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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Reading group: A slap in the face from André Gide’s The Immoralist

As Dylanwolf noted, “the book is terrifying! In working out a modus Vivendi that could accommodate both his marriage and his homosexual adventures, he called on the un-Nietzschean but very Gidean quality of compromise. The book begins with gjde suppressed young dutiful intellectual and ends with a despairing debauched and self-deluded libertine.

Apr 19, knig rated it really liked it Shelves: The miscellaneous mass of acquired knowledge of every kind that has overlain the mind gets peeled off in places like a mask of paint, exposing the immodalist skin —the very flesh of the authentic creature that had lain hidden beneath it.

Beautiful in its writing, quiet in its execution, seductive in its message and destructive in its implications. September Learn immoalist and when to remove this template message.

Notify me of new posts by email. Showing of 57 reviews. Well worth the brief time it takes to read. Many have taken the search for true self and the journey of the narrator as an example, as though actions have no consequences. The book turned out not what it is expected to be, but not immorzlist disappointment.

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Marry if you feel that’s the right thing to do but please tell your girlfriend everything. If Michel is not going to die, then who is he other than a man who derives his being from being a patient, a man who draws attention and care from his wife, a man who needs understanding from his friends who hear his story? immoalist


Dead Rabbits Society – Philip J. Want to Yide Currently Reading Read. Marceline follows Michel on his travels, even when she eventually contracts tuberculosis. Retrieved from ” https: But, as he also discovers, freedom can be a burden. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

At best, or at w With a title like The Immoralistyou might expect something along the lines of Sade. Driven by inexplicable curiosityMichel, on recovering from his strange sickness, finds himself attracted to the vivacious health and effervescent beauty of a young Arab boy. Translated by Richard Howard. The Immoralist written inpublished inone of his best-known works, deals with the unhappy consequences of amoral hedonism. Once recovered, he realizes the importance iimmoralist being alive. Michel seems to be glorying in his account of immoralixt he freed himself from bourgeois restraint.

We are smitten to the periodic devotions to his wife, his superficial helpfulness to those in need, his appreciation of the underdogs of society and his rejection of snobbery and elitism.

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The self-justifying world that Michel now inhabits centres on the ruthless search for ‘authenticity’, which means that all the elements of his previous life – his wife immoraalist – must be cast aside. A land liberated from works of art. He is horribly upset by the event and questions his path in life. After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed and she loses much of her mental vigor. In this roman a clef, protagonist Michel commences asexual, evolved in his studies and if not exactly religious, than combobulated of religion.

And perhaps that is the basis of all our morality, ethics, belief systems etc. Gide’s prose is both sensual and dark; we know through Michel’s subtle ruminations and interactions that he is illicitly attracted to young boys. Translated from the French. Retrieved 22 September Reading this book is like reading gode gay-version of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. An unknown as the pliable Arab boy, Bachir, was catapulted to stardom.


It is he who delivers the key sentence of the book when he says that: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Gide goes further and adds twists that still make it hard to confer a judgment.

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The challenge for trained professionals, Bourdieu suggests, is to distinguish what their training encourages them to read into an object from the way the object would have been read or used in a less scholarly way by different kinds of readers around the time it was produced [9]. Perhaps the trouble that The Immoralist engendered came from its implicit sense that the world for which it was written was unstable and would soon disappear.

If we think gice contextualization as a dynamic process, and context as something subject to repeated negotiation, it is easy to understand how aspects of a work that may once have seemed too ordinary to stand out Michel as an orientalist, Michel as a misogynist, Michel as a citizen of a colonial power, Michel as a sexual tourist take on new relevance for select readers once it has traveled through space and time immiralist reached their hands.

Pillars of Salt Interlink World Fiction. Does a care shown with indifference stand the same trial as immorality? If there was a scandal, it must have been fairly limited in scope.