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The Immoralist

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1930. French writer, humanist, and moralist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. Gide's search for self, the underlying theme of his several works, remained essentially religious. Throughout his career Gide used his writings to examine moral questions. He is as well known for his influence as a moralist and as a thinker as for his contributions to literatur ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1902)
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Jul 20, 2016 Jaidee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoughtful individuals who can reflect critically
Recommended to Jaidee by: have wanted to read for a very long time.
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "satanic, provocative, deceptive" stars.

5th Favorite Read of 2016

This 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.

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, la
Rakhi Dalal
Jan 02, 2015 Rakhi Dalal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 actions ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit

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 homosexual
Samra Yousuf
Mar 25, 2017 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sweet..
But what if a grown adult of five and twenty, fantasizes those children a source of his “melancholic pleasure” what if he
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 19, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); Nobel Prize for Literature
Shelves: 1001-core, nobel, french
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
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, despi ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Sep 07, 2010 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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 ...more
Nickolas the Kid
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 μονόλογο, μας παρουσιάζει τον Μισέλ και την ιστορία του...
Ο Μισέλ γράφει στους 3 καλύτερους του φίλους για την ιστορία του, την ασθένεια του, τον γάμο του και την εξέλιξη του μετά την θεραπεία του...
Με κεντρικό θέμα την καταπιεσμέ
Parthiban Sekar
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 would not b ...more
Araz Goran

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، بالمراقبة.. معجزة هي السعادة في التفاصيل الصغيرة، في تأمل مجريات الحياة، في مجابهة الآلام بتجاهل مستفز.. الصراعات مع الحياة تجري لمستقر لها وترمي بأكوام السعادة في بعض أوقاتها.. هذه الرواية هي محاورة داخلية تجري على لسان بطل وحيد
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
Nikos Tsentemeidis
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 υποχρεώσεις του. Υπάρχει ένα βάρος που του δημιουργούν η περιουσία που κληρονόμησε, οι συνειρμοί περί θανάτου που συναντά στη δουλειά του (αρχαιολόγος) μετά από τα σοβαρά προβλήματα υγείας που έχει περάσει κτλ. Τα προβλήματα αυτά τον ο ...more
Amira Mahmoud
Jan 13, 2015 Amira Mahmoud rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 قليلاً
لقد تعاملوا مع الحياة بغضب وهم يكتبون، لا أريد أن أتدخل في هذا ولا أؤكد أن الخطأ لا يأتي مني...
من ناحية فماذا أنتظر من الحياة؟ هذا هو بالتحديد ما أردت أن أتعلمه
فالواحد منهم يتحدث إلى الآخر بمهارة عن مختلف شئون الحياة، بدون أن يتحدث عن الواقع.

اللاأخلاقي؛ ظننت من اسم الرواية وتصنيف
Apr 19, 2012 knig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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 makes the fibre ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Declan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The companion volume to La 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
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 w
Oct 07, 2008 Mr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"- 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 a esposa
مروان البلوشي
نعم أندريه جيد إسم كبير في فرنسا وحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب عام ١٩٤٧...وكتب النقاد مطولا عن تفوقه في معالجة "الرواية الأخلاقية".. لكني لم أشعر أنه استطاع أن يعالج ثيمة هذه الرواية كما تستحق
May 23, 2017 Manab rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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আমি বলবো না যে মিশেল চরিতর হিসেবে দুরবল - একশ বিশ পাতায় আর কারই বা চরিতর ফুটে ওঠে - কিনতু এই কথা ত সতয যে মিশেলের এই বইয়ে ইমরাল হওয়ার চেষটাটুকু দুরবল, ঠিক যেমন দুরবল এই উপনযাসের আদযোপানত।

ভয়াবহতাটাই কখনো পুরাপুরি ধরা দেয় না এই বইয়ে, একটা লোক নীতিবোধ জলাঞজলি দিয়ে দিলো, তারে ঠেলে নিয়ে যাওয়া যেতো দুনিয়ার অনয পরানতে, কিনতু পাতার পর পাতা ইউরোপের রাসতাঘাটের আর আফরিকার উততর দিকটার বরণনাই চোখে পড়ে বরং। আর আছে মাঝখানে কয়েক পাতা নরমানডি, তারপর একটু বিরতি দিয়ে আবার নরমানডি, হয়ত আমার নীতিবোধের জঞান একটু দুরব
Jun 06, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in philosophy
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 ...more
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 ...more
Steven  Godin
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, ...more
Justin Evans
Jul 24, 2015 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
MJ Nicholls
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 t ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was good overall but certainly not as good as strait is the gate. This book is about a couple who are well off enough to travel around Europe to some of its major cities and build the relationship and love they have for each other. The husband first falls ill and then it’s the turn of the wife near the end. Gide seems to have taken a formula that works and applied it where he gets one of the 2 main protagonists finished off by the end of the book. It moved me in places but not hal ...more
Feb 05, 2017 bengü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michel eğitimli, yakışıklı, sınırsızca zengin, gerçek dostları ve sevdiği, ona aşık, sadık, çok güzel bir karısı var; isteyip elde edemediği bir şey, kıskandığı biri veya herhangi bir kusuru yok. Onun içindeki şeytan, bu tür düşmanlaşmaların sonucu ortaya çıkan suni bir nefret değil, onun içinde çok saf, dokunulmamış, kendinden gelen bir kötülük var.

Bu kötülüğü ortaya koymaktan bile daha çok, onun varlığını bilmek, ahlaksızlığının sınırlarını keşfetmek ona zevk veriyor. 1902’deki ahlak anlayışı
An odd book in some ways - it is almost entirely told as a first person narrative about a man Michel who almost dies and in his recovery, becomes "reborn" in a way but lost in another way. This novella doesn't feel dated (with the exception that it is now rare for people to contract tuberculosis), and perhaps the new translation has something to do with that...

I don't know if this is considered to be existentialist, but Michel goes from being a student of languages and history to someone primari
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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
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