Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Counterfeiters: A Novel” as Want to Read:
The Counterfeiters: A Novel
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Counterfeiters: A Novel

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,050 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A young artist pursues a search for knowledge through the treatment of homosexuality and the collapse of morality in middle class France.
ebook, 480 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by Vintage (first published 1925)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Counterfeiters, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Counterfeiters

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Bethan
This is subtle metafiction since one of the main characters is a writer and the nature of Gide's The Counterfeiters is intellectual, bohemian, philosophical and of its time - for example, Freudian techniques used on a boy are exposited upon and discussed. It follows various people of a social milieu, from schoolboys to new school-leavers, to their parents and relatives, to an old schoolmaster, and is about their relationships and connections: in that sense, it was soap-like. It is also very homo ...more
James
The Counterfeiters is a book about writing a book, also called "The Counterfeiters". That is the primary theme of the novel which comes from the title of the book by the writer Edouard. Thus The Counterfeiters is a novel-within-a-novel, with Edouard (the alter ego of Gide) intending to write a book of the same title. Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters' motivations or discusses alternate r ...more
Hadrian
A tangled web of a novel. Drifts from one character to the next. Good conversations and a pretty exciting plot. Assume everyone is gay until proven otherwise.
Kit
This book I couldn't figure out. The feeling I get after reading it was similar to the time I read American Psycho. On the surface, you wonder, what's going on? when is this going to get interesting? And you might leave disappointed. There's something subliminal about the Counterfeiters that is beyond my intelligence to figure out. The characters are meshed together in one book, which seem to act as a pressure cooker. Gide, instead of letting the plot twists and turns let the story flow as the c ...more
Tony
Gide, Andre. THE COUNTERFEITERS. (1925). ****. This is an extremely complex novel from this distinguished French author (1869-1951) who had apparently published over thirty books during his career. This is the only one he acknowledged as being a novel. I remember, though, being assigned “The Immoralist” to read in college, and was led to believe it was a novel. It was – as far as I could tell – but certainly departed from the novelistic norms. This book does the same. We re introduced to charact ...more
Tuck
where pomo got started? Gide weaves a typical tale of upright bourgeoisie actually being quite immoral scumbags, but oh they have the angle, being lawyers, judges, professors, preachers, so get to do the cover-up and all is well. nixon tried that too, it usually doesn't work. greed, lust, envy, bullying, perversions of all kinds tend to bite you in the ass eventually.
here is a quote, author is talking about book reviews (of his old book) and how he has SO moved on from that and hates his old boo
...more
Stephen
Ah, God bless the French! (I wonder if it's the first time anyone has ever written that.)

I happen to love French writers and, thusly prejudiced, found this book by Andre Gide to be exceptional. A fascinating novel of interlocking characters and their crisscrossing story lines that is widely considered a precursor of the nouveau roman.

Relationships of every variety are explored: straight, homosexual, parent/child, bastardy, extra-martial, you name it; a counterfeit coin subplot symbolic of the re
...more
Deanne
Enjoyed this narrative which describes the complicated relationships amongst a group of men, women and teenaged boys. All the characters are linked in some way to each other, six degrees of separation Andre Gide style.
Tiago Germano
Ler "Diário dos Moedeiros Falsos" simultaneamente a "Os Moedeiros Falsos" foi uma experiência borgiana. O diário do romance dentro do diário dentro do romance. Curioso como de início parece que Gide escreve no diário coisas sobre um livro completamente diferente do que estamos lendo, como observamos certas intenções sendo suplantadas, algumas se reduzindo, outras se ampliando, à medida que a ordem dos capítulos vai sendo alterada. O personagem que julga mais difícil compor é um de seus maiores ê ...more
Gregg Bell
The Counterfeiters is a book for writers, intellectuals or learners. It's an odd book with crisscrossing themes and story lines. Difficult to follow. (I gave up trying to follow it.) Gide, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, is an old-time writer, the emphasis being on "writer," rather than "novelist." In those days, there weren't that many writers around and writers often were able to put whatever they wanted in their books.

And Gide put a lot in this book. It's just not much of a story.
...more
Jack Casey
Well, I thought it was one of the best books I read this year, so far, and it was published by Andre Gide back first in 1925, and for a fact if you read the 1955 edition, you will see his journals which lasted from 1906 to 1925!!!!

The Counterfieters explores the wrongs of society, human ethics and the brutalism of the French middle-class, as the wealthy Bernard, Oliver, Edward, and Vincent counterfiet Spanish coins to be sold in mainland France to support their lavish lifestyles, they, exploit t
...more
Troy
The Counterfeiters, by Andre Gide, is a story about several characters all interconnected through misconnections, subterfuge, lies, and artifice.

I didn't really like the book - I found the interconnections too pat and forced - for me, it's too similar to the breathless shock formula used by soap operas: "OMG! Luara, Eduoard's unrequited love and best friend, is pregnant by Vincent? And Vincent is Olivier's brother?! That's crazy, because Eduoard is now in love with Olivier, and Bernard, Olivier
...more
Dusty Myers
A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in 1920's France (a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas just about ruled that town). Two rival writers, Edouard and Robert, fall for the same impressionable young boy, Olivier, who decides to run off with Robert, the more famous and less honorable of the two. Edouard, a kind of stand-in for Gide, is Olivier's "uncle" (through marriage), and in the loss of his beloved nephew opts instead of his schoolfriend ...more
Eric
I'm still in a bit of shock at having finished this; my edition has an additional hundred pages or so of Gide's journals, and I was quite unprepared for the story to end when it did. there was so much going on, & frankly I didn't want it to end! this was a narrative I really enjoyed. Gide really knows how to effectively communicate the feelings & motivations of a great variety of characters, from boring bourgeois to annoying aesthete to shy, simmering schoolboy, and he constructs a fasci ...more
Khadijah Qamar
Gide's novel has moments of keen psychological penetration and, for that reason alone, deserves veritable accolades. It's especially informative and interesting to be witness to the progress of the novel in the Appendix, which reads as Gide's diary throughout the writing of The Counterfeiters. Like other reviewers have noted, it breaks from the "traditional" novel mold since it is a novel about writing a novel. Gide also challenges novelistic norms at the time by changing perspectives, which he ...more
Paul A.
Una novela reflexiva, donde su escritor, Gide, constantemente nos expone diálogos profundos y reflexiones internas de los personajes, prescindiendo practicamente de toda descripción material (La descripción está encauzada casi exclusivamente a los componentes psicologicos de los personajes)

Y así se desarrolla, en la ebullición de pensamientos que presentan diferentes mentes que salen de la adolescencia, en cambios permanentes y a que los hechos forzosos que sus acciones impulsivas les llevo a to
...more
Muzzy
I wouldn’t recommend this book to any but the most specialized reader. You may want to take up this novel as a counterweight to Proust; otherwise I don’t think many people will enjoy reading it. Nor is it an important addition to the canon.

Which is not to say it’s a bad book. There are several dialogues here that are amazingly well written. And it’s a very fast, entertaining read – at times I believed Gide took the words right out of my own head.

The character of Bernard, who runs away from home
...more
Alex
Not sure whether to go for 3 or 4 stars. It starts off really interesting; the story of Bernard leaving home, after discovering his father is not his father, is great. I also really love the structure of the story; each short chapter focusing on a specific individual and telling 'their own' story. I also liked the concept of all f the different story threads co-existing and weaving together occasionally. But about halfway through, I felt it was a little bit of a muddle - lots of stories were kin ...more
Kate Savage
"But the reader must leave me as a stone leaves the slingshot. I am even willing that, like a boomerang, he should come back and strike me." -- Gide's journal of The Counterfeiters

In the thick of this book I thought I didn't like it. I thought the navel-gazing Novel of Ideas had been spoiled for me by reading Point Counter Point. Both are novels of a novelist writing a novel about a novelist, etc. (and Gide's book has the gumption to -- apparently without irony -- condemn "onanism"!). Both are s
...more
Joanna
Another book I found hard to rate- I definitely didn't love it, but I feel I got quite a lot from reading it. I came across it on the Le Monde 100 Best Books of the Century (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...) and wasn't sure what to expect. I found the text quite dense, so I had to read it over a few weeks in order properly to digest it, but sometimes the number of characters and subplots tripped me up, as it had been a while since I had last encountered their situation. Overall I found i ...more
Lada
Metaroman sur la narration romanesque. La vie comme source eternelle de roman. c'est une possibilite de ne jamais finir avec l'ecriture et de le prolonger toujours , en miroir dans l'art romanesque. A, Gide construit son univers et son champ litteraire dans des details caches soigneusement, comme des tabous. Le introspectif, incertain qui se fonde la hypocrisie contre laquelle il repond par des sous-entendus des consciences des jeunes garcons et un esprit narrateur qui raconte dans chaque niveau ...more
William Dearth
I am very reluctant to write book reviews as I need to get on to the next book. Many years of formal education have left me weary of that type of exercise. But Goodreads doesn’t ask me for a review, they ask “what did you think”? Here is what I think.

I have a keen interest in French literature, particularly that of the 18th through the 20th century, so it was no surprise that I finally got around to reading the Counterfeiters by Andre Gide. I have read some of Gide’s work in the past, but it did
...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Protestants looking for a Christian Catcher in the Rye
Shelves: french-lit
The reputation of the Faux-Monnayeurs is that it is an experimental novel that succeeds only where it is conventional. Gide's experimentation comes in the form of a magically real angel, multiple narrative points of view combined with more subplots and characters than would normally be considered prudent in a well-controlled work.

At 19, I liked it because the author maintained a rapid pace and clearly had great affection for his characters. As well the discussion on homosexuality was new to me.
...more
Howard
This is the surprising interwoven and sexually obscure tale of young men in Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. It was written in 1925 and is a rated classic for the `book within a book' style.

Uncle Edouard (38) (Gide styled and as a first person journal) is an author in competition with the notorious, fellow author Robert de Passvant. His half-sister Pauline Molinier, married to Oscar, has sons Olivier, Vincent and George (14). The sons are at college with Olivier befriending Bernar
...more
Matthew DeCostanza
I had pretty mixed feelings after "finishing" the Counterfeiters (I put finishing in quotations because I gave up a bit after the scene with Alfred Jarry.)

The theme that has been given the most attention in posterity is the one detailing the homosexual/pedophilic relationship between Edouard and Olivier, and while some good time is spent chronicling their nervous, schoolgirl-like courting, in the end it doesn't seem very fleshed out, and it's indeed only in the last 50 pages that the two admit t
...more
Insidebooks
This book might perhaps suffer in terms of pace in the first half but once it gets going it moves towards an end which seems to come almost abruptly when it does arrive.

The main theme of the counterfeiters which comes from the title of the book that the writer Edouard is writing also plays out in real life with a ring of boys being used to palm off counterfeit coins through Paris. But the sense of fraudulent feelings and actions pervades the book. Some characters come across as so prepared to hi
...more
John M.
This, I think, might be Gide's masterpiece... it exists as a sort of precursor to metafiction insomuch as it is a novel about the writing of a novel. There is a certain allegory, the 'counterfeiting' given literal portrayal in the exploits of a group of schoolboys who are not so much the dupes of their unscrupulous elders as we'd like them to be as well as in the behavior of said elders who are all so obviously playing their parts at the cost of denying their inner selves. The metaphorical aspec ...more
Germano Dalcielo
Boccio questo romanzo come troppo impalpabile ed etereo, rimasto troppo nella testa dell'autore (significativo il diario e gli appunti in appendice al romanzo nell'edizione Bompiani, indice della incertezza compositiva e strutturale che Gide aveva lungo tutto il processo - triboloso - di creazione). L'idea di fondo sarebbe anche affascinante - un metaromanzo, un romanzo all'interno del romanzo stesso - ma la narrazione è inficiata da lentezza, mancanza di brio o verve nonostante i numerosi dialo ...more
Nicole
Took me a bit to get into, but once I got into the pat connections between characters and story, rather like a soap opera, I read it with that in mind. I enjoyed the ruminations of what constitutes truth, is its pursuit worthwhile, can it be achieved or attempted in literature, the struggle between reality and the ideal reality. I was waiting for what "shocked many by its honest treatment of homosexuality and the collapse of middle-class France" as promised on the book jacket but it just never c ...more
Tyler
Dec 13, 2013 Tyler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Literature
Billed as a frank exploration of same-sex deviance and an exposition of the collapse of morals in 1920’s France, this book is not quite either. It’s a transitional work. Readers wanting a frank look at gay sex are referred to Death on the Installment Plan, where Celine’s two or three shocking vignettes on the subject have never been outdone. And since kids getting away with anything is the grist of modern media, the general state of morality doesn’t especially shock modern readers.

But the trans
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
سکه سازان 2 6 Aug 23, 2012 10:06AM  
  • Man's Fate
  • La modification
  • Our Lady of the Flowers
  • The Gods Will Have Blood (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
  • Thérèse Desqueyroux
  • The Horseman on the Roof
  • The Opposing Shore
  • Under Satan's Sun
  • Tropismes
  • Against Nature (A Rebours)
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood
  • Hell
  • The Holy Terrors
  • Moravagine
  • Belle du Seigneur
  • Death on the Installment Plan
  • Mademoiselle de Maupin
  • La Bâtarde
7617
André 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, s
...more
More about André Gide...
The Immoralist La symphonie pastorale Strait is the Gate (La Porte Etroite) مایده‌های زمینی Les caves du Vatican

Share This Book

“On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d'abord et longtemps, tout rivage.

(One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.)”
57 likes
“I prefer granting with a good grace what I know I shan't be able to prevent.” 8 likes
More quotes…