This book is a rather strange experience There is the human part where describing the protagonists as cardboard characters would in fact be flattering They are like strokes of chalk on the sideboard useless tropey completely forgettable in a plot that most of the time doesn t even make sense 1 star and that s being generousThen there is the ant part which is grandiose What Tchaikovsky did for spiders in Children of Time Werber does for the ants He takes their biological features and describes a believable insight into the ant society with some possible developments that feel true to their nature I could kiss him for that And would ust love to forget that there was a human plot I literally raced through the book cause I was so sucked into the ant story So good There is no need to go and invent alien societies the most fascinating and alien to us are right in front of our eyes Readers who love Children of Time should give
the ant plot a try and ust skip the human part LOVED this book Would read it again Not for ant plot a try and ust skip the human part LOVED this book Would read it again Not for story as much for the introspectionToo many good uotes but here is oneNature with all due respect to Mr Darwin does not evolve in the direction of the supremacy of the best according to which criteria anyway Nature draws its s Someone s comment on the Empire of the Ants today sent me back into my archives when I was reviewing books for Speak Magazine in the mid 90s I actually found the reviewA literary novel a thriller and science fiction in the literal sense this is the incredible first novel by French scientific ournalist Bernard Werber It weaves together the story of a man and his family who inherit an apartment following the mysterious death of an eccentric uncle with the tale of a colony of russet ants Bel o kan part of a vast and complex empire situated in a suburb of Paris Before long the strangeness the beautiful structure and high drama of events on the miniature plane take the novel over altogether rendering the events on the human scale a distant second in interest and suspense To call this a portrayal of ant civilization fascinating would understate the marvel of their novel The workings of Bel o kan its genius history and great wars are introduced to us through three ant protagonists the 327th male numbered from the year s hatch out the 56th female and the 103683rd soldier Their adventures encounters with natural predators mating flights interspecies wars and their ingenious adaptive solutions present a highly energetic and innovative society of beings different from us in every way yet eually if not successful at occupying the world under our feet The pleasures of the Empire of the Ants are literary as well as informational A mystery at the heart of Bel o kan is discovered by Werber s three tiny protagonists a conspiracy whose secret is know only to the ueen and ultimately links the ant story with the human portion of the taleDeft suspenseful elegant Bernard Werber s novel explores the world from the alien perspective of a colony insect an endeavor highly appropriate to the relativism at the end of the 20th Century a time of a Copernican revolution of consciousness when the hunan race is uestioning its own species centric view of the planet How can we expect to communicate with aliens from deep space or even recognize them the book s theme suggests when we cannot yet understand one another let alone the other dominate planetary civilization coexisting with us on every patch of earth An amazing life sized account of ants going about their business crossing the gap between social insects and social readers Dangerously immersive and rewarding in every way G niale mise en situation hauteur de fourmi tr s immersif et enrichissant Here is a case of two distinct stories foolishly and needlessly bound together The one that deals with ants is truly eye opening At first I suspected Mr Werber a Frenchie of severely embellishing some
OF THE ATTRIBUTES GIVEN TO THEthe attributes given to the species discussed their incessant warfare with each other their proclivity for farming and their ability to engage in sophisticated communication dare I say language It turns out the author was only slightly exaggerating The other story the one with humans is lacking in both believability and depth Now it may be the case Mr Werber did this purposefully to showcase the relative sophistication of ant civilization but I doubt it The Huguenot constructed escape tunnel underneath the house that later becomes the world s premiere center for human ant civilizational exchange yes they do end up talking to each other is for lack of a better word ridiculous So too is the fumbling unrealistic police investigation into the disappearance of a dozen or so people into this tunnel Once you add in the ailing grandma who transforms into a lissome rat killing wonderwoman you really want the story to ust stick to the ironically human characters the ants Despite the shortcomings I would recommend Empire of the Ants if only because it makes you realize that ants are anything but primitive creatures and that they will be here long after we ve nuked ourselves Oh and it s an easy readThree Favorite Passages1You ust had to wait and the terrified game would enmesh itself without any assistance Such was the first precept of spider philosophy There is no better combat techniue than to wait for your enemy to destroy himself2 SKELETON Is it better to have the skeleton on the inside or the outside of the body When the skeleton is on the outside it forms a protective shell The flesh is safe from external dangers but it becomes flabby almost liuid and when something sharp manages to pierce the shell irreparable damage is done When th. 1991 წლის მარტში როდესაც წიგნი გამოვიდა ისეთი შთაბეჭდილება მქონდა როგორიც შეიძლება ქათამს ჰქონდეს კვერცხის დადების შემდეგ კვერცხი თორმეტ წელიწადს იჩეკებოდა რომანის წერა თექვსმე?.
Bernard Werber ☆ 4 Free readAbout ants I can fully appreciate the way Werber mixes facts with fiction and wove a believable story from the ants perspective The empire or should I say empires are full of individual stories taking into account what is to be part of millions of others with responsibilities and expectations given by nature worker future ueen warrior scout and yet have individual needs It would be easy to think the Werber s ability to tell a story from an ant s perspective stops there Still it goes beyond the personal narrative It grows into a community with detailed descriptions of communication desires histories wars
PAST FUTURE HOW TIME IS PERCEIVED AND MANAGED TEMPERATUREfuture how time is perceived and managed temperature me when it is 20 Celsius how duties go and how a rebellion can come out of necessity and secrets and by accident Not to mention healthcare and problems with parasites and wasps and termitesAll that makes this book fantastic read stepping in depth into the consciousness of the creature another than human But unfortunately there is a but the book falls short with its human characters and the story they go through It feels naive and out of tune with the complexity of the ants Okay some of it is deliberate giving as a mirror of our shortcomings yet the occasional emotionless and childlike dialogue feels forced making the characters seem thin Still as I write this review I feel that it was the mystery involving the humans keeping my curiosity up and the story compelling despite its lack of depth compared to the ants It is no wonder as our human brain is drawn to need to understand and know why and what is happening Unfortunately the mystery was better than the actual ending I was a bit disappointed Now before you file this book to maybe or won t be reading pile because of the ending I have to say the ourney was worth it Werber nailed seeing the world from another perspective both the ants and outsider Edmond WellsEdmond Wells is a dead uncle who leaves his house to his sister s kid in his will and there the story will begin Following his encyclopedia entries and scattered thoughts which are one of my favorite parts Here are a couple of uotes from himTOTALITARIANISM People are interested in ants because they think they have managed to create a successful totalitarian system Certainly the impression we get from the outside is that everyone in the anthill works everyone is obedient everyone is ready to sacrifice and everyone is the same And for the time being all human totalitarian systems have failedThat is why we thought of copying social insects like Napoleon whose emblem was the bee The pheromones that flood the anthill with global information have an euivalent in the planetary television of today There is a widespread belief that if the best is made available to all one day we will end up with a perfect human raceThat is not
the way of thingsnature with all due respectway of thingsNature with all due respect Mr Darwin does not evolve in the direction of the supremacy of the best according to which criteria anyway Nature draws its strength from diversity It needs all kinds of people good bad mad desperate sporty bed ridden hunch backed hare lipped happy sad intelligent stupid selfish generous small tall black yellow red and white It needs all religions philosophies fanaticisms and wisdom The only danger is that any one species may be eliminated by anotherIn the past fields of maize artificially designed by men and made up of clones of the best heads the ones that need least water are most frost resistant or produce the best grains have suddenly succumbed to trivial infections while fields of wild maize made up of several different strains each with its own peculiar strengths and weaknesses have always managed to survive epidemicsNature hates uniformity and loves diversity It is in this perhaps that its essential genius liesSOMETIMES WHEN Sometimes when I go for a walk in the summer I notice I have almost stepped on a kind of fly I look at it closely and see that it is a ueen ant If there is one there are thousands They writhe into car windshields When they are exhausted they lose all control of their flight How many cities have been annihilated by windshield wipers on a summer road THE TIME OF CONSPIRATORS The most widespread system of organization among human beings is a complex hierarchy of administrators powerful men and women who supervise or rather manage smaller creative groups whose work is then appropriated by commercial personnel in the name of distribution The administrative creative and commercial personnel make up the three castes that nowadays correspond to ant workers soldiers and reproductive forms The struggle between Stalin and Trotsky two early twentieth century Russian leaders is a marvelous illustration of the change from a system favoring the creative group to a system favoring the administrators Trotsky the mathematician and inventor of the Red Army was ousted by Stalin the conspirator A page had been turned It is uicker and easier to get ahead in society by exercising charm uniting assassins and putting out disinformation than by producing new ideas and things IT WAS LONG THOUGHT It was long thought that computers in general and artificial intelligence programs in particular would mingle human concepts and present them from a new angle In short electronics was expected to deliver a new philosophy But even when it is the same ideas produced by human imaginations It is a dead endThe best way to renew thought is to go outside the human imaginationSorry about the long uotes I got excited In all of them there is food for thought even if you don t agree with everything Anyway thank you for reading and have an antsy day Note without the agitation. ?ობის ერთ ერთი ყველაზე პოპულარული ავტორის ბერნარ ვერბერის სუპერბესტსელერის ჭიანჭველების ტრილოგიის პირველი წიგნი ჭიანჭველები გასაოცარი ამბებით სავსე მრავალწახნაგოვანი წიგნი ჭიანჭველებსა და ადამიანებზე. E skeleton forms only a fine rigid rod inside the body the uivering flesh is exposed to attack from all sides The injuries are many and permanent but it is precisely this apparent weakness that forces the muscle to grow hard and the fiber to resist The flesh evolves I have seen human beings who had forged intellectual armor to shield themselves from adversity They seemed stronger than most They said I couldn t care less and laughed at everything but when adversity managed to pierce their armor it caused terrible damage I have seen human beings suffer from the slightest adversity the slightest annoyance but still remain open minded and sensitive to every to everything learning something from each attack 3 OLD MAN In Africa people are sadder about the death of an old man than about that of a newborn baby The old man represented a wealth of experience that might have benefited the tribe whereas the newborn baby had not lived and could not even be aware of dying In Europe people are sad about the newborn baby because they think he might well have done wonderful things if he had lived On the other hand they pay little attention to the death of the old man who had already lived his life anyway Mixed emotions about this book The ants empire outstanding is like seeing a documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough who somehow managed to infiltrate himself into the ants life and became one of them The human part not convincing shallow lots of gapsYes the human characters are secondary still they are really laughable Especially in the end Not the technology part which was a brilliant idea but their choice Edmond the entomologist uncle after whose death the events are taking place is the only character with credibility As for the others I guess this part was written by a newborn ant with yet insufficient knowledge about human nature DIf you ignore the human interference the empire of the ants and their adventures will really blow your mind However I cannot relate to ust a part of the story I guess at the end I have found out the answer to the uestion in the book about the stupidity of mankind I found this book on my father s bookshelves when I was 7 years oldwhich was the time that I loved reading some short stories and read the first page of it I couldn t control my body I couldn t stop my hands from flipping the pages I couldn t stop my brain to stop reading this bookThe only thing I can say about this book is nothing It cannot close my wide opened mouth It is very astonishing And about the author too Bernard Werber always loved ants and he always tried to find out how they live how they get food how they interact with each other etc This book is the result of his experiments and notes from observing his ants I really love this book This is the book that made me love fictions and some non fictions This is the book that made me love Sherlock Holmes and other mystery novels This is the book that made me love science math english or your native language This is the book that made me love reading books I don t want to spoil any story for the next readers of this book I beg you to read this book either in English or your native language since this book is translated into many languages I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK 100% sure that you will get the story and also 99% sure that this book doesn t stop you from reading the next page always
Creates Suspense Thriller Andsuspense thriller and you
want to find out what happened next This is my 1to find out what happened next This is my 1 and I assume this book will be my 1 book always in my life ENI was mystified to learn that only the first volume of Bernard Werber s trilogy had been translated into English because this book has earned a place on my list of essential readings due to the changes it initiated in my way of perceiving the world The world of insects to be precise Empire of the Ants greatest strength is the huge amount of real and surprising facts about the little world that goes on unnoticed right under our nose facts that are made digestible by that goes on unnoticed right under our nose facts that are made digestible by inclusion in a captivating story which has a bit of everything mystery suspense philosophical pondering and even humor Until late in the narrative it s not even science fiction in the true sense of the term but rather a blend of reality and fantasy which preserves that necessary dose of credibility People who usually avoid SF literature should think twice lest they miss a fascinating and engaging read which might bring them plenty of discoveries and wonders Bernard Werber doesn t overdo A magnificent and fascinating story about another civilization on Earth ants An ingenious story with elements of science fiction an easy detective and a philosopher s essay The book is very interesting and fascinating it is read in one breath After reading you will learn many interesting facts about ants and their civilization for their 100 million years of evolution they have achieved much and in many respects are similar to people and even ahead of them Very interesting the author describes and compares two civilizations people and ants The book is worthy of the highest praise I recommend 100 I read books on Scribd and Google Books by Readlax Chrome Extension Wow those were the exact thoughts when I finished the book this time and back when I first read it over twenty years ago I love this book and I m sure I didn t fully understand it back then but the effect was the same This book is something different The book is written from three perspectives humans note the plural uncle Edmond and ants plural here as well The writer portrays ants and their dynamic with each other and the rest of the world so vividly that it swept me away Having now read a thing or two. ??ი წლის ასაკში დავიწყე და ოცდარვა წლისამ დავასრულე ყველაფერი რისი თქმაც მსურდაამ წიგნში იყო და მხოლოდ „ჭიანჭველების“ ავტორი მსურდა ვყოფილიყავი ეს იყო ჩემი ცხოვრების წიგნითანამედროვ?.