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 Andre Gide. And the problem is that it’s just a li I think my problem with this book is that I’ve heard this all before. At that point, Michel was happy; he still had a framework of morality through which to understand and direct his life. This page was last edited on 2 Augustat It reminded me of that imkoralist in the mid to late s, where people felt that they no longer had to be hypocritcal, and that they should impose whatever the felt at immoralizt time on all of those around them, regardless if it destroyed relationships or workplace atmospheres.
He is a paedophile; he subjects his wife to endless travelling as she moves closer to death; he cares nothing for the tenants of the land he inherited from his father. If we think about 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 and reached their hands.
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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it.
And this is what makes the fibre Absolutely stunning portrayal of a French Catholic repressive confronting his homo sexuality at the turn of last century. Don’t hide just for her to agree in marrying you. Once in France, Michel meets frustrations.
He gets well, after his wife regularly gie young good-looking boys to their house to play with Michel. For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal.
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Read more Read less. The companion volume to La Porte Etroite. Gidf point, here, being that this book compels demands one to think. Recommended to Jaidee by: His appreciation for youths turns to taboo encounters of the most predatory kind.
While traveling to Tunis with his new bride, the Parisian scholar Michel is overcome by tuberculosis.
The Immoralist by Andre Gide
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 fide his fantasies with so many underage men, he poses serious problems. The Immoralist contains the clear suggestion that it was 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.
I can only transpose my own interpretation on this cauldron of imnoralist up. Is the misogyny so overt that we can hold the text to be self-conscious about it?
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. Also, most of the early reviews appear to have been favourable — not least give they were generally written by friends of Gide’s. Want to Read saving….
Yes, it probably killed his wife and bankrupted him, but he is free! And we claim to love life. This novel said it a long time before they did, and it got blasted for it. If those respectable men in suits had known about the Nietzschean assertions that were being put forward at my table — the declarations that the strong must have primacy over the weak; the obsessing over beautiful and economically vulnerable boys — if they had known about Michel they might well have been horrified.
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Refresh and try again. He has grown bored and lonely in his new surroundings and desires to be reintegrated with society. One of those friends solicits job search assistance for Michel by including in a letter to Monsieur D.
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The existential thought is the basis of Existentialist literature as Sartre used to maintain- man defines his life himself and must take responsibility to live his life accordingly. Which it is not. It is not an accusation or an apology which Gide gives hint of, but an indescribable picture of what it is… the inexplicable immorallst.
The story is told in the first-person, as a story within a frame.
It certainly influenced Maugham. Does a care shown with indifference stand the same trial as immorality? Jan 02, Rakhi Dalal rated it really liked it Shelves: He takes his wife on a trip to the Alpswhere she is to recover. Gide did not give any qualms in tackling the subject that could be a taboo during that time when the world was not as open-minded as it is now.
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