In language and tone, I find Andre Gide’s The Immoralist reminding me much of the work of J.M. Coetzee, specifically Disgrace. Both authors use a very pared. There is an oft-cited sentence in André Gide’s journal entry for March 28, , in which Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I. Gide, Andre: The Immoralist (new tr by Richard Howard).

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What she said was so charming that it delighted me. As Edward Said writes in Culture and Imperialism regarding an incident in which Michel sees a boy called Immoraljst steal his wife’s scissors: We stayed a moment without dismounting; the rising sun col- ored the mists, parted them, dispersed them; then we set off again at a brisk trot; we lingered a ande at the farm, where the work was only just begin- ning; we enjoyed for a moment the proud pleasure of being earlier than the laborers — of looking down on them; then, gode, we left them; I was home again at La Moriniere just as Marceline was be- ginning to get up.

I intended to put it into execution that very evening.

In the ardor of the sport, we barely exchanged a shout or two, a word or two; but at the end of the day, I became aware I was saying ‘thou’ to Charles, without hav- ing any clear idea when I had begun.

He ultimately joins Alcide in poaching upon his own property. And yet, we had hardly left Marseilles, when memories came back to me of Granada and Seville, of a purer sky, of franker shadows, of dances, of laughter, of songs. This wife is a barely-there cipher.

One morning we missed them. 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. Up till that day, so it seemed to me, I had felt so little and thought so much that now I was aston- ished to find my sensations had become as strong as my thoughts.


Marceline, who was herself a small eater, did not know, did not realize that I was not taking enough food.

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But this is not the whole lot of the problem here, our protagonist Michel and writer Gide are entwined together so much and deep that it is not possible to ignore the autobiographical acclaim of the story.

I was so sensitive to cold that if a little water dropped on my feet while I was washing, it gave me immoralit re- lapse; I was equally sensitive to heat.

After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed immralist she loses much of her mental vigor. I exposed my whole body to its flame. Bocage had shut them up.

When Michel suffers from tuberculosis, Marceline is very attentive and caring towards him. My puritanical childhood has left me, I think, a hatred of any surrender to bodily weakness — cowardice, I call it.

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

Before the evening meal, I had decided on my measures with regard to breath- ing, exercise, and nourishment We used to take our meals in a sort of little kiosk that was surrounded by the terrace on all sides. Michel takes Nietzsche simplistically, abandoning Culture for Nature, letting the weak go to wall, and in the end losing everything. I wanted to touch it I bent down; he turned round and smiled at me. Views Read Edit View history. Oh, what, 1 wonder, will you think of our friend?

I spoke truly, but no doubt I was still very weak, for it was not till more than a month later that I desired Marceline. When we got to El Djem, there was no inn, nothing but a frightful native bordj. Mercure de France French, Alfred A. It was not in vain that I had adorned Marceline with so many virtues; they imkoralist not forgive Michel for not preferring her to himself.


Absolutely stunning portrayal of a Anxre Catholic repressive confronting his homo sexuality at the turn of last century.

On André Gide’s The Immoralist () | Fiction and Film for Scholars of France

While in his sick bed, he meets a young handsome Arab boy and he begins to realize that he is a bisexual man. 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.

The public nowadays will not forgive an author who, after relating an action, does not declare himself either for or against it; more than this, dur- ing the very course of the drama they want him to take sides, pronounce in favor either of Alceste or Philinte, of Hamlet or Ophelia, of Faust or Mar- garet, of Adam andge Jehovah. Then Marceline on her side brought in others. I spoke of spending the following winter in Rome, but as a worker this time, not a tourist.

immoralust I could not sleep that night, so excited was I by the vision of my future virtues. Why should I recall all this? I was standing in front of the fire, my two elbows on the mantelpiece, apparently absorbed in a book; but, though I had my back turned to him, I could see what he was doing reflected in the glass.

My touch was a caress; it gave me rapture. But oh, the cold! And at times, immoralust seem confounded by our own definitions.

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