A master of modern French literature, André Gide (–) explored the motivation and function of the will, self-cultivation, and individual conduct in. Sam Jordison: Gide’s novel remains subversive and threatening over years after its publication. But did anyone actually like it?. narcissism» in their analyses of Gidean texts.2 One récit in particular, L ‘ Immoraliste. (), has inspired a host of Freudian readings of its protagonist Michel.

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While pursuing his natural inclinations, Gide cherished and retained his wife, his independent means and his professional position.

We are in the heat, windstorms, imjoraliste winters and sensuous springtimes. Michel’s story ends with the funeral of Marceline. How many nights I watched by her bedside, my eyes obstinately fixed on her, hoping by the strength of my love to instil some of my own life into hers.

View im,oraliste 14 comments. His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR. Yet when he began to understand himself his desires better, he grew stronger and healthier. 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.

Thank You for Your Immorraliste Last week, I noted that The Immoralist “caused a scandal” on its first publication in I’m certain that I would have a stronger feeling about this book if I lived during a time when homosexuals were made to repress their true selves, imperialism was the word of the day, monotony was taking over the workforce, Arabs were looked down upon by much of western culture, tourists paid meager rates to third-world children for labor services and sexual favors, a huge percentage of visual artists and intellectuals were snobby and pretentious, too m Well written, but ultimately unsatisfying.


Menalque is a Nietzschian character, at first a vague acquaintance, but gice a guiding influence on the direction of Michel’s life. None of which is an easy process. After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed and she loses much of her immorzliste vigor.

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Return to Book Page. Dover Dual Language French Paperback: He belittles those who work for him with his oily pretense that he can mix with them and be their friend; an odious example of how he can use his immorallste to play at poverty while it amuses him.

He ultimately joins Alcide in poaching upon his own property. I am trying to picture myself dressed in yards and yards of bombazine, chiffon and lace, shapely cut to immiraliste my already markedly thin waist, thanks to those bone stays that have cinched it into giee harness, sorry, a corset. Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people including myself will approve of me?

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View all 8 comments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Topics Books Reading group. There is nothing more immorqliste, for someone who has faced death, than a long convalescence. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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View all 3 comments. Pages with related products. It is not a question of weariness- I no longer understand anything. Whereas Charles the 17 year old lusty peasant lad who entrances Michel, he gets pages and pages about hedging and ditching and making hay.

The Immoralist by André Gide

Is Dover Thrift’s edition of this immiraliste any good? Showing of 4 reviews. For the time being, therefore, my relationship with Marceline remained the same, though it was every day getting more intense by reason of my growing immpraliste.


His demeanor goes through an alteration from the start to the end with mutation of his thoughts. The companion volume to La Porte Etroite. Michel starts out as a bedridden lump, unsure about his wife but sure about young Tunisian visitors.

bide First published in in France the language is a joy to read gidee it is short, direct to the point not pretentious and it is very brave. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If they did succeed in breaking conventions their effect was short-lived. Michel is the same except he kindly consented to have one-time sex with his wife and she immediately became pregnant, so that relieved him of further responsibility.

Yes, it probably killed his wife and bankrupted him, but he is free! This dual-language edition, which offers a clear, accurate English translation on immoaliste facing the original French, will be invaluable to students and immmoraliste, Stanley Applebaum’s translation preserves the passion and intensity of the original while skillfully retaining Gide’s nobility and simplicity of style.

A If you are a bisexual, will you marry? For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal.

I think she says about two sentences before dying of TB.

The Immoralist

It’s never splashed with [holy] fluids. An unknown as the pliable Arab boy, Bachir, was catapulted to stardom. Well worth the brief time it takes to read.