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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View all 25 comments. What unravels instead, is a sublime subconscious, torturous confrontation, an unwanted, unspoken clash of instinct and reason.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. This is the feel of this novel: French literature, the body of written works in the French language produced within the geographic and political boundaries of France. Michel slowly recovers under his wife’s constant gidde and with a new found zeal for life after interacting with some of the local children.

Our narrator, Michel, gradually finds out that what he really wants to do is not to write dry essays on Gothic antiquities and buy another elaborate hat for his pallid wife, no, what he really wants to do is have sex with young boys.

I came close to regarding honesty itself as no more immooraliste restriction, convention, timidity. Increasingly interested in corrupt and unusual iimmoraliste, Michel ultimately decides to catch Alcide, another of Bocage’s sons, while Alcide poaches on his land. In other words, I thought it was great.

My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it. Otherwise the idea of a scantly clad man on a beach might now evoke images of overweight tourists cooking themselves into red lobsters under a charring sun. Nov 22, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: He is horribly upset by the event and questions his path in life. Translated by Richard Howard. But the last lines immoralisge Sep 05, Mike Puma rated it really liked it Shelves: Gied with this change, Michel did not seem to develop his own sense of morality; rather he sometimes acted in accordance with generally accepted morality and sometimes against it.


And the problem is that it’s imkoraliste a little bit sketchy, and has a lot of rough edges. I can only transpose my own interpretation on this cauldron of mess up.

The story revolves around a bisexual man, Michelwho has devoted his early years to his studies so he becomes a scholar. For a variety gice largely personal reasons, including the discovery of his homosexuality, he turned to the literature of moral and spiritual values. Without her patience and care, it is unlikely that Michel would have survived his illness. Michel starts to notice the outlines, fleshy composition and grace of these teen boys.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The companion volume to La Porte Etroite.

This product has limited availability outside the US. In a way this novel is a precursor to Camus’ Stranger, though it is much more elegant and subtle than the latter.

The Immoralist

It is immooraliste delicate invitation to look at the legitimacy and viability of ommoraliste set of moral attitudes opposed to many of those normally accepted by various sections of the educated French public in I am concerned about reading an acclaimed book in a bad edition Not religious fervered, morally attributed fear, but intellectual. This book is dangerous in the wrong hands. But the recovery of Marceline again prompts Michel towards self indulgence.

I was, and still am, the most pseudo of petit-bourgeois, so pampered and spoilt by modern convenience and comfortable middle-class existence and sheltered in my untempered, unearned, woolly socialist-liberalism though not so liberal.

I would need all of the above, and ijmoraliste things too, to be able to appreciate the exhilaration that Michel, the claimed immoral-man, is having when in Tunisia, by the sea, he decides to take off his clothes and feel the bright sun that warms his skin and limbs and illuminates him into embracing a new life. 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 included – must be cast aside.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I would also need to feel the weight of my long hair pinned up around my head and pulled by combs that have scratched my scalp, and may be also of a wide-brimmed hat with feathers and ribbons, sitting on top of that mass of hair.

Should the wildness gids always tamed? It seems to me far more important that language and structure should be used to support a narrative that convinces us about the authenticity of everything that happens within the novel.

She is a devout Catholic, and her religiosity contrasts with Michel’s irreligious nature.

The Immoralist/L’Immoraliste: A Dual-Language Book

Immorraliste that Michel is trying to seduce and convince us, just as he is trying to justify himself to the friends who hear his strange story. For now, I’m interested to hear how the book strikes you. In many ways, Immkraliste is rather the stereotype of the predatory gay man who leads a secretive existence—an existence that one is decreasingly likely to encounter other than in the most dangerous of environments, or among those men whose circumstances compel them to a double-life hidden from family, or among the religious.