Taide Anatole France


Published: 2001


191 pages


Taide  by  Anatole France

Taide by Anatole France
2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 191 pages | ISBN: | 6.22 Mb

Thaïs is a novel by Anatole France published in 1890. Its based on events in the life of Saint Thaïs of Egypt, a legendary convert to Christianity whos said to have lived in the 4th century. It was the inspiration for the opera of the same name by Jules Massenet.In those days the hermits of the desert lived in huts on the banks of the Nile, where they lived abstemious lives, taking no food till after sunset, & eating nothing but bread with a little salt & hyssop. They lived in temperance & chastity- they wore a hair shirt & a hood, slept on the bare ground after long watching, prayed, sang psalms, &, in short, spent their days in works of penitence.

As an atonement for original sin, they refused their body not only all pleasures & satisfactions, but even that care & attention which in this age are deemed indispensable. They believed that the diseases of our members purify our souls, & the flesh could put on no adornment more glorious than wounds & ulcers. It was a good & virtuous life. It was also fairly smelly. One day a desert hermit named Paphnutius was recalling the hours he had lived apart from God, & examining his sins one by one, that he might the better ponder on their enormity, he remembered that hed seen at the theatre at Alexandria a very beautiful actress named Thaïs.

Repenting his bothood lust for her, he saw he countenance weeping, & resolved that the courtesan must necessarily be brought to salvation. It was a terrible mistake, & one that still haunts us all.THAÏS a dryly tongue-in-cheek novel of spiritual enormity from Anatole France, winner of the Nobel Price for Literature.

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