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Thaïs by Anatole France

Thaïs (1890)

by Anatole France

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An interesting book to listen to. Not sure if I'd finushed it if I would have met it in print. Religion, deception, love, philosophy, all are part of this book, woven into a story of all times. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jan 29, 2019 |
Paphnutius is a Christian monk living a secluded life in 4th century Egypt. He is regarded as one of the most holy of the hermits living in the area, and the demons that arrive each night are unable to enter his shack. One day as he is meditating on his sins, he remembers his lust for Thais, a beautiful actress he saw as a young man in Alexandria. He is inspired (either by God or by the devil) to go to the city and convince her to enter a nunnery and devote the rest of her life to God. Throughout his quest, his faith is tested by many different philosophers and sceptics who all have an opinion on the Christian faith. Thais was later granted sainthood.

This short novel was divided into three sections. I thought the first section was very interesting, the second section was tedious, and the third section was a mix of the first two. I found quite a few quotes that stood out in one way or another, and I liked that the novel could be interpreted in multiple different ways. It would definitely generate a lot of discussion. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Douglas, Robert B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Anatole France, de son nom exact François-Anatole Thibault, (1844-1924), né à Paris, quai Malaquais, est un écrivain français. Il est considéré comme l’un des plus grands écrivains de la Troisième République dont il fut également l’un des plus importants critiques littéraires, et comme l’une des consciences les plus significatives de son temps, s’engageant en faveur de nombreuses causes sociales et politiques du début du XXe siècle. Anatole France fait ses études au collège Stanislas. Il est disciple de Leconte de lisle, avec qui il travaillera quelque temps comme bibliothécaire au Sénat. France connaît son premier succès public, en 1881, avec Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard, couronné par l’Académie française. Il rejoint Émile Zola, avec qui il s’est réconcilié, lors de l’affaire Dreyfus. Il participe à la fondation de la Ligue des droits de l’homme. Son engagement dreyfusard se retrouve dans les quatre tomes de son Histoire Contemporaine (1897- 1901). Il est lauréat en 1921 du prix Nobel de littérature pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre. Ses oeuvres comprennent: Thaïs (1890), Le Jardin d’Épicure (1895), Pierre Nozière (1899) et L’Île des Pingouins (1908).

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Published in 1890, this historical novel, based on the life of Saint Thais of Egypt, inspired the opera by Massenet. Its focus is less on Thais a courtesan who converted to Christianity than on Paphnutius, a self-deluded hermit who abandons his ascetic life in order to save the seductress Thais's soul . . . or so he believes.… (more)

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