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Les Fourmis (French) Paperback – May 16 1991


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Albin Michel Littérature (May 16 1991)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2226052577
  • ISBN-13: 978-2226052575
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.9 x 15.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #898,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pendant les quelques secondes nécessaires pour lire cette seule phrase vont naître sur terre quarante humains mais surtout sept cents millions de fourmis. Depuis plus de cent millions d'années avant nous, elles sont là, réparties en légions, en cités, en empires sur toute la surface du globe. Iles ont créé une civilisation parallèle, bâti de véritables royaumes, inventé les armes les plus sophistiquées, conçu tout un art de la guerre et de la cité que nous sommes loin d'égaler, maîtrisé une technologie stupéfiante. Elles ont leur propre Attila, Christophe Colomb, Jules César, Machiavel ou Léonard de Vinci. Le jour des fourmis approche. Le roman pas comme les autres nous dit pourquoi et nous plonge de manière saisissante dans un univers de crimes, de monstruosités, de guerres tel que nous n'en avons jamais connu. Au-delà de toute imagination. Il nous fait entrer dans le monde des infra¬terrestres. Attention où vous mettrez les pieds. Après avoir lu ce roman fascinant, vous risquez de ne plus regarder la réalité de la même manière.

About the Author

Bernard Werber, romancier, journaliste scientifique reconnu ; il parcourt depuis quinze ans tous les dédales de la civilisation des fourmis. Il en connaît tous les recoins et tous les secrets.

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By pierre guenette on Sept. 24 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surprenant, mirobolant et une pluie de superlatifs!
Un livre intelligent, magnifiquement ficelé. D'une construction inusité, ce roman est à la fois une excitante histoire dans le monde merveilleux des insectes et un traité philosophique et didactique.
Le parralèle du monde des fourmis à celui des humains avec comme trame d'unité l'Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu est un coup de génie. Bernard Werber nous informe, nous divertit et nous oblige à réfléchir: sublime alliage. Une entrée délectable à la trilogie des fourmis. Un "must" dans toutes les bonnes bibliothèques. Après avoir lu ce livre, je ne vois plus le monde des insectes du même oeil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvie Girard on July 24 2004
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Assez bizarre d'avoir des fourmis comme personnage principal!!! Mais on s'y habitue assez vite et en plus d'avoir une histoire captivante, ce livre porte à la réflexion sur soi, sur la place de l'humain dans l'univers.....doit être lu!!!
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By Alberte Dugas on Aug. 11 2013
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Délai intéressant et bonne qualité du produit. Livre en très bon état je le recommanderais à d'autres sans hésiter. Très satisfaisant
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merveilleux!!! July 24 2004
By Sylvie Girard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Assez bizarre d'avoir des fourmis comme personnage principal!!! Mais on s'y habitue assez vite et en plus d'avoir une histoire captivante, ce livre porte à la réflexion sur soi, sur la place de l'humain dans l'univers.....doit être lu!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"fourmis"-dable Oct. 9 2011
By H. F. Gibbard - Published on Amazon.com
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This French sci-fi thriller consists of three intertwined narrative segments: 1) a fascinating storyline about intelligent ants who think, emote, build cities, and communicate using pheromones; (2) a not-so-interesting story about humans disappearing down a mysterious tunnel whose relationship to the ants is not revealed until the last chapter; and (3) reproductions of a purported encyclopedia called "the Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge," created by one of the human characters.

The "ant" story is by far the most interesting. The ant characters behave like real ants, but have intelligence and personality (though they are given numbers instead of names). The story is told from the perspective of workers, drones, warriors, and even a queen. The ants have some fascinating adventures, all told from an "ant's eye view." The effect is a little bit like the rabbits in Richard Adams' Watership Down: A Novel. But where Adams' rabbits behaved mostly like English country folk, these ants have mysterious and exotic habits and attitudes. They are highly warlike, and their cities bear odd Asian-sounding names. The chambers where their queens live are known as "Forbidden Cities," further strengthening the exotic "Oriental" feel of their society. Werber does a fascinating job of rendering the ants' point of view, their civilization, and the many hazards they face.

The "human" story is not as compelling. It begins with a cliche: a man inherits a strange old house from his uncle. Soon he disappears down a mysterious tunnel in the back of the house built by its previous occupants. He is followed by more and more characters who simply disappear down the tunnel, including firemen and policemen, giving the narrative the feel of a children's book--remember the spider who swallowed a fly? We don't find out what's up with the tunnel until near the end of the book, when its secret hardly seems to have been worth waiting for, and doesn't add much to the "ant" saga. The whole "tunnel" thing seems to have been a set-up for a sequel.

Finally, the Encyclopedia segments are somewhat interesting. The human character who wrote them has some interesting ideas about philosophy and falls in the long French tradition of attempting both to codify knowledge and share philosophical (and sometimes subversive) theories about the world and society. But I think the reader will enjoy the "ant" story best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Les fourmis Sept. 24 2002
By pierre guenette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surprenant, mirobolant et une pluie de superlatifs!
Un livre intelligent, magnifiquement ficelé. D'une construction inusité, ce roman est à la fois une excitante histoire dans le monde merveilleux des insectes et un traité philosophique et didactique.
Le parralèle du monde des fourmis à celui des humains avec comme trame d'unité l'Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu est un coup de génie. Bernard Werber nous informe, nous divertit et nous oblige à réfléchir: sublime alliage. Une entrée délectable à la trilogie des fourmis. Un "must" dans toutes les bonnes bibliothèques. Après avoir lu ce livre, je ne vois plus le monde des insectes du même oeil.
PierreGuénette-CPC
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book July 24 2012
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Tbis is amazing book. Great content. Human beings can learn a lot from everything that surrounds them. A good thriller. Really educational.


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