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The Gods Will Have Blood
     

The Gods Will Have Blood

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by Anatole France
 

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It is April 1793 and the final power struggle of the French Revolution is taking hold: the aristocrats are dead and the poor are fighting for bread in the streets. In a Paris swept by fear and hunger lives Gamelin, a revolutionary young artist appointed magistrate, and given the power of life and death over the citizens of France. But his intense idealism and

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It is April 1793 and the final power struggle of the French Revolution is taking hold: the aristocrats are dead and the poor are fighting for bread in the streets. In a Paris swept by fear and hunger lives Gamelin, a revolutionary young artist appointed magistrate, and given the power of life and death over the citizens of France. But his intense idealism and unbridled single-mindedness drive him inexorably towards catastrophe. Published in 1912, The Gods Will Have Blood is a breathtaking story of the dangers of fanaticism, while its depiction of the violence and devastation of the Reign of Terror is strangely prophetic of the sweeping political changes in Russia and across Europe.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443523
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/26/2005
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
332,872
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anatole France (Jacques-Anatole-Francois Thibault) was born in Paris in 1844, the only son of a book dealer. Working throughout his life in the publishing industry, he also contributed to various reviews and from 1873 was beginning to focus on his own creative writing. In 1897 he was elected to the Academic Francaise. The decisive shift in his career came in his participation in the Dreyfus affair, on behalf of the convicted Jewish officer. It marked the first stage of his emergence as one of the 'representative men' of his epoch, and brought about his conversion to socialism. Subsequent works reflect thsi sharpened humane concern. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. He died in 1924.

Frederick Davies is widely known as the translator of the plays of Carlo Goldini. He is a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.

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The Gods Will Have Blood: (Les Dieux ont Soif) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good one and I love how cheap it is. A real find.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.