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The Roots of Heaven

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"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
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published June 1958 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1956)
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Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frança, bib-l


O percurso de um homem que fez da defesa dos elefantes a sua cruzada, um homem com carisma suficiente para mobilizar gente à sua volta e criar um movimento que provocou uma onda de agitação, 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 roídos pelo remorso. Enterraram-se no continente Africano, ou porque sentiam afinidade com a causa, ou pela necessidade de encontrar um sentido para a vida
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Racines du ciel, Romain Gary
عنوان: ریشه های آسمان؛ نویسنده: رومن گاری؛ مترجم: سیلویا بجانیان؛ تهران، نشر علم، 1369، در 754 ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، نیماژ، 1394؛ در 600 ص؛ شابک: 9786003671713؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
عنوان: ریشه های آسمان؛ نویسنده: رومن گاری؛ مترجم: منوچهر عدنانی؛ تهران، ثالث، 1378، در 608 ص؛ شابک: 9646404758؛ چاپ سوم در سال 1392، در 571 ص؛ چاپ چهارم، 1393؛ شابک: 9789646404755؛
Maughn Gregory
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by Romain Gary and I really enjoy his writing. This book, written in 1956, is a post war book that examines what it takes to survive. This is a tale of Morel, a French dentist that has come to French Equatorial Africa to campaign for the elephants which are in danger of extinction. This is shortly after WWII, colonialism is reaching its end in Africa and the people of Africa are seeking independence. We have various characters; missionaries, anthropologists, prostitutes, g ...more
Deb W
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 بودم 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!
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
Yarısına kadar geldim kitabın ama çok ara verdiğimden ve hikayenin içine bir türlü giremediğimden bıraktım. Sonra tekrar okuyacağım.
This book is excellent--intense, strong, upsetting, infuriating, and frustrating.

First published in 1956, it looks at colonialism, nationalism, and traditional lifestyles in the context of French Equatorial Africa. This is all shaped around Morel, a Frenchman who has decided to defend the elephants and thinks hunting should be banned. (All hunting--traditional, for ivory, and big game for sport.) Waitari, a French-educated Oulé and nationalist, joins his cause to reach his own ends. The tribes,
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this elegant exploration of the clash of cultures, the nuances of human interests and the depiction of post World War II Equatorial Africa. Morel is obsessed with the protection of elephants from the cruelty of traditional village hunters and the big game hunters from the West who kill for sport. His motivation is attributed to various things according to the viewpoint of those assessing him. Gary shows an acute understanding of human motivation as he depicts how various characters aspir ...more
Kevin Pedersen
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-tour
There is a lot to unpack here. This is a Book, one to put on a Book Shelf.

"The Roots Of Heaven" was published in 1958 and it deals with the aftermath of the Holocaust in a way that feels raw and real... it is neither saccharine melodrama nor is it attempting to live up to all the history that just happened (see "Exodus"). Instead, it's a story that just lives in a world recently gone crazy. Characters try to cope with World War 2 (and the oncoming nuclear age) without knowing how it's all going
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!
Sara Shakouri
Jul 12, 2015 marked it as dropped-to-read-later  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fort, superbe et profond.
Bob Newman
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Duped Dreamer Fails to Protect Pachyderms

Ah, well, I was not enamored of the first of Gary's novels that I read, but I thought I'd give another one a try. Alas, it was not better at all. This is an extremely youthful novel set in a country (Chad) that I doubt he ever saw. This is always a mistake. While on one hand claiming to stand for freedom, equality, and the romance of Life---maybe the common bonds that exist in the souls of all men---Gary's love of cynicism drags him into creating a very
"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
Felipe  Cerda
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entretenida y divertida novela con tintes ecológicos
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les fins et les moyens, that is the question.
"Non si possono giudicare gli uomini da quello che fanno quando si tolgono i calzoni. Le porcate vere le fanno da vestiti." (p. 160)
P.S. Winn
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read as a dentist decides that he needs to save the elephants in africa who are hunted and killed for their ivory tusks. great story.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Récit à plusieurs voies, fascinant, très puissant
Book Wormy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-read, read-2017
A philosophical story about freedom told against the backdrop of colonial Africa with Elephants as the symbols of freedom. This is a thought provoking book.

Warning there are harrowing descriptions on elephant hunting and the effects of a widespread drought on all the animal populations in Africa.

"No amount of good will could save the elephants. There could no longer be enough room in this world for such freedom."

"The roots of heaven are forever planted in their hearts , yet of heaven itself they
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
- 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
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bc-released
Ce livre m'a avant tout ennuyée. C'est long à se mettre en place, c'est dense et parfois difficile à suivre quand on lit ça d'un oeil. L'auteur joue beaucoup sur les changements de lieux, de temps, de personnage suivi, et ce qui marche relativement bien pour les personnages m'a semblé beaucoup plus bizarre et artificiel pour les lieux et les temps. Tout cela pour créer une espèce de suspens autour de l'intrigue et son dénouement, mais c'est tellement tordu que ça retombe un peu comme un soufflé ...more
Elide Molinai
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mozhdeh Ariannezhad
کتاب پر است از شخصیتهای جذاب که بهخوبی پرداخته شدهاند و در هر صفحه از این کتاب طولانی(شاید زیادی طولانی، کمی هم خستهکننده) مطلب جدیدی راجع بهشان میفهمیم.
دلمشغولیهای رومن گاری در جای جای «ریشههای آسمان» دیده میشود و خواننده را به فکر فرو میبرد.
از نُطقهای دوستداشتنی شخصیت اصلی کتاب:

همین که کسی بتواند صرفا از امور حقیر آنها بیزار باشد و به مسائل مهمتر، به حاشیهای وسیعتر بپردازد،از ظرفیت آنها تجاوز میکند. نمیتوانند آن را باور کنند. باید حقهای پشت آن باشد، نه حقهای حسابی، حقهای آبکی، چیزی در حد خو

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?

Wonderful story about the struggle of a French idealist, Morel, in the South of Chad against elephant hunters. The elephant is allegorical for human dignity that is threatened by Western modernity, which now (the fifties of last century) also threatens Africa. Around Morel circulate a lot of other, engaging and ambiguous figures. Especially the black "évolué" Waïtari testifies the the prophetic ability of Gary. Also fascinating is the holocaust-background of Morel, that is also the source of his ...more
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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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“... Някой ден със сигурност ще се продават хапчета за човечност. И човек ще взема сутрин по едно на гладно, преди да се срещне с другите.” 20 likes
“Е, добре, накрая ми хрумна една идея. Когато вече не издържате, правете като мен: мислете си за свободните слонове, препускащи през Африка, за стотиците и стотици прекрасни животни, на които нищо не може да се опре - нито една стена, нито една ограда от бодлива тел, - които преминават огромни открити пространства и трошат всичко по пътя си, и събарят всичко - докато са живи, нищо не е в състояние да ги спре - каква свобода, а! И дори когато вече не са живи, знае ли човек, продължават навярно да препускат другаде все така свободно. Така че, започне ли да ви измъчва клаустрофобията, бодливата тел, железобетонът, пълният материализъм, представете си стада слонове на свобода, проследете ги с поглед, не се откъсвайте от тях, от техния бяг и ще видите, веднага ще ви стане по-добре...” 9 likes
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