Anatole France

Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.


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  1. 1. Thaïs

    "Thaïs" is a historical novel set in Egypt during the 4th century, revolving around a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan, and a Christian ascetic monk who becomes obsessed with her. The monk, seeking to save her soul, convinces her to abandon her life of luxury and pleasure to live in a convent as a penitent. However, as she finds peace and salvation in her new life, the monk is tormented by his repressed desires and lust for her, ultimately leading to his own spiritual downfall. The novel explores themes of desire, faith, and the destructive power of obsession.

    The 1060th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Penguin Island

    "Penguin Island" is a satirical novel that tells the story of a fictional land, Penguin Island, which is mistakenly baptized by a nearsighted missionary monk who believes the penguins are people. The novel then traces the history of this civilization, drawing parallels with French history and satirizing its politics, religion, and social mores. The narrative also incorporates elements of fantasy, such as penguins transforming into humans, and uses these elements to critique and lampoon human society and its institutions.

    The 1442nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Red Lily

    "The Red Lily" is a novel that explores the complexities of love and social status through the lives of its characters, set against the backdrop of Paris and Florence. The story follows the passionate but tumultuous relationship between a beautiful woman disillusioned by her mundane aristocratic life and a politically ambitious man. As they seek fulfillment and freedom, their paths intersect with various characters from different social strata, revealing the moral and emotional dilemmas of the fin de siècle society. The narrative delves into themes of love, betrayal, and the search for personal identity amidst the rigid expectations of society.

    The 5836th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Opinions Of Jerome Coignard

    This book presents a collection of philosophical and satirical essays that delve into the musings and reflections of the titular character, a learned but somewhat dissolute priest. Through his eyes, readers are treated to a critique of society, religion, and human nature, all conveyed with a blend of cynicism and humor. The character's erudition and wit make for engaging discourse on various subjects, from morality to the mundane, offering a rich tapestry of thoughts that mirror the complexities of life. The work stands as a testament to the author's skill in weaving together insightful commentary with entertaining narrative, inviting readers to ponder the deeper nuances of existence and belief.

    The 8248th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Elm Tree On The Mall

    This book is a collection of philosophical tales and essays that delve into the complexities of human nature, society, and morality. Through the central metaphor of an elm tree located on a mall, which serves as a silent observer to the unfolding human dramas around it, the author explores themes of love, justice, faith, and the pursuit of truth. The narrative weaves together the lives of various characters, each representing different facets of society, and through their interactions and reflections, the book offers a profound commentary on the human condition and the eternal search for meaning and beauty in life.

    The 9644th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. My Friend's Book

    This narrative delves into the complexities of friendship, intellectual pursuit, and the often blurred lines between reality and the world of books. Through the lens of a protagonist who becomes deeply engrossed in his friend's literary work, the story explores themes of obsession, the impact of literature on life, and the profound connections that can form through shared intellectual endeavors. As the protagonist navigates his relationship with his friend and the book, readers are invited to reflect on the power of written words to shape our perceptions, relationships, and understanding of the world around us.

    The 10506th Greatest Book of All Time