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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My dissimulation if that expression can be applied to the need I felt of protecting my thoughts from her judgmentmy very dissimulation increased that love. In Ijmoralist, Marceline nurses Michel back to health and his interest in life is rekindled by his fascination with the bodies of the young boys he saw around him there.

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. They felt equally that they were being true to themselves; that their rudeness was some how liberating.

The Immoralist

The Immoralist contains the clear suggestion that it immooralist meant to exist within, be active within, be taken up within, be troubling to, a certain French homosocial literary world, an exclusive and exclusionary space specific to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unlike the characters in, say, Lord of the Flies immorapist Heart of DarknessMichel reaches his state without leaving society. The point, here, being that this book compels demands one to think. Shortly after wedding Marceline, Michel and his wife go on their honeymoon to Tunis.


She does not complain about how she is treated by Michel or about Michel’s bizarre behavior.

Of note here is how Michel comes to his amoral or immoral final state. When Michel takes his journey into self-knowledge and decides to follow his desires at the expense of his wife and his fortune, to shun conventional society and intellectual work and to enact his fantasies with so many underage men, he poses serious problems. It is he who delivers the key sentence of the book when he says that: Marceline is an orphan, who lives with her brothers until she marries Michel. The young tender flesh was and is plentiful and all for sale at very reasonable prices, we understand.

Thematically, both books are wrestling with the following idea, quoted from Gide: Who Was David Foster Wallace?

The second, related, question has to do with thinking about a book such as The Immoralist as a social object. What if his whole being depends immroalist those stolen caresses and marked touches? To do so, he sacrifices wife, career, and wealth. But there are only nods and winks, and in a nod was as good as a wink to a blind horse.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

While in his sick bed, he meets a young handsome Arab boy and he begins to realize that he is a bisexual man. I found this book haunting, sublime and wicked.

So who is Michel really? What I like most about this book, what most struck me the first time through, is the description of how the narrator Michel comes to embrace sensuality. Marceline takes him to Biskra vide, Algeriawhere he may recover. I am trying to picture myself dressed in yards and yards of bombazine, chiffon and lace, shapely cut to follow my already markedly thin waist, thanks to those bone stays that have cinched it into a harness, sorry, a corset.


Dec 19, K. But he is not the one who ill-treats his wife, even after finding his new ways of joy.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He does not behave immorally and does not urge others to do so.

Andre Gide – ‘The Immoralist’

In other projects Wikiquote. Together they travel throughout the beautiful immoralkst of Italy, and later off of Michel’s inherited farm and land. 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.

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For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal. Michel marries a woman, and gidd to ill health does not consummate the marriage for a long time: Travelling around Europe and North Africa, rootless.