Simona Stoica
Aug 20, 2015 Simona Stoica rated it really liked it

„Natura îşi extrage forţa din diversitate. Are nevoie de buni, de răi, de nebuni, de disperaţi, de sportivi, de infirmi, de cocoşaţi, de handicapaţi, de veseli, de trişti, de inteligenţi, de imbecili, de egoişti, de generoşi, de mici, de mari, de negri, de galbeni, de piei-roşii, de albi... Are nevoie de toate religiile, toate filozofiile, toate fanatismele, toate înţelepciunile... Singura primejdie e ca una din aceste categorii să nu fie eliminată de
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Domnule Bernard Werber, mă înclin cu umilință în fața măiestriei cu care ai redat fascinanta lume a furnicilor!

Vorbeam cu un prieten afumați fiind de grătar și ceva alcool bine înfipt într-o pălincă, pardon, ambrozie veche de 35 de ani despre romanul lui Werber, iar acesta observa că scriitorul a redat mult mai bine și mai real lumea furnicilor decât pe cea a oamenilor. Subscriu întru totul.

Adam Calhoun
Apr 03, 2010 Adam Calhoun rated it it was ok
What a strange book. It is essentially 250 pages of ant fanfic, which is why it gets as many stars as it does. First off, it's poorly written (or translated, but probably it's the original writing that's the problem). Half the book is essentially a dumb and completely uninteresting "sideplot" containing a bunch of humans exploring a mysterious basement. It contains no character development and no reason for us to care about the characters. Also, the book makes tons of uncomfortable references to ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Carmen rated it did not like it
The author of this book deserves a crown of ridiculousness for the bizarre ending that he created. Watership Down it is most definitely not, though the comparisons pop up frequently. But Watership Down was a great book with real emotion, and Werber's book is uneven with a preposterous resolution.

I have no doubt that the author knew his ant and insect societies. He seems to have not known humans well at all because the human world he created is so fraught with absurdity that it is impossible to
Jun 24, 2015 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quelle aventure inclassable, empruntant des tours et des détours scientifiques, documentaires ou épiques, tout en flirtant avec le genre du thriller, unique en son genre, avec tension psychologique, scène cauchemardesque et description gore.

J'ai toutefois préféré “la partie humaine” de l'intrigue (le mystère de la cave) au détriment des bestioles qui tombent vite dans une routine et enflamment de moins en moins notre imaginaire, passée l'originalité du début.

Ma curiosité ayant été piquée au vif
ანი ჩახნაშვილი
კი არ წავიკითხე, ჩავყლაპე :3 ჭიანჭველებს მთელი ცხოვრება სხვა თვალით უნდა ვუყურო ახლა :დ
May 11, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ეს რა წაიკითხეს ჩემმა თვალებმა :ო
ალბათ, ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე უფრო შთამბეჭდავი წიგნია, რაც აქამდე წამკითხავს, რასაც წავიკითხავ სანამ ცოცხალი ვარ და ასე შემდეგ
Jul 17, 2009 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a LONG time ago in French and an even LONGER time ago in English, so I'm not going to try to give a review. Let's just say - this book is AMAZING! This may sound weird, but it's one of those books that just makes you want to go out and be an entomologist. This may not sound like a good thing, but it is. Because, in the beginning of the book, it's possible you could care less about ants. By the end, ants will be all that matter. And years later, when you see an ant, you will look ...more
Мария Шикова
Удивителна книга! През цялото време на прочета паралелно изплуваха спомени от ранното ми детство, моят дядо увлекателно ми разказваше за мравките, пчелите, растенията, животните, историята...той беше първият ми просветител! Пак от същото време, може би под впечатлението от думите на дядо ми за мравуняците, съм си мислела, че и хората са малки същества, които се наблюдават от разни великани... Така, тази книга остави в мен едно много особено и мило усещане. Винаги съм наблюдавала с интерес малкит ...more
-Entretenidísima curiosidad.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Jonathan Wells recibe un apartamento, con un enorme sótano, como herencia de su tío Edmond, un científico con cuyo trabajo exacto no estaba muy familiarizado Jonathan y que deja un inquietante mensaje a su sobrino en una carta: “Sobre todo no ir nunca a la bodega”. Bel-o-kan es un hormiguero de cien niveles y cabeza de una joven federación de 65 ciudades que son la potencia dominante en el bosque de Fontainebleau y cuyos hab
Don't kill any more ants!!
This book is worth learning French to read. Honestly. It had me worrying for the fate of an ant by page 40! Fascinating swap of perspectives, and hair-raising cliff-hanger ending. I have the 3rd book in this trilogy, but am anxiously waiting to get the 2nd from the library!

Ne tuez plus de fourmis !
Ce livre vaut la peine d'apprendre le français pour le lire. Vraiment. Il m'a fait soucier pour le destin d'une fourmi avant la 40e page ! Changement impressionnant de points
Apr 15, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
As someone else wrote, there are sort of two parts to the book, one part about ants and the other about humans. They do come together at the end, but the ant portion is far superior to the human portion. The book is flat out pretty weird but I consider that a good thing. I have to say I enjoyed it and will remember it for a long time to come. Some of the descriptions about ant sex are also just hilarious.
Beka Adamashvili
Aug 17, 2015 Beka Adamashvili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ამის შემდეგ, სადაც ჭიანჭველას დავინახავ, სულ სხვანაირად აღვიქვამ უკვე. იმედია, ვინმე ბუზებზე და კოღოებზეც არ დაწერს რამე მსგავსს და კიდევ უფრო იმედია, რომ ამ კარგი წიგნის შემდეგი ნაწილები კიდევ უკეთესი იქნება.

პ.ს: ასანთის ექვსი ღერით ოთხი ტოლფერდა სამკუთხედის მიღების გამოცანას თუ თქვენით ამოხსნით, უფრო დიდი სიამოვნება იქნება. მე სულსწრაფი აღმოვჩნდი.
Христо Блажев
Бернар Вербер разкрива водещата земна цивилизация – мравешката…

Какъв удар по човешкото его! Една друга цивилизация властва от древни времена над планетата, тя ще и надживее с милиони години краха на нашата – това са мравките.
Jan 22, 2015 Ömer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Karıncalar çok güzeldi. Kitabı kesinlikle okuyun, ama bu edisyonundan değil. Çeviri rezalet! Kitabın yorumu için:
Dec 29, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Love the perspectives.
May 09, 2013 ياسمين rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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روعة ..و بس .....!!!!
Hamad Almusallam
Feb 18, 2015 Hamad Almusallam rated it it was amazing
رواية جبارة غير عادية

ولأن الكلمات لن توفيها حقها..
Петър Панчев
Скритата цивилизация на мравките
Цялото ревю тук:

Не е лесно да се възприеме (особено от човек), че човечеството все още има доста трески за дялкане, за да достигне някакъв по-висш етап от своето развитие, който да го постави начело на многобройните цивилизации, живеещи от стотици милиони години на планетата Земя. Съпоставката на човешката с някои други такива цивилизации е в полза на... другите. Не вярвате ли? Човечеството притежава оръжие, което може да
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Bernard Werber's "Ants" trilogy made him one of France's most popular science fiction novelists in the 90s. Werber began studying journalism in 1982 in Paris, where he discovered the work of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. In 1991 he published the novel Les Fourmis (Empire of the Ants), a complex fantasy novel in which ants were the heroes and humans the pesty antagonists. The novel became a cult hi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

La Saga des Fourmis (3 books)
  • Le Jour des fourmis (La Saga des Fourmis, #2)
  • La Révolution des fourmis (La Saga des Fourmis, #3)

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“Between two brains, there will always be misunderstandings and lies caused by parasitic smells, drafts and poor-quality reception.” 10 likes
“I have seen human beings who have forged "intellectual" armor to shield themselves from adversity. They seemed stronger than most. They said, "I couldn't care less," and laughed at everything, but when adversity managed to pierce their armor, it caused terrible damage.

I have seen human beings suffer from the slightest adversity, the slightest annoyance, but still remain open-minded and sensitive to everything, learning something from each attack.”
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