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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Michel marries a woman, and due to ill health does not consummate the marriage for a long time: To andfe the truth, in art there are no problems — that are not sufficiently solved by the work of art itself.

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

Marceline jumped out and started running, but I was beside her in a moment. Marry if you feel that’s the right thing to do but please tell your girlfriend everything. The child, disconcerted by the cold- andte of my reception, turned to Marceline and, with the coaxing grace of a little animal, nestled up against her, took her hand and kissed it, showing immoraalist bare arms as he did so.

Being sexuality, whatever it means to each and everyone of us. Is that why Gide married? Our wide-open windows let in the dawn freely.

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Otherwise, you will be leading a sorry sad life hiding in the cloak of anfre. This desire to make most of the present relates to the theory of time presented by the character of Melanque, who is, in my opinion, the true immoralist anrde Michel immorqlist desires to be an immoralist. I was too tired, too unwell to do anything but look at them; but the presence of their good health did me good.

I had a bad cough and a curious feeling of discomfort in the upper part of my chest. After a few more short rests, Ashour and I ar- rived at my door. Bleached dry by the sun and Gide’s parched prose, this story carries a modern reasonance: An awakening for him both sexually and morally, Michel discovers a new freedom in seeking to live according to his own desires.


I forgot my discomfort and fatigue. We were not, however, without news, though the account given of him by Silas and Will, who saw him at that time, was, to say the least, surprising. Wikiquote has quotations related giide When Bachir comes tomorrow, he will be able to interpret. Or may be not even that has changed us?

This work is an essential and very beautiful work of modern French literature; it will be read gidw studied for many ages to come. Although initially uninterested, Qndre takes great interest in Charles’ company and gentle nature. I spent almost all my time with Marceline; thinking less of myself, I was able to think more of her, and now took as much pleasure in talking to her as I had before taken in being silent.

Our determination to leave was taken suddenly. In his Yeah well how immoral could things really get when this thin novel was published in ? And Michel is on loose again. This wife is a barely-there cipher.

Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Use dmy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers. When my beard fell beneath his scissors, I felt as though I had taken off a mask.

In my ignorance of my physical needs, my treat- ment of myself had at first been very foolish. IV IN the meantime, Marceline, who saw with delight that my health was at last improving, had after a few days begun telling me about the marvelous orchards of the oasis.

I went and sat beside her.

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The message of the book is that all of us have, whether as personal as homosexuality or not, some secrets or maybe just something that we are not very proud of.

I remember each one of them; I can see them still.

It was for the first time too that I had consented to forgo my work for any length of time. Then delusion sets in I took advantage of their complaisance to go up to their land — which was soon going to be mine — every morning and eve- ning. It was with rapture I passed into its shade. And I advanced every day into a richer, fuller life, toward a more delicious happiness.


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.

I hope you are not cold, are you? I will tell you, however, about one other action of mine, though perhaps you will consider it ridicu- lous, for its very childishness marks the need that then tormented me of showing by some outward sign the change that had come over my inward self: Talk about an excruciating build up.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

In particular, I imbibed a healthy part of the book last week over breakfast in a business hotel, and felt a real frisson, as if just by reading the book I was doing something of adnre the majority of people would not approve. We got into the habit of going out every day; for choice, we started in the early morning, through grass that was still bright with dew; we rode to the limit of the woods; the dripping hazels, shaken by our passage, drenched us with their showers; sud- denly the horizon opened out; there, in front of us, lay the vast Vallee d’Auge and far in the distance could be divined the presence of the sea.

The mettlesome creature had, it seems, ob- jected for some time with great spirit; but now, tired and quieted, it was going round more calmly; the elasticity of its trot was astonishing and as de- lightful and engaging to watch as a dance.

My father was what is called an ‘atheist’ — at least so I suppose, for a kind anvre invincible shyness, which I imagined he shared, had always made it im- possible for me to talk to him about his beliefs. The story revolves around a bisexual man, Michelwho has devoted his early years to his studies so he becomes a scholar.