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(The Gadfly #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,741 ratings  ·  477 reviews
Ethel Lilian Voynich, née Boole (1864-1960) was a novelist and musician, and a supporter of several revolutionary causes. In 1893 she married Wilfrid Michael Voynich, revolutionary, antiquarian and bibliophile, the eponym of the Voynich manuscript. She is most famous for her novel The Gadfly, first published in 1897 in the United States (June) and Britain (September), abou ...more
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Published 1977 by Издательство "Правда" (first published June 1897)
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Saam Well, the reviews you are referring to are actually in Persian language. Based on what I've heard and read, this book has been very popular before…moreWell, the reviews you are referring to are actually in Persian language. Based on what I've heard and read, this book has been very popular before Iran revolution for the revolutionists (mainly Marxist-Communist groups who failed after the revolution for various reasons). They probably have used this book in order to maintain their fighting spirit till the revolution succeeds.

Why now it's being read by Iranian? I am not pretty confident about the reason for the large number of new Iranian readers. I can guess though that plainly, Iranian people want a change, and Islamic republic has not been what they revolted for (If the revolution per se was the sole reason Islamic republic was created in the first place). Therefore, we are seeing many people in Iran raising a voice against the government policy. Whilst being brutally punished by the totalitarian government (regime), there are more people rising against what the regime trying to shove into their mind. This book might be a good guide for them to continue till what they deserve is reserved.

This was merely my personal opinion and I'll be happy to see other friends adding to what I hypothesised here. (less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Gadfly, Ethel Lilian Voynich
The Gadfly is a novel by Irish writer Ethel Voynich, published in 1897 (United States, June; Great Britain, September of the same year), set in 1840s Italy under the dominance of Austria, a time of tumultuous revolt and uprisings. The story centres on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, as a member of the Youth movement, and his antagonist, Padre Montanelli. A thread of a tragic relationship between Arthur and his love, Gemma, simultaneously runs through t
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Anh
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, favorite, dark
I'm not sure which one I read first, but whenever I think of either, it immediately reminds me of the other: The Count of Monte Cristo alongside The Gadfly. Many things can be said about these two, but it's simplest to say that while Monte Cristo is romantic, The Gadfly is much closer to the reality.

There are some similarities between these two: the protagonists are perfect and pure in the beginning, but soon they're cheated and isolated many years from their previous lives (love interests, fami
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J.
I THINK THIS IS THE SADDEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! I cried, and cried, and cried. However, it was absolutely Amazing! It starts with a completely inauspicious beginning and develops in to an incredible plot, with a climactic ending.
Juxian
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I read this book for the first time when I was eleven. I cried so hard over it the pages in the end of the book were all yellow and crumpled with tears. For a few years it became a cult book for me - as for many Soviet teenagers. So, now I decided to re-read it in English to see if it can stand without the prop of revolutionary ideology.
Well... one thing - Russian translation was brilliant. Second thing - I bawled my eyes out again. That was unexpected. But I'm not even sure I'm embarrassed abou
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Alesia
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah... A most engrossing book. Amazingly deep characters. I wonder if anyone noticed... The book poses a big philosophical question. What would one rather do, save the live of a loved one, or the lives of many people he doesn't even know... What would you do, if you were in Cardinal Montenelli's shoes?
Linda
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. It has all the elements of a great novel - good story line, controversy, well-developed characters, beautiful writing, subtle romance and enough intrigue to hold my interest from beginning to end. It truly is a classic. Interesting that is was not popular in the U.S., but sold over 2 million copies in Russian and many more around Europe and China - even made into a movie! Perhaps the subject of revolutionaries rising up against the church is too much for our puritan history - ...more
ErinG
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why had I not heard of this book/author sooner?

I read this in a day and a half. I really could not put it down. Nice pace, great writing and full of meaning. I thought it was a terrific book that really makes you think about religion and character.

I think it will be one of those books that I have to read every few years.

S'hi
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Half a dozen party pies for lunch and just finished The Gadfly on 3pm. Seemed quite well written for the most part, but went very sentimental and romantic at the end. A couple of places where it jumped a little in continuity as well = especially where Arthur finally reveals himself to the Cardinal. There had been no hints in the narrative to prepare for this, whereas at least with Gemma there had been hints and inklings on each side. But a couple of other things I found disturbing in the writing ...more
Amalie
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with taste for great literature
I read the Sinhalese translation while I was in my teens but, back then I rushed through the story. Though I always remembered it, I never knew just how much I have missed out in my speedreading, till I read the original novel.

It's superising how this is not known among the English-speaking readers as it should be. Never I have read a book that is most profoundly human and tragic - a book about love of freedom, belief, and life itself; about moral and religious choices none have to make... The c
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Bgs
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece!

'Why is it that you never groan?'
'Have you read 'Ovod'? Read it and you'll understand'
-An excerpt from,
'How steel was tempered'
David K. Lemons
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "The Gadfly" during revolutionary times--the sixties. I myself was caught up in this turmoil, so the book resonated with how I viewed my world at the time, and I think it influenced me personally. I recommend it now to those in a state of revolt-- either outward or inward.
Nassimoka
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Never expected that I will like this book so much. My heart is broken and I am crying mess.
Saeede
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is beyond a shadow of doubt that this book is one of the most intriguing books that i've ever laid my hands on!i settled down to reading the book after a couple of recommendation by some friends and i do confess that at the opening of the story i was utterly disenchanted for the dull process of advancing throughout the book, but as this abrupt revolution arises in Arthur's beliefs the story seems to reveal another startling layer of plot and meaning.
At the time i came to the end,i was entirel
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Eli
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh God, oh God.
How could this be? Huh? How can a writer know so much about all this? All this feelings? How is it possible that she knows exactly which words to chose just to say what I'm thinking at the moment ...
You know, this is, I guess, a personal rating. Because it's something I always think about, whenever I fell bad, I imagine how many other people are out there, who've been hurt so much in their lives, but don't say a thing and keep living with the scars. I've imagined how it feels to h
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Yulia Serebriyskaya
I'm sorry, I can't understand how come this book has such high rating. It is a bad Monte Cristo remake with incredibly shallow characters. The good ones are all perfect (beautiful, very kind and very smart) and the main character is just so not believable. And there is so much pathos. Maybe it's the classic soviet translation that sucks so hard, otherwise the world has gone mad.
Roya
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basically, it was the best Aristotelian/Shakespearean/Or Whatever-the-Emotional-Hell-It-Was Tragedy I have ever read. Sophocles couldn't do better.
Also, it was the best recreation of Christ-Paying-the-Ransom and Human Fall thing. Milton couldn't do better.
Oh God. My heart is aching in a way it has never done.
I give this book all the stars.
All of them.
Alireza B.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredible plot and deep characters. I'm only giving it four stars because, as engaging as the book was, I didn't like the way it was written. I felt like the words and the story were thrown at me with less description than needed. But still a great read and a certain suggestion from me :)
Fariba
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the book over and over. It's one of my favorites. Very emotional and striking. I suggest it to everyone.
Amin Gorjizadeh
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Decision

Sky
is burning
In
the flames
of magic

Decision

there is always
a decision
at the fevered moments
between words
Elmira
Feb 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
The unforgivable sin: preferring one's reputation to the life of one's child! Is this what really religion does to people?!
Nurlan Nugumanov
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dumped
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Trang Trần
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Ha Ngoc does a wonderful work translating this book. Footnotes are incredibly informative. Full review to come, if free and fresh.
Phoebe Phuong
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about love, bravery, patience and sacrifice with a relentless story line
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Dillwynia Peter
After having had two books in succession that disappointed, it was nice to have one that was enjoyable. A famous book, more for the mystic around the man who inspired it, it also has the honour of inspiring Ian Fleming and his James Bond character.
The Gadfly is so different from Bond in so many ways, but you can also see the evolution between the two extreme ends. The setting is during the early days of the Italian uprising against the Austrians who controlled much of Italy till the mid 19th Cen
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william ellison
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Innocence & Experience

Forgive the melodrama and this is one of the finest tales of love and sacrifice. You can see why it was so popular in Soviet circles. Voynich with some experience I believe, delineates the relation between personality and revolution. The cause is bigger than individuals but is it any more than the sum of its constituents, their personal and collective needs. The answers really do tug at the heart strings and all against a backdrop of religious devotion and its inverse.
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May Ling
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into with this book. It came in big case 2 of 90 books. Written in 1961, it's a bit indicative of the times and reads a lot like the many "social experiment" type pieces of the time. There is some situation where all of the characters play out their respective parts from their point of view. Gadfly is valeint in his demonstration of stoic belief in a righteousness that does not necessarily include God; or at least a God that is convicted in such ...more
S'hi
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly an easy flowing book, well shaped and told, with good pace and interconnections of threads as the story develops. However I was disappointed a couple of times by sudden inconsistencies in style or failure to flesh out the issues which seemed to be the expected motivators for the main characters. It helped me understand a lot of catholics who I have known to question and dabble with communism. But I did not feel that it reached an adequate conclusion or resolution. A little too romantic or ...more
Michael Cayley
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A young Englishman brought up in a merchant family in Italy gets involved in a 19th-century movement to liberate Italy, and is arrested. Immediately after his release he discovers his father is a priest who has been his mentor. He goes to South America. When he returns, he resumes his involvement in them cement to free Italy from rule by Austrians and the Pope. He puts politics before personal emotion, and is himself emotionally broken.

This is a very sad book. It was popular in Soviet Russia and
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Ethel Lilian Voynich, née Boole was a novelist and musician, and a supporter of several revolutionary causes. Her father was the famous mathematician George Boole. Her mother was feminist philosopher Mary Everest, niece of George Everest and an author for the early-20th-century periodical Crank.In 1893 she married Wilfrid Michael Voynich, revolutionary, antiquarian and bibliophile, the eponym of t ...more

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“خرمگس به ناگهان دست هایش را با حرکتی پرشور از هم گشود و گفت
آیا هرگز با خود فکر نکرده اید که این گوژپشت بینوا هم انسان است و روح دارد؟ یک روح زنده که تلاش می کند ولی با این وضع و حال، اسیر این پیکر خمیده شده و ناگزیر به بندگی است؟ شما که نسبت به هر چیزی این قدر حساس و نازک دل هستید؟ شما که دلتان به حال جسمی در لباس احمق ها می سوزد ، هرگز به روح بدبختی که حتی آن لباس رنگارنگ را ندارد که برهنگی وحشتناکس را بپوشاند فکر کرده اید؟ شما به روحی بیاندیشید که از سرما می لرزد و از شرم و بدبختی در برابر آن همه انسان خفه می شود. او ریشخندهای مردم را که مانند تازیانه ای به وجودش می خورد
حس میکند و خنده هایشان را که مثل آهن تفته ای تن سوز است لمس می کند!
بله، شما به روحی به انسانی بیندیشید که دربرابر چشم آنان با درماندگی نگران کوه ها است که بر او فرو نمی ریزند. نگران صخره هاست که پنهانش نمی کنند و سرانجام به موش هایی که می توانند خود را درون سوراخی پنهان کنند،
رشک می برد این را هم فراموش نکنید که روح لال است. صدایی ندارد که فریاد برآورد، باید تحمل کند و باز هم تحمل و باز هم تحمل...”
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