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An angel, Arcade, leaves heaven, comes to earth, uses his invisibility to steal books from a library to study science and philosophy, after which he joins a host of fallen brethren with plans to overthrow god whom he views as not understanding the true nature of the universe and thus was incapable of creating it in the first place.
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 1st 1928 by JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LTD (first published 1914)
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BlackOxford
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french-language
Raining Angels in Paris and Washington

Can there be such a genre, biblical material excepted, as the anticipatory allegory? If so, Revolt of the Angels could well be a prime example.

In this week's NYRB (Nov. 6 2017), Charles Simic has a piece commemorating Trump's election. In it he puts Trump in a literary context:
"The only character I can think of in the world literature who resembles Donald Trump is Père Ubu in the play Ubu Roi (“Ubu the King”) by Alfred Jarry that famously opened and closed
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Jareed
I read this book as part of my Nobel Prize for Literature Awardees reading list. As it turned out it is one the longest list I will ever try to finish. Sometimes I too wonder where I found the audacity to attempt to foray in this kind of reading list.

The Revolt of the Angels is my initial foray into Anatole France's works, which definitely is not my last one. It was not his first, as France was apparently a poet and a journalist too, but is considered to be his most profound novel. I was a suck
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Garidation
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό. Αντάρτες άγγελοι μπουχτίζουν από την τυραννία του Θεού, ο οποίος παρουσιάζεται να απεχθάνεται τη γνώση, την προσωπική κρίση και την περιέργεια, και αποφασίζουν να οργανώσουν δεύτερο γύρο εξέγερσης. Λίγο κωμικοτραγικές οι φιγούρες (ο ένας είναι φοβιτσιάρης ειρηνιστής, ο άλλος αντάρτης πόλεων που φτιάχνει home made βόμβες, ένας καρατέκας ιάπωνας, μια σεξοβόμβα...), συναναστρέφονται ανθρώπους, κάνουν λάθη και βλακείες και γενικά η φύση τους γίνεται πιο ανθρώπινη από εκεί που ήταν θεϊκή. ...more
Makis Dionis
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pastis
Αληγορικο ως προς τη σχέση εξουσίας και εξουσιαζομενου, με φιλοσοφικές προεκτάσεις. Δηλώνει αρκετά εύγλωττα πως η αλλαγή/επανάσταση/ριζοσπαστικοποίηση πρέπει να ξεκινήσει από ψηλά, αλλά σταδιακά απαιτείται κ η συμμετοχή της βάσης... Ωστόσο βαρέθηκα αρκετά πριν το τέλος
Arax Miltiadous
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arax by: αποστολος Κουκουλουδης
" Σύντροφοι,
όχι δεν θα κατακτήσουμε τον ουρανό. Φτάνει που το μπορούμε.
Ο πόλεμος γεννάει τον πόλεμο και η νίκη την ήττα.
ο νικημένος θεός θα γίνει σατανάς και ο νικητής σατανάς, Θεός.
Είθε να μην μου λάχει μια τόσο συφοριασμένη κατάρα. "

Αναλογίζομαι πως θα ήταν ο κόσμος αν υπήρχαν περισσότεροι άνθρωποι σαν τον Anatole France. Δλδ, αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ένα εξαιρετικό δημιούργημα που μόνο ένας υπέροχος νους θα μπορούσε να συλλάβει και να αποδώσει, χωρίς να γίνει προβοκάτορας.
Η αντίδραση και η Επανά
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Αταλάντη Ευριπίδου
Ένα βιβλίο που δεν ήταν καθόλου αυτό που φανταζόμουν και με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα με αυτό που πραγματικά ήταν. Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον Ανατόλ Φρανς και εκτίμησα ιδιαίτερα τόσο αυτά που προσπαθούσε να πει χρησιμοποιώντας ως όχημα μια δεύτερη ανταρσία των αγγέλων όσο και το κομψό του χιούμορ. Η αφήγηση κλασσικίζει σε βαθμό που μου φάνηκε το έργο παλιότερο απ' όσο πραγματικά είναι, αλλά δεν με πείραξε, μιας κι έχω διαβάσει πολλή κλασική (ιδιαίτερα κλασσική Γαλλική) λογοτεχνία. Και παρόλο που όλο το βιβ ...more
Jim
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that could only have been written in France. And poor Anatole France got on the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books for his efforts. The Revolt of the Angels is not really a work of irreligion as it is of gentle irony.

It all starts when Arcade, the guardian angel of Maurice d'Esparvieu, starts reading books in the famed d'Esparvieu library and decides that the God whom he served was actually a demiurge named Ialdabaoth. He enlists other angels who are living among men to jo
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🐶 Con Bé Ki 🐶
Sách hay. Cứ cuốn nào mà hút ta đọc một mạch từ đầu đến cuối không ngừng nghỉ thì bỏ mặc tất cả mọi thứ sang một bên, đấy là một cuốn sách hay :D

Nói chứ đọc cuốn này thấy "nhớ" Đỏ và Đen, bởi nó cứ giông giống thế nào đấy, chắc là do cùng 1 người dịch.

Nói chung, hãy cứ như anh chàng Maurice trong sách, đại loại là cứ chuyên tâm học cách lẩn tránh việc hiểu sách nói gì, để rồi chính sự lẩn tránh đó mà ta sẽ gặt hái được không thứ này thì cũng thứ kia. Cứ hiểu ít còn hơn là hiểu sai.

Thích câu này:
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Tô
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Vừa ăn miếng bánh mì rán với bơ và jămbong, chàng trai vừa nói với thiên thần của chàng:
- Tôi vẫn tưởng rằng tội ác là một cái gì lạ thường. Ấy đó! Tôi đã lầm. Đó là một hành động đơn giản nhất, tự nhiên nhất trần đời.
- Và truyền thống nhất, - thiên thần đối đáp..."
Ioanna Sakkadaki
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
Είμαι στο 3,5 νομίζω. Ενώ στην αρχή μου κέντρισε το ενδιαφέρον, σταδιακά με κούρασε και μου άφησε μία αίσθηση αβεβαιότητας... Νιώθω ότι ο συγγραφέας ενώ κάτι ήθελε να πει , το άφησε στη μέση για κάποιο λόγο... Παρά ταύτα, έχει αρκετά ενδιαφέροντα σημεία, ειδικότερα δε όσον αφορά την εξουσία,την αλαζονεία ως φυσικό επακόλουθο της εκάστοτε "αυθεντίας" αλλά και της δομής της ανθρώπινης κοινωνίας διαχρονικά... Σε γενικές γραμμές, περίμενα μάλλον πολύ περισσότερα, με μία πιο δομημένη και ξεκάθαρη οπτ ...more
Tieu uyen
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cuốn sách hay nhất của Anatole France
Abraham
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a bit slow for me. But, didn't allow it to discourage and me kept on. At the end honestly can say was a fantastic read.
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Jan 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
It's becoming obvious that many of my bk 'reviews' are actually just excuses for anecdotes w/ just a little bk review thrown in here & there. That's the case here. I've been writing a math humor bk called "Paradigm Shift Knuckle Sandwich & other examples of PNT (Perverse Number Theory)" - in fact, it's more or less finished now: I'm just working on the Glossary & the Index. Part of this bk entails my navigating thru my notes about math bks that I read between, roughly, 2003 & 200 ...more
Joe
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A clever and mischievous take on the theology of modern society, The Revolt of the Angels follows the path of Arcade, a lowly guardian angel, as he happens upon the ugly truths of his divine master in the library of his human charge. Anatole France takes what could be a very dry polemic against the slavery of religion and makes it into a charming romp with his gifts for characterization and story-telling. As Maurice, the young man abandoned by Arcade, struggles to get his guardian back, we are s ...more
Krystal Hickam
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found it at a Half Price Books and it just seemed to call out to me. It's classified as a satire, but I think that is because atheism isn't something that could be talked about back in the day when this book was first published. The main story is much like the title. A band of Angels wants to revolt against God and heaven. These fallen angels don't think that God is good, or that he is all powerful as he claims to be. They are educated, having read many philosophical books, ...more
Tuấn  Lalarme
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lâu lắm rồi mới lại độc văn học cổ điển. Và thật nể Anatole France về kiến thức của ông với những điển tích điển cố trong Kinh Thánh, trong lịch sử, và sự kết nối nó lại để tạo nên một tác phẩm đậm tính hoài nghi về xã hội với tôn giáo, chính trị, đạo đức và phương cách sống.

Một thiên thần hộ mệnh sau khi đọc rất nhiều sách một cách lén lút và khá là phá hoại, đã quyết định nổi loạn chống lại Chúa Trời. Từ ý tứ đó một thiên sử thi về tội lỗi, dục vọng và cách tác giả đôi khi cực đoan bài xích, c
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Aida Ghazar
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a manifesto for an individual inner self revolution.
Satan has access to d’Esparvieu family library,one of the ‘vastest libraries in the world’.It’s librarian prefers the books to remain on the shelves untouched, lest they may be damaged! But this is not for Satan; he is invisible, so has access to the library and is reading them ferociously .”I have learnt.I have thought.I have lost my faith.”
He tells of “the progress his mind had made towards knowledge and liberty, of his philosophical
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Olya Neshcheretnaya
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a novel about a coup attempt in the heavenly firmament. The angels, frustrated in the politics of God, descend upon Earth to prepare the overthrow of their master.
In General, the author is ridiculing the events of 1812 in France. The problem is that if you're not aware of the historical events of the time, it is unlikely to be able to capture the essence of satire, presented by Anatole France this work.
If the "Island penguins", the author ridicules the history of France, and we, as reade
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Cashmere
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mình phân vân giữa 3 và 4 sao nhưng cũng cho nó 4 sao vì tính nhân văn cao cả.
Mình chưa đọc nhiều kinh điển nhưng thấy hầu như quyển nào cũng khó nhai. Quyển này cũng thế, rất nhiều đoạn phải đọc đi đọc lại thì mới hiểu được, khối kiến thức trong sách về tôn giáo, chính trị chủ nghĩa,... cũng rất nhiều, cộng với loạt tên nv loạn cào cào thì mình phải lê la đến 3 tuần mới đọc xong (tại lười nữa). Lúc đang đọc thì mình thấy có nhiều đoạn thừa, thêm vào chỉ rối thêm nhưng đến đoạn kết mới nghiệm ra
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Chris
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book offers a heartening plot idea: the overthrow of god by revolting angels who have discovered the true origin and function of the universe through science. Ordinarily such a story would provide plenty of good reading and feeling which any intellectual critique of religion can offer to anyone with an open mind. My low rating for the book is not because of the plot but because I just was not captivated by the writing. Maybe it was the translation. It would be great if a new author would wr ...more
Petyhaker
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I think it's a must read "black humour" political comedy.
A smart and unconventional comedy with a deep dive analysis in politics, religion and human nature. The plot was brilliant and imaginative, while the characters are - i believe - intentionally unrealistic and shallow which makes an excellent contrast with the seriousness of the situation and the events that take place - and, of course, makes the book hilariously ironic.
Israel Alberto
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que puedo decir, una obra maestra que nos muestra la otra cara de lo que consideramos bueno y benevolente, al terminarlo de leer este libro agregó a mi vida otra perspectiva de las cosas, haciéndome reflexionar y cuestionarme.

Además cabe agregar que hay rumores de que Beethoven compuso la sinfonía numero 7, en particular el 2do movimiento cuando termino de leer este libró.
Mel
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read Revolt of the Angels again for Bibliogoth, practically in one sitting. I really enjoyed it. Revolutionaries disguised as angels and politics disguised as religion. It has old libraries full of books, love affairs, and bombs. It’s a book that hardly anyone has ever heard of but if you can find a copy it’s well worth a read.
Javier Sanjuan
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lleno de sátiras, de sabiduría y de reflexiones, este libro es una obra maestra que merece ser leída, nos entrega una visión peculiar, pero no desacertada, de como se desenvuelven las tramas alrededor de la lucha entre los ángeles y los demonios.
Maria Beltrami
Classicamente francese, ammiccante a Dumas e Hugo, irrestibilmente umoristico, divinamente sulfureo, eppure profondo nella sua perspicace analisi del bene e del male e dei rispettivi rapporti.
Ma come ho potuto trascurare sin'ora Anatole France?
Dxarmbar06
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal read and apparently a national treasure in France. The French speaking world is so much more literate than the trite English speaking world. Has that "thing." People looking for a certain type of literature know what that "thing" is.
Chuck
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
elegant, and very fun
Brent Buell
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books. It turns the world of religion upside down. It was part of the inspiration for my novel RAPTUROUS.
Vicky Hunt
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
If the angels spoke... what would they have to say about religion? In the case of Anatole France's talking angels, whether they are fallen angels or heavenly angels; they reveal a great deal about faith, religion, and God's plan for our lives.

France plays the devil's advocate in this cynical story that reminds me of The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis. The big difference is that C. S. Lewis was a Christian believer, and his book very well gave you the ability to compare and contrast belief w
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Joe
Jul 23, 2013 added it
la historia de una familia noble francesa, lustre iniciado por Alejandro Bussart DEspavieu, hombre de asuntos políticos y cuantiosa fortuna; según el texto, iniciador de la estirpe.
Alejandro DEspavieu confiaba en las virtudes de los libros y creó una biblioteca de trescientos sesenta mil volúmenes, dejando como misión familiar que cada vez que hubiese una publicación que indicara alguna importancia ya fuera en ciencias naturales, sociales, morales, políticas, religiosas y filosóficas, la parente
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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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“For the majority of people, though they do not know what to do with this life, long for another that shall have no end.” 10 likes
“I sought out the laws which govern nature, solid or ethereal, and after much pondering I perceived that the Universe had not been formed as its pretended Creator would have us believe; I knew that all that exists, exists of itself and not by the caprice of Iahveh; that the world is itself its own creator and the spirit its own God. Henceforth I despised Iahveh for his imposture, and I hated him because he showed himself to be opposed to all that I found desirable and good: liberty, curiosity, doubt.” 9 likes
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