This morning I finished reading ‘The Revolt of the Angels, Anatole France’s satirical novel based on a potential re-run of the Christian idea of the war in Heaven between the evil angels of Satan and those of St Michael on the side of good.
Fallen angels are brought to life in cities ancient and modern, and consort with human beings.
We begin with a mysterious chaos in an historic library and follow the tale through the next two hundred years. I will reveal no more of the story, save to say that it is written in the author’s usual flowing prose as ably translated by Mrs Wilfrid Jackson. Mine is the first illustrated edition, produced by The Bodley Head in 1924.
As regular readers will expect, the illustrations are by the estimable Frank C. Papé.
Here are the front board, and
the end papers.
There are the usual 12 plates worthy of close perusal,
and the vignettes at the ends of chapters. I have included a sample of these.
This afternoon I watched the BBC transmission of the Six Nations rugby match between Scotland and Wales.
I settled down to a recording of the England/Italy game after we dined on pizza and salad.