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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When we are growing children, we have so many fantasies of countless things, we have our own interpretations of the phenomena of nature, Imagination of a bearded old man dwelling in sky as God, Rain from sky as tears of angels, angry trees shedding leaves, fairies visiting only good children at night, and so many and many….

What is brilliant about ‘The Immoralist,’ is Gide’s refusal to centralize this topic; rather, he constantly pushes it to the margins in the same way that Michel’s unconscious remains obscure.

Andre Gide – ‘The Immoralist’

In “Corydon”Gide posited that, when it came to sex, gender wasn’t important. Reading ikmoralist book is like reading a gay-version of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. I had forgotten I was alone, forgotten the time, expecting nothing. This book is dangerous in the wrong hands. Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of your knowledge about a book from Wikipedia and loose scraps of knowledge on the internet.

His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

I did not seek to prove anything, but to paint and illuminate my canvas well. View all 39 comments. T 5 “satanic, provocative, deceptive” stars. 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.


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Reading group: A slap in the face from André Gide’s The Immoralist

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 truth, his first type of character the scholar was shaped by his family environment, just as his second type of character was shaped by his great desire to re-invent and not truly immoraliwt himself.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Thus, Gide becomes a Kantian after all. I need to feel the effort of breathing in, languidly, and the relief of breathing out before I can breathe gise again and hopefully catch the oxygen I did not quite get the previous time.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At best, immora,ist at w With a title like The Immoralistyou might expect something along the lines of Sade.

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.

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. He is recently married to a woman he gidde he does not love; but when he falls ill to tuberculosis her loving comfort wins him over.

However, the problem of morality, of of inauthentic existence, the book portrays so well and convincingly; the solution to it may come across a compromising one. The bulk of The Immoralist is taken up with the protagonist Michel recounting to a group of friends his marriage to a young woman named Marceline.


Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people including myself will approve of me? After a long illness that brings him to the brink of death, Michel has an epiphany of being that cannot be explained; it can only be lived. Marry if you feel that’s the right thing to do but please tell your girlfriend everything.

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It is easy to see The Immoralist as yet another example of the sexual imperialism—both gay and straight—practiced by European travelers to colonized African countries. What was seen then as a story of dereliction translates today into a tale of introspection and fierce self-discovery.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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, imperialism 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 sexual 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.