L' Immoraliste

Andre Gide is one of the most representative of twentieth century French writers His L Immoraliste is, in many respects, the most moving and imaginative of his works The situations depicted are vividly concrete and rich in suggestion It raises problems of responsibility and freedom, experience and understanding, ethics and action, truth and misrepresentation, and sinceAndre Gide is one of the most representative of twentieth century French writers His L Immoraliste is, in many respects, the most moving and imaginative of his works The situations depicted are vividly concrete and rich in suggestion It raises problems of responsibility and freedom, experience and understanding, ethics and action, truth and misrepresentation, and sincerity and rationalization The subtle underlying interplay of form and intent permits interpretation on several levels according to the intellectual maturity of the reader The extensive beginning essay in English is designed to alert readers to the many provocative facets of the novel The editors notes and vocabulary are never perfunctory they illuminate, orient, stimulate.
L Immoraliste Andre Gide is one of the most representative of twentieth century French writers His L Immoraliste is in many respects the most moving and imaginative of his works The situations depicted are vividl

  • Title: L' Immoraliste
  • Author: André Gide Elaine Marks Richard G. Tedeschi
  • ISBN: 9780881334746
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
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    André Gide Elaine Marks Richard G. Tedeschi

    Andr Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947 Gide s career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight laced education and a narrow social moralism Gide s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty His self exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one s sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one s values His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his 1936 voyage to the USSR.

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    • Jaidee said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      5 "satanic, provocative, deceptive" stars. 5th Favorite Read of 2016This book mesmerized and shocked me in equal measure. Beautiful in its writing, quiet in its execution, seductive in its message and destructive in its implications. The book begins with a suppressed young dutiful intellectual and ends with a despairing debauched and self-deluded libertine. In between is some of the most exquisite writing and the transformation of a young man from upstanding citizen to a malignant narcissist.The [...]

    • Issa Deerbany said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      سيرة ذاتية أندريه جيد في مرحلة من مراحل حياته وعلاقته مع زوجته.يصف أندريه حياته الرتيبة القائمة على العمل حتى وجد نفسه انه احد الأغنياء. تزوج بدون حب وكانت علاقته معها علاقة عادية خالية من الشغف رغم اعتناءها به وهو في مرحلة المرض. ليكتشف بعد ذلك انه يحبها كثيرا وظهر ذلك من خلا [...]

    • Kalliope said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      I wish I had read L’Immoraliste around the year 1904. That would have been about two years after it was published and about two years before Picasso started distorting eyes and mouths and jaws and limbs in his painted prostitutes. 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. I need to feel the effort of breathing in, [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      778. L'immoraliste = The Immoralist, André GideThe Immoralist (French: L'Immoraliste) is a novel by André Gide, published in France in 1902.The Immoralist is a recollection of events that Michel narrates to his three visiting friends. One of those friends solicits job search assistance for Michel by including in a letter to Monsieur D. R Président du Conseil, a transcript of Michel's first-person account.Important points of Michel's story are his recovery from tuberculosis; his attraction to [...]

    • Rakhi Dalal said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      What conjures up in the mind at the mere mention of the word ‘morality’ is a question that our evolutionary advanced mankind hasn’t been able to find an appropriate response to. For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal. Vague not because there is a dearth of reasons associated with the necessity or goodness of moral values required for a harmonious existence of humans in the society but because the certainty of a [...]

    • Samra Yusuf said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      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….They all sound sweet to ears, even stupid but sweetBut what if a grown adult of five and twenty, fantasizes those children a source of his “melancholic pleasure” what if [...]

    • Rowena said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a story about a young man, Michel, narrating his life, how he learned more about himself through introspection while getting married and witnessing tragedies. Travelling around Europe and North Africa, rootless. It’s essentially a tale of self-discovery.In tone this book really reminded me of Camus. I was expecting something a little more shocking as I heard this book was considered scandalous at the turn of the last century.There were homosex [...]

    • K.D. Absolutely said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      If you are a bisexual, will you marry?Andre Gide (1869-1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. So, this book, despite its theme on homosexuality, should not be brand or worse, mock, as another gay lit book.The story revolves around a bisexual man, Michel, who has devoted his early years to his studies so he becomes a scholar. Then, to please his dying father, he gets himself a wife, Marceline and the young couple goes to North Africa for their honeymoon. A [...]

    • karen said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      i feel a little dirty reading this sandwiched between all my children's books for class. kids, take three giant steps back from gide i think i loved this book, but i think i may want to read another translation. who knows from translations?? i have the richard howard one here, and i know he's like a star in the french/english translation world but i didn't like his introduction to this so much, and was wondering if there might be another recommended translation? i liked this book a lot, despite [...]

    • Paquita Maria Sanchez said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Well written, but ultimately unsatisfying. 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 m [...]

    • Nickolas the Kid said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Δυνατό βιβλιο Ο Ζιντ έχει μια ικανότητα να αναμοχλεύει και να αναδεικνύει όλες τις ενδόμυχες σκέψεις του αναγνώστη Φανερά επηρεασμένος από την φιλία του με τον Όσκαρ Γουάιλντ και από τις ιδιαίτερες σεξουαλικές του προτιμήσεις ο Ζιντ, μέσα από έναν σχεδόν βιωματικό μονόλο [...]

    • Parthiban Sekar said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Immorality is often, from time immemorial, attributed more to one’s sexual orientation, as if immorality is born out of it. Long, not very long, ago there was this Man-Made Immorality Act, upon which I won’t expound, which makes me think that all we, somehow, describe as Immoral are defined by us. And at times, we seem confounded by our own definitions. The very idea of Morality seems “extrinsic”, as opposed to the wide-spread belief that we are born as moral beings and any deviation wou [...]

    • Araz Goran said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      يبدو جلياً أن أندريه جيد لا يعرف تأدية الأدوار المزيفة في الرواية، يكتب عن نفسه ،يقتحم عالم ذاته وشخصيته والتي تبدو أن أوتار القلق والإضطراب ظاهرة فيها وبقوة مابين المرض والسعادة، تتغير أشياء كثيرة وتتبدل أخرى ويضحى للعمر بصائر جديدة تحكم على صاحبها بالتخلي، بالسكون، بالم [...]

    • Sketchbook said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      The Casbah, 1895 ~ Roaming from bar to bar in Algiers, Oscar Wilde and Gide (1869-1951) find themselves amid Zouaves and sailors, as Gide records elsewhere. "Do you want the little musician?" asks OW, whose own lips seemed "as if soft with milk and ready to suck again," says the symbolist Marcel Schwob. OW is not Mephistopheles. Young Gide, having hurled aside his moralistic, Protestant upbringing, had already been playing both Marguerite & Faust in N. Africa with a "special friend." He know [...]

    • Amira Mahmoud said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      في البداية كنت أتمنى أن أعثر على مفهوم مباشر للحياة لدى بعض الروائيين وبعض الشعراء ولكنهم لو كانوا يمتلكون هذا المهفوم فيجب أن نعترف أنهم لم يعبّروا عنه قط ويبدو ليّ أن أغلبهم لم يعش قط أيضًا، ولم يسعد بالحياة ولو قليلاًلقد تعاملوا مع الحياة بغضب وهم يكتبون، لا أريد أن أتدخل [...]

    • Nikos Tsentemeidis said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Ολόκληρο το βιβλίο αποτελεί ένα μονόλογο, μια εξομολόγηση του πρωταγωνιστή στους καλύτερούς του φίλους, για ότι η ζωή του έχει επιφυλάξει, από το γάμο του και έπειτα. Τα διάφορα προβλήματα της καθημερινότητας συντελούν, ώστε να παρεκκλίνει από τη συνέπεια προς τις υποχρεώσ [...]

    • knig said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Absolutely stunning portrayal of a French Catholic repressive confronting his (homo) sexuality at the turn of last century. I deliberately write ‘confronting’ rather than ‘journey of discovery’, ‘development’ or any other word which might imply a process of evolvement leading to clarity or even acceptance, for this is singularly missing. What unravels instead, is a sublime subconscious, torturous confrontation, an unwanted, unspoken clash of instinct and reason. And this is what make [...]

    • Declan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      I've never felt that it is in any way important to like or admire the main character in a novel. It seems to me far more important that language and structure should be used to support a narrative that convinces us about the authenticity of everything that happens within the novel. So it is with 'The Immoralist'I dislike Michel, the narrator and central character of the book, but I am persuaded that everything he does in the book is, for him, unavoidable. With every advance in his thinking, as h [...]

    • Jim Fonseca said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      This is a strange tale, almost a parable. A young Frenchman marries a young woman and anticipates a wonderful life. But he is so anxious to live life to the fullest and experience everything that he drags his wife with him even when she is ill. Even he does not seem to know what he is looking for except somehow to “live life to the fullest.” Eventually his wife develops tuberculosis and still he wears her out traveling, and she dies. He doesn’t skip a beat and keeps on going. He is trying [...]

    • Manny said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      The companion volume toLa Porte Etroite . In the first book, Gide looks at what happens when someone allows themselves to become obsessed with the idea of God, to the exclusion of all normal human feelings. In this one, he shows what happens when you go to the other extreme and abandon moral values altogether. Taken as a pair, which is what he intended, I thought they were very good.

    • Mike Puma said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      With a title like The Immoralist, you might expect something along the lines of Sade. You’d be way off base. Instead, this novel is more subtle, more like Death in Venice, complete with its themes of a septic environment, tuberculosis, and, perhaps, pederasty. The protagonist, Michel, is captivated by healthy and strikingly handsome boys and young men, and of those young men, he is attracted to those who are most rugged and handsome, with their own secrets, or the most dissolute.At best, or at [...]

    • StevenGodin said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      From the pen of André Gide "The Immoralist" explores the fundamental problem of the moral conditions of our existence, using man and wife as the subject matter on how the gap between what we once were and how to perceive what lies ahead of us. Published in 1902 where it was received as tedious with moments to shock, Gide glides with an artsy format through the loveless marriage of Michel and Marceline who travel to Tunisia for their honeymoon only for Marcel to come down with serious ill health [...]

    • Mr. said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Andre Gide's small confession is a key work of French modernism. In a way this novel is a precursor to Camus' Stranger, though it is much more elegant and subtle than the latter. Michel is the titular Immoralist, a man determined to live life fully without the arbitrary constrictions of religion or morality. He is recently married to a woman he admits he does not love; but when he falls ill to tuberculosis her loving comfort wins him over. Together they travel throughout the beautiful coast of I [...]

    • Teresa Proença said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      "- Ainda se os nossos cérebros medíocres soubessem embalsamar as lembranças! Mas estas conservam-se mal; as mais delicadas se desfazem, as mais voluptuosas apodrecem; as mais deliciosas são as que oferecem mais perigo. Aquilo de que a gente se arrepende era antes delicioso."André Gide, escritor francês - laureado com o Nobel em 1947 - foi contemporâneo de Valéry e de Proust. O Imoralista é considerado um dos seus livros mais ousados. Conta a história de um homem casado que, embora ame [...]

    • مروان البلوشي said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      نعم أندريه جيد إسم كبير في فرنسا وحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب عام ١٩٤٧وكتب النقاد مطولا عن تفوقه في معالجة "الرواية الأخلاقية" لكني لم أشعر أنه استطاع أن يعالج ثيمة هذه الرواية كما تستحق

    • Manab said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      আমি বলবো না যে মিশেল চরিত্র হিসেবে দুর্বল - একশ বিশ পাতায় আর কারই বা চরিত্র ফুটে ওঠে - কিন্তু এই কথা ত সত্য যে মিশেলের এই বইয়ে ইমরাল হওয়ার চেষ্টাটুকু দুর্বল, ঠিক যেমন দুর্বল এই উপন্যাসের আদ্যোপ [...]

    • Kelly said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      I think my problem with this book is that I've heard this all before. And better said. This novel said it a long time before they did, and it got blasted for it. It was a huge controversy since this deals with sexual confusion, a rebellion against colonialist/imperialist values, a rebellion against the inertia and the status quo. That's all great, but it's done so simplisticially. It's like reading the blueprint for the rebellion/inner transformation novel. And the problem is that it's just a li [...]

    • Evan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      In days of yore, when Hollywood movies were heavily censored, the creative people who were having the most fun were the artists responsible for painting the lurid promo posters aimed at sucking gullible audiences into the theaters. Images of half-naked women with torn garments that barely covered their nipples and genitalia dangled limp in the arms of some salivating brute or monster or cad, surrounded by exploding words like "SIN!" and "SHAME!" and "UNSPEAKABLE!" promised far more than the patr [...]

    • Justin Evans said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      Well, I liked this more than I thought I would, and more than everyone else seems to. Gide's style here is glorious. Like Larbaud, the prose is perfectly clear, a little elegiac, but also as precise as possible. Gide's tale is simple, but thought-provoking: you could read this as a celebration of Nietzschean uber-menschdom, but only if you're more or less an inhuman prick; you could read it as a plea for repression and moralistic priggery, but only if, again, you're an inhuman prick. On the othe [...]

    • MJ Nicholls said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 20:23 PM

      My foray into Frenchies continues with this peculiar, off-the-scale subtle novel about forbidden pleasures. The pleasures in question are young lads and loosing one’s morals. Michel starts out as a bedridden lump, unsure about his wife but sure about young Tunisian visitors. As his health improves, he tends to his vast acreage of land and resumes his academic work, growing fonder of his doormat missus, as well as power and cheating farmers. As we slump towards the final third, his wife becomes [...]

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