The Gods Will Have Blood (the Gods Are Athirst)

The Gods Will Have Blood (the Gods Are Athirst)

by Anatole France

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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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ISBN-13: 9781420947762
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Gods Will Have Blood: (Les Dieux ont Soif) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.625* of fiveThe Book Report: The journey through the Terror of the French Revolution made by artist Évariste Gamelin, aspiring bourgeois to Jacobin true believer to his inevitable fall after the Coup de Thermidor. One man's life journey explores the entire *amazing* and enthralling course of the defining break between the Old World Order and the New. My Review: This book was a Book Circle read. Frederick Davies translated this work very ably, in that the prose is supple and muscular. The book is inexorably gripping...to start is to need to finish...and the historical developments, so well-known to M. France, are explored fully without being windy and drawn out.I love the French Revolution as a fictional backdrop. How can you heighten suspense more than set a book against the backdrop of a murderous rampage that changed the world? Can't say that for most massacres. The history of the French Revolution is equally enthralling to me. I read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica article on it, fascinated and riveted, while I was recovering from mumps one spring in the 1960s. Been hooked ever since.I detested Évariste Gamelin. Start to finish, he ticked me off, made me ill, caused my blood pressure to spike to unsafe levels, and my shouting at the book (ineffective, sad to say) drove the dog to sleep on Puppy-mommy's bed. Getting that engaged with a book is a Good Thing. It means I've invested my feelings in the experience. This book is 100 years old this year. The events chronicled took place 220 years ago. It's as vibrant and exciting today as ever.Recommended for all lovers of history. Read it, and weep.
erikschreppel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anatole France does a stunning job in The Gods Will Have Blood showing the slow disintegration of the French Revolution into the Reign of Terror. Spanning the years 1792 to 1794, beginning after the Jacobins have effectively seized control, France attempts to understand the revolution through the effect it has on the people living it. His fictional protagonist Gamelin personifies the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the revolution itself. He begins as an idealistic republican. Although he has cut himself off from other people by his austere manner, he none the less truly believes in helping his fellow man. But like the revolution itself, Gamelin slowly forsakes his compassion for brutal repression. France does a masterful job as always of not just showing each side to the story, but also showing how everyone was complicit in what happened. No one escapes responsibility for the outcome. Gamelin¿s transformation from compassionate artist to sanguinary magistrate is the most overt, but not the only accusation thrown by France. Citizeness Rochemaure embodies the machinations of aristocracy in her trying to play both sides for her own profit, the greed of the merchant class shown by Jean Blaise¿ profiteering, and the blood lust just under the surface of the populace as bluntly shown in Elodie¿s blood fueled sex drive. The same Parisian crowds, who gaily celebrated as Marie Antoinette was guillotined, show equal glee for the execution of Robespierre. Many scholars have written of the similarities between the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution. But none have done it as pointedly as Anatole France. The Gods Will Have Blood was published in 1912, predating the Russian Revolution by 5 years, yet the parallel is so apparent, that you can¿t help but make the connection at almost every turn. This book could have been written by John Reed in 1917. France also shows how a society can allow something like the Terror to happen. One can easily see a connection to Nazi Germany in how a society can overlook at best, and at worst fully participate in abject horrors.Classic literature can often seem dated, but this could have been written yesterday. France¿s prose is immediate and universal, he amuses us and at the same time makes us think very pointedly about society and our role in it.
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.