The Gods Will Have Blood

The Gods Will Have Blood

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.

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.Anatole France was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921.

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On reaching the erstwhile Rue Royale and turning into the Place de la Révolution, Brotteaux caught sight of a steel triangle glittering between two wooden uprights; it was the guillotine. Underneath the scaffold some dogs were licking yesterday's blood, Brotteaux turned back towards the Rue Honoré. Élodie is a charming young lady who is very much in love with Évariste, and she is quite a contrast to the severe young man with his strong political views.

What happens when this idea becomes a god to be worshipped blindly and that god thirsts for human blood in the name of necessity and perfection? Anatole Frances The Gods will Have Blood aka The Gods are Athirst shows just such a crisis, when the Revolution in France, meant to topple the unjust regime of monarchy and aristocracy in the name of the downtrodden people, became transmuted into a literal Terror, where madam Guillotine reigned supreme and all were suspect. At this time of turmoil we are introduced to the young painter Évariste Gamelin, living in poverty with his widowed mother in a garret in Paris, dreaming of possible fame as an artist and ardently committed to the revolutionary cause. Finally there is Élodie Blaise, the voluptuous daughter of a clever printseller who has thus far proven able to navigate the tempestuous seas of the revolution and still manage to make a profit amidst the poverty that surrounds her, who pursues the handsome young Gamelin with a desire that is almost bestial in its hunger. Soon, however, we see that Gamelins ardent sensibility is a double-edged sword, for it is that which has caused him to throw in his lot whole-heartedly with the Jacobins, willing to accept any sacrifice or demand made by them in the name of liberty, fraternity, and equality. Some of these victims sacrificed in the name of the new government are former leaders and politicians like Danton and Desmoulins caught on the wrong side of the winds of politics, or generals unable to win the victories desired by the authorities against the enemies of the people. Whether this is in the shape of the defrocked priest Pére Longuemare who regrets his own cowardice at the Revolutions outset and admires the conviction of the atheistic philosopher with whom he has many a spirited argument, or the young prostitute Athenaïs who is by turns a lamb and a lion in the face of persecution, or even Gamelins mother, sitting hungry in the empty garret she shares with her son the avenger, Brotteaux puts himself out for the individuals he meets in disdain for the great mass of the peoplenothing more than a mob that thirsts for death. Im uncertain after reading this who was worse, the idealists who promulgated the ideas that led to these acts of terror and death, or the fickle mob that heeded them thoughtlessly and became the true god of the title that thirsted for blood.

It focuses on the events and psychology of participants in the Terror during the French Revolution. The story traces Gamelins transformation from a sincere and anguished participant in events to a rabid and arbitrarily vengeful persecutor of all those who in his opinion are dangers to the society he dreams of, his victims ultimately including people near and dear to him.

Bununla birlikte, koullar, duygu ve düünceler o kadar sk deiir ki, bu deiime ayak uydurmak pek mümkün olmasa gerek ki, bir gün önce ba tac edilen, "en ateli devrimci" diye omuzlarda yükselen biri, ertesi gün giyotinde kendini bulabilmi mesela. leride daha iyi bir biçim vermesi için, beni oluturan elemanlar doaya seve seve iade ediyorum, zaten benim iime hiç yaramad." (giyotine giden bir idam mahkumunun mahkum arkadana vedas) "Ben öleceime üzülüyorum, çünkü sizden daha çok zevkle yaadm hayat.

The similarity of people and the incidents throughout the time and place is unbelievable.

Rating: 3.625* of five The 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. I love the French Revolution as a fictional backdrop. The history of the French Revolution is equally enthralling to me.

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament." Anatole France began his career as a poet and a journalist. France wrote about the affair in his 1901 novel Monsieur Bergeret. La Revolte des Anges (1914) is often considered France's most profound novel.

  • English

  • Fiction

  • Rating: 3.75
  • Pages: 254
  • Publish Date: December 1st 1990 by Penguin Books Ltd
  • Isbn10: 0140184570
  • Isbn13: 9780140184570