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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Immora,ist the idea of a scantly clad man on a beach might now evoke images of overweight tourists cooking themselves into red lobsters under a charring sun. As he slowly convalesces, he revels in the physical pleasures of living and resolves to forgo gice studies of the past in order to experience the present–to let “the layers of acquired knowledge peel away from the mind like a cosmetic and reveal, in patches, the naked flesh beneath, the authentic being hidden there.
Sep 07, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Bored by Parisian society, he moves to a family farm in Normandy. It is when this disease brings him to the brink of death that Michel realizes the worth of living.
After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed and she loses much of her mental vigor.
Nietzsche above all philosophers would see through this argument as another form of belief system that is not true philosophy. Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. For to be free means to get rid of all references, all immoealist, but how could one get rid of those; for all the ethics and moral codes, we have developed over ages though evolution, define our societal structures.
To become fully human, men must have courage to kill the God that has gise the freedom of their will. I mean that it kept me incessantly occupied with Marceline.
Reading group: A slap in the face from André Gide’s The Immoralist
Cover of the Penguin Classics edition. Proponents of Gidw and Orientalism view the peoples and the cultures of Africa and Asia respectively through a Eurocentric lens.
Dover Thrift Editions Paperback: He does not behave immorally and does not urge others to do so. That’s all great, but it’s done so simplisticially. 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. Is there a difference? View all 3 comments.
It’s the only way for us not to destroy ourselves. But “amoralist” is not a word, since a person cannot “be” amoral nor do amoral things. View all 39 comments.
The Immoralist by Andre Gide
Wikiquote has quotations related to: His health restored, he consummates his marriage with his wife on their way back to France through Italy, but she barely lives through childbirth with the child stillborn after an extremely difficult pregnancy, with time spent both at their country-house in Normandy and in Paris.
Taken as a pair, which is what he intended, I thought they were very good. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He doesn’t so much challenge us as suggest that we might feel the same. But there are only nods and winks, and in a nod was as good as a wink to a blind horse.
This seems to be the pivotal moment for the book, as not only does overcoming the disease put Michel in touch with sensuality, it also forces him to hide this new side of himself from his wife, which is the wellspring of his love for transgressions. Important points of Michel’s story are his recovery from tuberculosis; his attraction to a Marceline is an orphan, who lives with her brothers until she marries Michel.
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. For if my call seemed an urgent one, if I made you travel so far to find me, it was purely so that I might see you, and that you might listen to me.
Andre Gide – ‘The Immoralist’
Customers who bought this item also bought. Immoralisr do so, he sacrifices wife, career, and wealth. Now he wants to be free of all obligation and inhibition to fully experience the pleasure and sensuality brought about by his late homosexual awakening. With every advance in his thinking, as h I’ve never felt that it is in any way important to like or admire the main character in a novel.
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The fact that renunciation of faith is almost a futile endeavour when the rest of the fabric: I need to feel the effort of breathing in, languidly, and the relief of breathing out before I can breathe in again and hopefully catch the oxygen I did not quite get the previous time. View all 14 comments. In other words, to be amoral.
Figure 3 Paul Bourget. And perhaps that is the basis of all our morality, ethics, belief systems etc. On the couple’s honeymoon to Tunisia, Michel becomes very ill, and during his recovery he meets a young Arab boy whose radiant health and beauty captivate him.
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Published inlong post-marriage, Gide’s autobio novel except his fictional couple do screw, at least once startled friends who applauded his venture into uncharted terrain. And to maintain order in our society we need these structures or least that is how we know it. Perhaps he is an immoralist because he knows perfectly well that he has changed but instead of expressing regret or accepting his guilt he still prefers to follow unrestrained pleasures.
Thank you for your feedback. Yes, it probably killed his wife and bankrupted him, but he is free! Michel starts out as a bedridden lump, unsure about his wife but sure about young Tunisian visitors. Views Read Edit View history. Instead, this novel is more subtle, more like Death in Venicecomplete with its themes of a septic environment, tuberculosis, and, perhaps, pederasty.