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The Gods Will Have Blood

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Published in 1912, when Anatole France was sixty-eight, The Gods Will Have Blood is the story of Gamelin, an idealistic young artist appointed as a magistrate during the French Revolution. Gamelin's ideals lead him to the most monstrous mass murder of his countrymen, and the links between Gamelin and his family, his mistress and the humanist Brotteaux are catastrophically severed. The Gods Will Have Blood recreates the violence and devastation of the Terror with breathtaking power, and weaves into it a tale which...

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Overview

Published in 1912, when Anatole France was sixty-eight, The Gods Will Have Blood is the story of Gamelin, an idealistic young artist appointed as a magistrate during the French Revolution. Gamelin's ideals lead him to the most monstrous mass murder of his countrymen, and the links between Gamelin and his family, his mistress and the humanist Brotteaux are catastrophically severed. The Gods Will Have Blood recreates the violence and devastation of the Terror with breathtaking power, and weaves into it a tale which grips, convinces and profoundly moves. The perfection of Anatole France's prose style, with its myriad subtle ironies, is here translated by Frederick Davies with admirable skill and sensitivity. That The Gods Will Have Blood is Anatole France's masterpiece is beyond doubt. It is also one of the most brilliantly polished novels in French literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140443523
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 457,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    The Gods Will Have Blood

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    A Great Classic Book

    This is a good one and I love how cheap it is. A real find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    Two Thumbs Down

    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.

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    Posted February 3, 2012

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