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André Gide
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Lafcadio's Adventures

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,623 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Passing with cinematographic speed across the capitals of Europe, Nobel laureate André Gide’s Lafcadio’s Adventures is a brilliantly sly satire and one of the clearest articulations of his greatest theme: the unmotivated crime.

When Lafcadio Wluiki, a street-smart nineteen-year-old in 1890s Paris, learns that he’s heir to an ailing French nobleman’s fortune, he’s seized by
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published December 1st 1980 by Bentley Publishers (first published 1914)
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Jul 04, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ما مصنوعی زندگی می کنیم.شخصیت واقعی خود را پنهان می کنیم بخاطر جامعه و اگر جامعه ای هم در کار نباشد همین وجود خویشاوندان و دوستانی که ما نمی خواهیم از ما بدشان بیاید برای این اجبار کافی خواهد بود

جملات بالا که از کتاب انتخاب شده بودند مقدمه ای بیش نبود.آنچه در زیر می آید هر انسانی را حتی برای چند لحظه ای به فکر فرو خواهد برد

برای اینکه آدم شرافتمندی را تبدیل به آدم جلنبری بکنیم می دانید چه لازم است؟ یک جابجائی،یک فراموشی .بلی آقا،حفره ای در حافظه و بی درنگ صداقت نمایان می شود!...قطع شدن مداومت،قطع
Justin Evans
Oct 02, 2015 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful, but also a bit of a hot mess. The Vatican Cellars starts off as a painfully dull 19th century novel of family disagreement, roughly as entertaining as Fontane, and then, for no apparent reason, turns into a glorious farce involving a fake pope kidnapping, an egregiously intrusive narrator, a motiveless murder (well before Camus), metanarrative silliness, a beautifully executed plot resolution, and a typically excellent Gidean moral conundrum: if we judge morality based on intention, c ...more
I find it difficult to fully explain how disappointed I am with this book. Not only did it take me quite long to read, but it never even came close to interesting me. The various plots? Bah. Couldn't care less. The writing? Atrocious. I can't stand characters who talk to themselves Days of our Lives-style. The characters? Brutally boring (and what's with the names?). Lafcadio has a shimmer of intrigue to him, but not enough to make up for the extreme platitude of the rest of the cast. The female ...more
John Kemp
"Is it possible to choose freely to do evil?" is the question that Gide set out to explore in this "sotie", a kind of light-hearted philosophical jeu d'esprit and satire, interesting too as an early novelistic exploration of the theme of paranoia and conspiracy theory. The answer is no, but much fun is had at the expense of the Church and bourgeoisie along the way.
Tom Schulte
Feb 23, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really dug this Gide tale. Zany and witty, I think it would make a great screwball comedy movie, I hope someone makes it! Then there is this Avant-garde/Surrealist fascination with unmotivated murder, from the André Breton quip, André Breton: Arbiter of Surrealism ("“The simplest Surrealist act,” wrote André Breton, founder of Surrealism, “consists of dashing down into the street, pistol in hand and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd.”) to the Surrealist A ...more
Rob Atkinson
Aug 09, 2015 Rob Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new addition to the list of my all time favorite novels. Funny how that often seems to be the case with things I picked up decades ago and left languishing on my shelves, unread! A brief mention of Lafcadio in "Dada In Paris" finally piqued my interest.

This is a nasty, witty farcical novel which squarely takes aim at the credulous and convention-bound, particularly those of a pious bent. I won't share any spoilers as to the plot, so as not to deny the same pleasure I felt reading "Lafcadio's A
Claire McAlpine
A rolicking, entertaining satire republished and retranslated in 2014, 100 years after its first publication. It makes fun of those of faith, the bourgeois, the gullible and the innocent. All are victims, except perhaps the illegitimate.

A much more comprehensive review here at Word by Word.
Feb 17, 2017 Raška rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
U suštini: 3.5
Greška mi je bila što sam pročitala sinopsis, pa mi je uništilo uživanje u knjizi za 50%, i tako sam se unapred nadala nekom francuskom Raskoljnikovu.
Ovih pola zvezduce ću skinuti jer mi i dalje nije jasna beležnica i bodovanje u istoj za koju smatram da je zanimljiv detalj, ali ostalo bi 3 da nije na kraju razrešio određene situacije.
Upečatljiva mi je bila scena sa krevetnim stenicama, da sam istog momenta pregledala sopstveni krevet i nisam mogla zaspati, samo da me ne bi dirale.
Augustina Vasile
Unlike my good habits, I have read this book without researching the author or his work beforehand. Therefore, I ended up pacing through the book and considering it a light reading, some kind of sordid literary joke. Moreover - in spite of the fact that I love open endings - this 'grand finale' disappointed me by what I thought to be a lack of capacity to tie the knots of the plot.

But my OCD reading skills determined me to find out some more about André Gide's work and especially about "Les Cave
Jan 11, 2014 Anesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possible spoiler--

Despite my expectation that Gide must be a thoroughly anti-establishment writer, developments in this racy and sometimes humorous narrative place the author in company with Dan Quayle and other conservatives who’ve decried the evil effects of illegitimate births & child-rearing. Lafcadio’s “unmotivated crime” comes to pass as a result of his rootless lifestyle and devotion to fleeting amusements. The evil impulse fills an emptiness where attachment is lacking. His mother’s
Aug 29, 2015 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do we behave the way that we do? Psychologists would argue about nature versus nurture, but they rarely go so far as to talk about the ongoing pressures that family and society and law and religion and culture have on us as adults. André Gide’s The Vatican Cellars, originally published in 1914, is an exploration of that very question. The exploration, however, is the subtext to a strange and funny tale of atheists who find faith, pietists flirting with atheism, con men, nihilism, misguided l ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful, sprightly farce infused with a buoyant energy that captures the essence of old-world Europe. The original title, "The Vatican Swindle," seems more appropriate. While Lafcadio enables the crux of Gide's philosophical musings, there's much more to this story than that. Although I was interested in Gide's exploration of "a crime without motive," I found his descriptions of bed bugs much more memorable and entertaining. A great book for an armchair traveler, or a backpacking/train adve ...more
Victor Morosoff
Mar 14, 2016 Victor Morosoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'action extatique de ce roman tellement spécifique pour l'écriture de Gide, la farce si ahurissante qu'elle présente et toutes ces rencontres fortuites laissant des traces profondes font de cet ouvrage du genre du "Maître et Marguerite" une belle tentative de comprendre - dans tous les sens du mot - le monde. 4,6/5
This was fun. Gide is an under-rated master of pacing and character development. The jacket copy oversells the book as some kind of proto-Camus exploration of "unmotivated crime," but really it's a retro-18th-century-style farce, full of mistaken identity, improbable coincidences, estates satire, and some gleeful mockery of religion thrown in for good measure.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 29, 2010 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
دخمههای واتیکان (۱۹۱۴) ترجمه سیروس ذکاء انتشارات یزدان و تحت عنوان سردابهای واتیکان ترجمه عبدالحسین شریفیان انتشارات اساطیر. این رمان در لیست روزنامه گاردین ( ۱۰۰۰ رمان که هر شخص باید بخواند) قرار دارد ...more
Steven Monrad
Jan 05, 2008 Steven Monrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
My first Gide; atheism, anti-clericalism, Catholicism, crime, moves fast, the philosophy is in the action I guess.
Caves du Vatican is the correct title, cellars is a poor translation but the book has a good translation.
J de Salvo
Mar 04, 2011 J de Salvo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the finest Novels ever written. One in a cycle of Old Great Novels about "Crime and Punishment", which includes Dostoevsky, Gide, Camus, and Celine, that Nazi.
Aug 12, 2007 Lafcadio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeff
Shelves: suite, meta, glitter
I read it for... obvious reasons, but didn't enjoy it all that much.
kostas  vamvoukakis
3,5* δεν με κράτησε αρκετά.. άλλα δεν μπόρεσα να βρω και τη σάτιρα... έχει μερικά πολύ καλά σημεία....
Dec 17, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Margaritas Seele bestand aus jenem hehren Stoff, aus dem Gott seine Märtyrer formt. Sie wußte es und hielt sich zum Leiden parat. Schade nur, daß das Leben gar keine Opfer von ihr zu verlangen schien und daß eine überströmende Schmerzbereitschaft an minimalen Kränkungen ihr Genüge finden mußte."
Dec 28, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Start the month with a hundred year old Austrian satire, end the month with a hundred year old French satire. Why not?

Not that I was really aware this was a satire before the opening page (The Vatican Cellars: An allegorical satire) told me. I ARC'd The Vatican Cellars because I read La Symphonie pastorle in high school, which is a story pretty much perpendicular to this one. I don't recall La Symphonie pastorale as a romp. The Vatican Cellars is a romp. The satire here is definitely more subtle
Oct 19, 2010 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the reasons I left journalism: For the most part, I am a gullible person. Gullibility and journalism, just like cheeseburgers and loneliness, are not a healthy mix. What people told me, for the most part, I believed. That worked fine for most things, but I did encounter the occasional source who wanted to lie and reveled in the fact that I could not detect them lying.

I’m no longer in that business, which is a good thing.

And I like to believe I’m less gullible these days, though I
Mar 06, 2017 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The entire narrative felt like a struggle.
A Gullible Pietist and A Killer Without Motive: Lafcadio’s Adventures by Andé Gide

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 11 October 2013

The story of Lafcadio’s Adventures revolves around a set of five exaggerated types rather than characters: the confirmed atheist, model scientist and freemason Anthime Armand-Dubois; the practicing, though pragmatic Catholic and writer of mediocre novels Count Julius de Baraglioul; Lafcadio Wluiki, an eighteen-year-old man who is the illeg
Juan Carlos
I am used to the fact that whenever I pick up a book by a Nobel laureate, it's usually a pretty safe bet. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Andre Gide's LAFCADIO'S ADVENTURES. To be quite frank, I had a very hard time finishisng the novel.

Lafcadio, the main character, has had a very hard life. His mother went through a series of lovers, whom she made him call "uncle" every single time. These men marked Lafcadio's life each in a different manner. He turns out to be a poor man, both econo
Aug 09, 2009 Mazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
rix nobel de littérature 1947

Qu'une vieille mule comme Amédée Fleurissoire rencontre des escrocs, et le voilà en route pour Rome, persuadé d'aller sauver le pape. À ce jeu de dupes, il n'a pas grand chose à perdre sinon quelques illusions et beaucoup d'argent.

Qu'un jeune arriviste comme Lafcadio décide de se faire passer pour le fils naturel d'un grand auteur et le voilà maître à chanter. À ce jeu de dupes, il a tout à gagner.

Mais que ces deux destins se croisent à bord d'un vieux train et to
Czarny Pies
May 25, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about this once very famous Nobel Prize winner
Recommended to Czarny by: Gide's reputation was still at its height when I was a teenager.
Shelves: french-lit
Andre Gide the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947 is talked about less now than when I was attending secondary school in the 1970s. Because of his great reputation, I laboured through a half-dozen or so of his works before I tired of him. I found several of his works (La Porte Etroite, La Symphonie Pastorale and l'Immortaliste) to be remarkable primarily for the lack of joy they created in the reader's spirit.

I suggest then that someone wishing to know more about Gide start with Le
Feb 06, 2015 Muzzy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it, yes please read it. But with this caveat: the last five pages may infuriate you.

Up until then, I was ready to call this his masterpiece, the 2nd-greatest French novel of the 20th century. It's an atheist's dream. A satire on piety. A hilarious farce of paranoia. And a madcap study of the dividing line between art and life, where art wins every time.

And then Gide chokes. His "bad guy" murders another character, a crucial event for which the author can only manage a two-sentence summati
Sep 26, 2007 Baiocco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Nobel Prizes
Shelves: fiction
While Lafcadio's Adventure is a more engaging story than Gide's "Immoralist", the latter is far more effective at poisoning the well, so to speak. What impressed me most about this 200 page gem, besides the cool cover of the Doubleday Anchor Press edition (not shown here) that I found at that Adams Ave bookstore between Normal Heights and Kensington (how big is that fucking cat? by the way) is a scene when we discover Lafcadio pricks himself with a pin when he thinks no one is looking. It was so ...more
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