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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View all 4 comments. Oct 07, Mr. He talks to Michel about his views, greatly influencing the development of Michel’s new ideological doctrine. A dramatized version of “The Immoralist” reached Broadway in and is listed among the 10 best plays of the season.

Rather, Michel perfects his taste for the immoral while interacting with the uncouth French peasants that manage his estates.

At best, or at worst, this is the story of a turn-of-the-century bisexual, not a gay man. See 1 question about The Immoralist…. Your email address will not be published. I had forgotten I was alone, forgotten the time, expecting nothing.

Filled with similarities of Gide’s own life, it is the story of Michel, who, during three years of travel in Europe and North Africa, tries to rise above good and evil and allow his passions including his attraction to young Arab boys free rein; in doing so, he neglects his wife, Marceline, who eventually dies of tuberculosis. And the problem is that it’s just a little bit sketchy, and has a lot igde rough edges.

The Immoralist makes us newly aware of our boundaries, asks us to redraw them — and brings into question why we have them in the first place.

Andre Gide – ‘The Immoralist’

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, gidr 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 immoralis favors, a huge percentage of visual artists and intellectuals were snobby and pretentious, too many innocent people died in pools of blood in foreign countries, and all of this was immensely frustrating to me.


He is trying too ha This is a strange tale, almost a parable. But the last yide saying: Gide’s career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist imkoralist, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

Michel grows restless even after she begins to recover in Switzerland, with the result that he drags her through Italy, back to North Africa, as her health slowly fails, until finally she dies in Touggourt. The conflict within Michel is not only that of morality v.

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The Immoralist immorakist inpublished inone of his best-known works, deals with the unhappy consequences of amoral hedonism. There is nothing more tragic, for someone who has faced death, than a long convalescence. I found this book haunting, sublime and wicked. 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.

View all 25 comments. In many ways, Michel is rather the stereotype of the predatory gay man who leads a secretive existence—an existence that one is decreasingly likely to encounter give than in the most dangerous of environments, or among those men whose circumstances compel them to a double-life hidden from gidde, or among the religious. Beautifully written and a view into the world that this story had an impact on.

But i,moralist is precisely the point. What was really painful was the ugliness of my surroundings. After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed and she loses much of her mental vigor.


English translation Original Language: Lists with This Book. Much more interestingly, his battle with tuberculosis forces his mind to reconcile with the body it inhabits, and through the disease Michel becomes immorailst to bodily sensations and, perhaps, stops seeing the mind and body as separate things.

He slowly recovers and the couple leave North Africa through Tunis. A If you are a bisexual, will you marry?

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To do so, he sacrifices wife, career, and wealth. Its a prime example of primordialist literature, and it provides a good insight into the major new thought movement that helped lead the crowds into World War I. One person found this helpful. Get to Know Us.

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.

Before she dies, she comments on the new doctrine that has taken hold of Immroalist and how there is no place for her within said doctrine. To become fully human, men must have courage to kill the Immoraist that has infected the freedom of their will. A young Frenchman marries a young woman and anticipates a wonderful life.

Andre married to please his parents and did not have sex with his wife. To his credit, he nurses and cares for an ailing wife in the same manner that she tended him during his own bout with dangerous illness, and then slinks off to join the company he prefers at night while she rests.