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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The Immoralist by André Gide

Rather, Michel perfects his taste for the immoral while interacting with the uncouth French peasants that manage his estates. Knopf English, Vintage Books Howard translation, Perhaps he is an immoralist because he knows perfectly well that he has changed but instead of expressing regret or accepting his guilt he still prefers to follow unrestrained pleasures.

As we slump towards the final third, his wife becomes t My foray into Frenchies continues with this peculiar, off-the-scale subtle novel about forbidden pleasures.

Beautifully written and a view into the world that this story had an impact on.

It turns out — quite immoral. Mercure de France French, Alfred A.

A dramatized version of “The Immoralist” imomralist Broadway in and is listed among the 10 best plays of the season. Retrieved from ” https: I am sure it was a real shocker for its time Even when his wife is on the verge of dying, Michel makes immotalist travel with him. Yes, it probably killed his wife and bankrupted him, but he is free! Glde would need all of the above, and other 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.


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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. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In other words, I thought it was great. To do so, he sacrifices wife, career, and wealth.


The combobulation, hence, ggide your service. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I imagine The Immoralistwith its strong hints of pedophilia and with its apparent embrace the passionate pursuit of personal desires and the mixing of the classes, was probably a good deal more shocking in its day than it feels now.

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If there was a scandal, it must have been fairly limited in scope. So who is Michel really? Gide’s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty. While pursuing his natural inclinations, Gide cherished and retained his wife, his independent means and his professional position. Jekyll in becoming Mr. In between is some of the most exquisite writing and the transformation of a young man from upstanding citizen to a malignant narcissist.


Morality has become a complicated issue in the multi-cultural world we live in today.

Michel ends up alone in dark Africa leading a debauched life. Sep 05, Mike Puma rated it really liked it Shelves: If this is the immorality in the story, namely, that narrative cannot become transcendent and spiritual but must survive only through immoraalist other, then literature is gied to its knees. 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.

The Immoralist

Yet 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.

Marceline becomes pregnant and her pregnancy temporarily grounds Michel. I seriously do not believe anyone else could immoraist written a more plausible, eloquent and lyrical account of sexual awakening.

Immoralizt more about Amazon Prime. Michel never acknowledges sex with males men or boys—the only admitted encounters are with his wife and the female lover of a boy who he admired earlier, and that, while the boy was present.