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The Camp of the Saints

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  737 ratings  ·  138 reviews
By the year 2000 there will on present projections be seven billion people swarming on the surface of the Earth. And only nine hundred million of them will be white. What will happen when the teeming billions of the so-called Third World - driven by unbearable hunger and despair, the inevitable consequences of insensate over-population - descend locust-like on the lush lan ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Social Contract Pr (first published 1973)
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Hadrian
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, french
Speaking as the son of a first-generation immigrant, I find it hilarious when there's panic about how simply the presence of a different-believing or a different-looking person will destroy nations. It's flattering to be included as part of a vast conspiracy. It reminds me of a joke about a Jewish man who read anti-Semitic newspapers because he enjoyed reading about how he and his fellow Jews secretly controlled the world.

So this book is a racist nightmare disguised as a future dystopia. Hordes
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Jaybird Rex
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be both profound and utterly un-put-down-able. The idea is very simple: A flotilla of a million of India's poorest and most wretched sets sail for France. Along the way, as this gigantic flotilla gets close to Egypt (in an attempt to pass through the Suez), and then again South Africa, the militaries of these countries threaten to sink the ships and drown the migrants rather than let them land and be forced to deal with them. A regrettable solution, killing them before adopt ...more
Manny
I had never heard of this controversial 70s dystopian novel before I read Hadrian's review the other day. The premise, which has upset liberal commentators ever since publication, is apparently that a tide of refugees from the Third World arrive in Europe, who unwisely agrees to accept them, despite the fact that their resources are insufficient and it is not in their best interests. This duly ends up destroying European civilization. The book has been generally labelled as racist, and, as a per ...more
Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A novel written in the early 1970's Camp of the Saints is about France being deluged with an armada of slow moving boats containing millions of the worst that the "third world" has to offer and the ensuing reaction of the population to the invasion in the weeks before they arrive on the shores of France.

I believe at the time this was written Raspail in many ways meant it as an exagerated parody/satire of naive liberal leftist universalism but now things have gotten to the point with the brainwa
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Arthur Meursault
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book, but the film version is better. Haven't seen the film? Just switch on your TV and tune into any news channel featuring a story about the current situation in Europe. You can watch it right there.
Daniel L.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Racist Paranoia in Sheep's Clothing

Some three decades ago, in 1973, Jean Raspail, in a declaration of his allegiance to the White race, sounded the alarm that European culture and society were in danger of being overrun by hoards of non-White persons from India (representing persons from this and other Third World nations). This prophecy, set to occur "in the near future," has not materialized; nevertheless, this theme continues to be rehashed, most notably by the Rev. Patrick Buchanan in "Death
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Maru Kun
Mar 07, 2017 marked it as not-to-read
I thought that Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategic adviser, was a racist loony but even I underestimated the extent of the lunacy.

This is one of Bannon's favorite works. Take a look at this article on how This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World and read a few of the reviews not written by white supremacists below to understand quite how insane Trump's chief strategist is.
Osred
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This prophetic book is not so much about the invasion of Europe as it is about the surrendering mindset of the majority of the white French. Raspail quite ruthlessly examines how and why their culture was eroded by dissidents within, to the point that they were psychologically unable to defend themselves. Jean Anouilh perceptively called it 'A haunting book of irresistible force and calm logic'.
Ian Gardner
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now September 2015...... Interesting reading the reviews of the past 2 - 3 years, how wrong and naive some people were. This was almost prophetic, Enoch Powells rivers of blood speech now springs to mind as the next prophetic words to have been written in the past that we await for. God help us all for what we are about to do in the name of humanity.
Laurent
Apocalyptische cultklassieker uit 1973 die zorgwekkend genoeg in 2015 voor het eerst in een Nederlandse vertaling uitkwam onder de titel 'Het legerkamp der heiligen' bij de omstreden extreemrechtse uitgeverij Egmont (verbonden aan de partij Vlaams Belang, geboycot door ketens als FNAC en Club en de Vlaamse Uitgevers Vereniging waardoor ze bijvoorbeeld niet op de Boekenbeurs kunnen staan). De vertaling is van de hand van Vlaams Belanger Jef Elbers, voorzitter van VB in Knokke en scenarist van ond ...more
manda
Mar 08, 2017 marked it as how-about-no
Why pretend to be "courageous" and "asking terrifying questions" when you can just be blatantly racist?

A so-called dystopia about the end of civilisation and the world as we know it when a bunch of brownies descend, "locust-like" upon the White World.

How about a story about the end of civilisation and the world as we know it when a bunch of whites descend upon the Brown World?

Oh wait, THAT actually DID happen. Everywhere. For many years.

The other one is just fear-mongering and projection at its
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Andy
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has an opinion on immigration
Perhaps one of the darkest dystopian novels. Raspail's novel does not get as much attention as it deserves, because the nature of the topic, unchecked immigration from the third world to the first world, is basically off-limits in today's political atmosphere.

The basics of the story are that, escaping dire poverty and filth, one million of the lowest of the low board ships in Calcutta, India, seeking home elsewhere--one million Indians crammed aboard a multitude of decrepit ships bound for some
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Hakase
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
shit
Delia Lassen
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Hard to believe this was written in 1973. Europe offers no resistance as third-world migrants flood in by boat and ship. In Paris, foreign 'guest workers' rise up in violence against the local people. Meanwhile in America, people cower in their apartments as migrants from South America rampage on the streets. Clunky because of poor translation I suspect (at least in the version I read) but remarkably prescient about the current situation in Europe and to a lesser extent the USA. Not a pleasant r ...more
Breathing
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book labeled all the pejoratives of the politically correct handbook decades ago, comes closer to reality year after year, shifting the classification of this book from fiction to narrative non-fiction little by little.

Are apologies due? By the time you've finished this extraordinary work, you'll know that the so-called intellectuals' perceived reality shifts ever closer to fiction, rendering apologies absolutely meaningless.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Mar 05, 2017 marked it as goldfinch-in-juice
Maybe Rump don't read, but his racist buddy Bannon apparently reads. And when he reads he saves it all up for racist shit like this (pretty sure his anti-immigration stuff is not based upon facts in Sweden). One step below even an A*n R**d if that's possible. And we'll assume ::

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Samuel Smith
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although at times Raspail seems to be getting carried away in his description of the depravity of the third-world invaders, his description of the reaction of the European elite to the crisis is spot on. I am still amazed that such a book was written decades ago when it is so relevant to what is happening in the world now. What is even more amazing is that Raspail is a Frenchman. Maybe there is yet a glimmer of hope for the le peuple gallois.
P.S. Carrillo
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written over 40 years ago, Jean Raspail faced a torrent of resistance for this exceptional novel and upon first reading it is easy to understand why. His thesis of masses of people immigrating from the third world into Europe without invitation triggers fear within us and our Christian based ethos will not permit us to view the inevitability of this invasion as anything but deserved. Europeans and Americans suffer from a guilt that although may be well deserved will undermine our ability to prot ...more
Luke
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Raspail has a crude form of prose. It is not refined but I cannot help but read on. This is not like most authors - I can put down the book sometimes too easily and not pick it up. The Camp of the Saints however, I simply couldn't put it down. Credit where credit is due - you will thoroughly enjoy this book, even if you disagree with it.

Yet Raspail is right. He is hyperbolic, certainly, but you cannot stretch out a book and detail every little migration. But the mass importation of the Third Wor
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Bettie☯
Jul 13, 2014 marked it as wish-list
Steve Bannon endorses this book

In the same way I read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf etc etc I think I need to be aware what is contained in this book, although it must of fallen on commonsense ears as only 124 people have rated it since its publication in 1973.

Pre-reading, I go with Hadrian

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle, Metaphysics
John Wiltshire
Some of you who follow my reviews will know I like horror novels but that I've become a little jaded over them recently. Basically, I don't find much frightening. I started this book last night however and actually didn't sleep much afterwards. I suspect this novel is a minority taste/interest kind of book, more talked about than actually read. Anything that's demonised, anything people try to ban, however, piques my interest. You can't dislike something you haven't tried, after all. I'll update ...more
Rick Condon
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thoughtful read. Perhaps the most politically incorrect book I've ever read. There is certainly room to challenge his conclusions but one must marvel over his prediction of events in the US today.
Tom
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a disturbing look at the future, written in the 1970s, and it gets more disturbing as our present unfolds into the future.
Jay
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of dystopian fiction came out of the 1970s. A lot of it was science fiction, and postulated the outbreak of a humanity-destroying plague, or Earth being struck by a humanity-destroying comet, or some other humanity-destroying event. But in Camp of the Saints, Jean Raspail views humanity itself as the destroyer--or at least, part of humanity destroying the civilization that another part of humanity has built up, painstakingly, over many centuries.

In short, the story has fleets of thousands
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Ron
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Prophetic look at the end of Western civilization. Exactly what was described at the beginning of this book has happened already.
Jason Bradley Thompson
It's hard to identify "the most racist novel ever," especially since it lets everybody else off the hook, but "The Camp of the Saints" is a strong contender, at least for a late 20th century novel from a major publishing house. (In contrast, the even viler 1978 "The Turner Diaries", which like "Camp" is listed as a hate book by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was published by a small white supremacist press.) Fittingly for the 1970s, it's an apocalyptic novel too -- a weird mix of overpopulatio ...more
Observer
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While it is understandable in 2015 to see this as an anti immigration novel that would be quite wrong. But liberals being liberals rarely get things right. More than anything the book is about income inequality. The masses swarming over France are the result not the cause.

It is quite true that income is becoming increasingly concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, and I'm not talking about the US where most people living in poverty would be middle class or above in 3rd world nations. I'm looki
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Jeb Stuart
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read it around thirty years ago when it was considered a fantasy but Reagan had signed the amnesty bill and the future became clear. Like most books with an outlook it is strong in words and images but if you want to see an early view of what is happening now in Europe and of course in the USA then find it and read. Public libraries likely won't carry it since it is politically incorrect but you can find it online either on websites or in print. You'll find left wing types that give it a one s ...more
David Schwan
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I periodically read "difficult" books, this was one of them.

A thoroughly disgusting book which is favored reading material for white nationalists and the alt-right. This book is often placed in similar prominence to the Turner Diaries. Steve Bannon advisor to current US President Trump is a fan of this book.

The writing is rather so-so. The plot is not particularity believable. Lots of cardboard characters. And mostly lots of hatred for any poor people who are not white. The book vacillates betwe
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Jean Raspail is a French author, traveler and explorer. He is best known for his controversial 1973 novel, The Camp of the Saints, which is about mass third world immigration to Europe.
“Day by day, month by month, doubt by doubt, law and order became fascism; education, constraint; work, alienation; revolution, mere sport; leisure, a privilege of class; marijuana, a harmless weed; family, a stifling hothouse; affluence, oppression; success, a social disease; sex, an innocent pastime; youth, a permanent tribunal; maturity, the new senility; discipline, an attack on personality; Christianity... and the West... and white skin...” 2 likes
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