The Gods Will Have Blood (the Gods Are Athirst)by Anatole France
Anatole France's work "Les dieux ont soif" translates to "The Gods Will Have Blood" or "The Gods are Athirst." Both translations of the title accurately depict the nature of this novel set during the French Revolution. Young artist Évariste Gamelin is the right-hand man of Jacobin, Marat, and Robespierre and eventually becomes appointed as a juror on the Revolutionary Tribunal during the heinous Reign of Terror. Though Gamelin fully believes in the ideas of revolution and liberty, he uses his position of power to terrorize his friends and family who do not agree with his zealous ideals. Yet his bloodthirsty nature is put to an end when he, along with his mentor Robespierre, is beheaded during the aftermath of the Thermidorian Reaction. "The Gods Will Have Blood" was published in 1912, and author Anatole France received the Nobel Prize for Literature in honor of his literary achievements. The text shows the dangers a fervently angry country and the terror that can arise when the public is allowed to dole out its own version of justice with random death sentences. It shows the consequences when humanity is consumed by an idea, even a good idea, that is allowed to become more important than the people who hold it.
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This was a hard book to 'get in to.' This book is about the French Revolution and the psychological impacts of it on many types of people. It was a really good book, once I started understanding it. Before reading this book it is important to have a good understanding of this period in French history.
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Honestly I have never heard of Anatole France before I read The Gods Will Have Blood. The book is really boring and dull. However the book offers a detailed description of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. The book is boring because the characters are static. For example, the main character Gamelin does not change at all throughout the story. The novel is lacking an exciting plot and the characterization Anatole France uses is bad. Also, the writing style is monotonous. The introduction claims that the novel is ¿polished perfection¿ but to me it seems more nondescript and generic than any other French literature books. Like Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is a great novel about the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. The Gods Will Have Blood is very informative about the French Revolution. The novel can really help you if you are writing an essay about the French Revolution. Unfortunately, historical accuracy doesn¿t make a great novel. Overall in my opinion the novel was plain, boring, and bad. It didn¿t really catch my attention and the novel is a big disappointment.