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Lafcadio's Adventures

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,340 ratings  ·  82 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
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 1953 by Doubleday Anchor Books (first published 1914)
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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
Andre Žid je insistirаo dа se njegovi romаni Uskа vrаtа, Imorаlist i Podrumi Vаtikаnа mogu sаgledаvаti zаjedno u vidu nezvаnične trilogije. Ovа prvа dvа nаrаtivа su jаsno povezаnа kontrаstnim predstаvljаnjem morаlnog problemа erotskog. Dok je Imorаlistа doneo sliku bezobzirne egzаltаcije erosа homoseksuаlnog muškаrcа, Uskа vrаtа se temelje nа ideji odricаnjа od fizičkih аspekаtа ljubаvi Alise i Žeromа. Ako izostаvimo morаlistički аspekt obа romаnа i mаlo uprostimo stvаri, čini mi se dа Imorаlist ...more
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.
Justin Evans
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
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.
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
Rob Atkinson
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
Tom Schulte
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
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
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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
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
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
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.
Steven Monrad
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
دخمههای واتیکان () ترجمه سیروس ذکاء انتشارات یزدان و تحت عنوان سردابهای واتیکان ترجمه عبدالحسین شریفیان انتشارات اساطیر. این رمان در لیست روزنامه گاردین ( رمان که هر شخص باید بخواند) قرار دارد ...more
I just didn’t get this book. Considering that the author is held in such high esteem, and is indeed a Nobel Laureate, I’m quite willing to accept that it’s my intellect and not the book that’s at fault, but I found nothing in it to entertain or engage me. It’s a farcical and picaresque tale which wanders through Europe with a motley collection of characters, none of whom seemed in any way likeable or indeed credible to me, who are involved in an absurd plot to rescue the Pope who has apparently ...more
Kevin Tole
Most French bollix is not high on my list of likes. What attracted to me about this was I was looking for a book where the protagonists found Jesus imprisoned beneath the Vatican which was a complete riot of a book. Searched for it but could not find it but did find this. Never read any Gide. Saw that he was highly thought of by the DaDaists. Thought I'd give it a go.

wasn't inspired at the start. Read like another piece of Edwardian middleclass bourgeois tosh. In fact the more I read it, it seem
J de Salvo
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.
To talk of the volume – it's great; you can learn all you need to from the one-page introduction, tackle the actual novel, then find out what the heck it's all about courtesy the closing essay once you've given up. For give up you will – even if it's well after the halfway mark. I'd not even reached the cellars, and I'd not got to THAT scene, but I really don’t think I missed much – it's all waffle, pretentiousness for the sake of pointing out religious pretentiousness, and gets nowhere fast. It ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Lafcadio rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
Paul A.
Es un muy buen libro, que empieza de una manera brillante pero uno espera mucho más del final, solo por eso le doy un 3/5. Pero el libro en general es muy bueno, y Andre Gidé demuestra una vez más sus dotes como escritor y una versatilidad en la narración maravillosa.

The book is so good. The Beginning is is great but then You wait another end, just for that reason I give to the book 3/5. But, the story is good, have very goods concepts and André Gide shows one more time his talent as writer and
Ronan Mcdonnell
Alternates between idiosyncratic society portrait and biting satire of the last days days of a colonial europe. Gide questions our motivations and freedom, but also his allowance as a writer to pursue and extend those with his characters. There is an urgency to the writing, and you feel his anxiety to respond to wider questions on his previous works. The narrator pops in and out, even directing us at times and showing the artifice of the writing. It's wonderful.
Sep 26, 2007 Baiocco rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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