Last week, I noted that The Immoralist “caused a scandal” on its first publication in Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of. Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I experienced the text. It is disturbing, upsetting even, to read. Why? In Homos in , Leo. Book reviews that go beyond a simple review but are insights on thoughts, feelings and the magic of books. The Immoralist by Andre Gide.

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On André Gide’s The Immoralist () | Fiction and Film for Scholars of France

And again I ended by enjoying the dissimulation itself, savoring it as I savored the functioning of my unsuspected faculties. Trivia About The Immoralist. And because of all that accoutrement I would have to stay well perked up rather than lean comfortably against the back of the velvety sofa. It is a gross exaggeration of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, prevalent at the turn of the century, that “Neo-Kantians tried to remain as detached as possible from the troubles of real life and had as much interest in it as the algebraist has for the object of his calculations.

Sincesubsequent to a lasting and ferocious attack on philosophy, mostly existentialism, and reading many as in many, manybooks, this one superior and outstanding novel has been my FAVORITE book. Immorallst, it does show you where it all came from. Proponents of Africanism and Orientalism view the peoples and the cultures of Africa and Asia respectively through a Eurocentric lens. Main menu Skip to primary content. What Gide’s story lacks inmoralist sensationalism is fulfilled by his descriptive prose, which evokes the exotic nature of Michel’s inner and outer journey: It is not a question of weariness- I no longer understand anything.

His want was the gifted Marc Allegret, then 15, with whom he started a long relationship in View all 14 comments. When Michel takes his journey into self-knowledge and decides to follow his desires at the expense of his wife and his fortune, to shun gids society and intellectual work and to enact his fantasies with so many underage men, he poses serious problems.


So it is with ‘The Immoralist’ I dislike Michel, the narrator and central character of the book, but I am persuaded that everything he does in the book is, for him, unavoidable.

What unravels instead, is a sublime subconscious, torturous confrontation, an unwanted, unspoken clash of instinct and reason. The story is told in the first-person, as a story within a immoralixt. The work by Gide traverses through murky and obscure alleys of the mind, sometimes revealing those thoughts which lay concealed but which can readily surface without alarm if unrestrained, thereby posing a peril to the widely accepted or personal notions of morality.

giide He has a reputation for being disaffected with society, and this reputation attracts Michel. That would have been about kmmoralist years after it was published and about two years before Picasso started distorting eyes and mouths and jaws and limbs in his painted prostitutes.

Otherwise the idea of a scantly clad man on a beach might now immoralixt images of overweight tourists cooking themselves into red lobsters under a charring sun. At first, perhaps, this necessity for falsehood cost me a little effort; but I soon came to understand that the things that are reputed worst lying, to mention only one are only difficult to do as long as one has never done them; but that they become—and very quickly too—easy, pleasant and agreeable to do over again, and soon even natural.

Important points of Michel’s story are his recovery from tuberculosis ; his attraction to a series of Arab boys and to his estate caretaker’s son; and the evolution of a new perspective on life and society.

The protagonist, Michel, is captivated by healthy and strikingly handsome boys and young men, and of those young men, he is attracted to those who are most rugged and handsome, with their own secrets, or the most dissolute. When weread it, was is discomforting is in part our implicit, practical sense of the discrepancies between dispositions we have and the dispositions the book strikes us as calling for—dispositions that might be both historically and culturally distant, and yet also too close for comfort.


The book begins with a suppressed young dutiful intellectual and ends with a despairing debauched and self-deluded libertine. In truth, his first type of character the scholar was shaped by his family environment, just as his second type of character was shaped by his great desire to re-invent and not truly find himself.

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Two interesting questions the second being an extension of the immoraist emerge from all this about why it might be interesting to read and teach The Immoralist today. It’s never splashed with [holy] fluids. So, this book, despite its theme on homosexuality, should not be brand or worse, mock, as another gay lit book. A dramatized version of “The Immoralist” reached Broadway in and is listed among the 10 best plays of the season.

Absolutely stunning portrayal of a French Catholic repressive confronting his homo sexuality at the turn of last century. Andre Gide’s small confession is a key work of French modernism.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Either, neither, or both? They give the appearance of living, yet they immlralist seem to know that they are alive.

But the recovery of Marceline again prompts Michel towards self indulgence. Customers who bought this item also bought. Apr 19, knig rated it really liked it Shelves: Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of your knowledge about a book from Wikipedia and gise scraps of knowledge on the internet.

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