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The Immoralist

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  5,084 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Un matin, j'eus une curieuse révélation sur moi-même : Moktir, le seul des protégés de ma femme qui ne m'irritât point, était seul avec moi dans ma chambre.
Je me tenais debout auprès du feu, les deux coudes sur la cheminée, devant un livre, et je paraissais absorbé, mais pouvais voir se refléter dans la glace les mouvements de l'enfant à qui je tournais le dos. Une curiosi
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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

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
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
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 03, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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, french, nobel
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
Paquita Maria Sanchez
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jun 06, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
In realtà sono 2.5 . Giusto perché la notte porta consiglio. Voglio dire, se avessi scritto ieri sera questa review, di stellina ce ne sarebbe stata una. Perché questo libro lascia un po’ con la bocca asciutta. Anzi diciamo la verità: te la bagna poco sin dall’inizio. Diciamo che per dissetarti devi stare lì a scavare con le unghie per far sgorgar fuori un po’ d’acqua.

Questo Michel, dopo essersi sposato con Marceline, che stima molto ma che poco ama, si ammala e, quando sta lì per lì per morir
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
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
In Gide's The Immoralist, we are given the story of a man's moral decline from his own self-pitying and apologist point of view. The narrator is Michel, a man who is rather comfortably provided for following his father's death, he is a classics scholar, a traveller, and a morally misguided and ambiguous character. He marries a young woman who he does not have feeling for, to satisfy his father's wish to see him married off before his own death, and validates this choice with the appraisal that h ...more
David Bonesteel
Having faced his mortality following a bout with tuberculosis, scholar Michel resolves to live a more "authentic" life, obeying the dictates of his heart rather than the repressive strictures of society.

For me, the fascinating tension in this novel concerns the balance between selfish egotism and one's responsibility to others. Andre Gide's presentation of illness is compelling and horrifying, offering a plausible catalyst for Michel's decision to change his life in fundamental ways. It is easy
The Immoralist begins with a letter, with the writer wondering how to react to the confession he has just heard from his friend Michel. From there, we read the confession of which he speaks. Michel tells the story of his marriage to Marceline, and the process of self-discovery that has compelled him to call his friends together to tell them about it.

I was under the impression before reading it that the immorality referred to in the title was homosexuality, and it is - to a degree. However, that

الرواية تأتي في ١٥٠ صفحة تقريباً ويمكن قراءتها في يوم واحد. مايحاول أن يوصله اندريه جيد من خلال هذه الرواية القصيرة هو أنه يجب على الإنسان أن يكون نفسه بشكل كامل، حتى لو وصل به الأمر إلى أن تكون له طبيعة جنسية غير سويّة ومغايره للميل الإنساني الطبيعي للجنس الآخر دون أن يعني ذلك خيانته لقيَمه الفكرية والأخلاقية التي يؤمن بها. فنرى في الشخصية الرئيسية للرواية (والتي تعبّر عن شخصية اندريه الحقيقية) مثلاً أنه يقوم بالإعتناء بزوجته المريضه من جهه ويميل وينجذب للغلمان من جهة اخرى - لم يكن في الرواية ا
I read this book when I was in high school and did not appreciate it. Fortunately, I returned to it and have read it several times since then. While I think The Counterfeiters is a better novel I still hold this novella in great esteem. Gide's approach to the erotic continues to amaze me. The similarity of his demonstration of eros here with Thomas Mann's approach in his novella, Death in Venice, is striking. Both are imbued with the influence of Nietzsche, but Mann takes a more classical philos ...more
Mohamed Alwakeel
انتهيت للتوّ من قراءة رواية (اللاأخلاقي) أو (رجل عديم الأخلاق) للأديب الفرنسي أندريه جيد..

والحقيقة إن جانب كبير من الرواية مش مفهوم بالنسبة لي إلا إنها قصة ترحال ومرض :)) إلا إن الراجل كانت له وجهة نظر جديدة من نوعها في عصره في السعادة.. إنها مش تقيّد بالمجتمع بقدر ما هي إن الواحد يختار اللي بيشعره بالسعادة ويعمله وإنه حتى ما يختار في مجالات العمل غير اللي يحسّ فيه بالبهجة عن غيره.. غير إني اكتشفت إن الراجل -والله أعلم- بيشجع صراحة على الحرية الجنسية خاصة حرية الجنس المثلي. وهي ربما دعوة مثيرة ل
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
Nicolas Baygert
Récit d’un chassé-croisé vers le sud, celui d’une renaissance moniste où Michel, protagoniste transfiguré opère sa mue, laissant barbe et confort derrière lui tel une peau de serpent surannée. Apologue d’un élan vitaliste après la maladie l’ayant mené au bord du précipice.

Michel, historien exhumant jadis les héros archaïques, tourne résolument le dos aux témoins du passés : « le souvenir est une invention de malheur » (P. 172.). À la vitalité ancestrale d’Athalaric il préfère désormais celle de
Translated by Dorothy Bussy. This odd book was written after Gide discovered Nietzsche. It concerns a professor named Michel who, after recovering from TB, decides to live for the moment, repudiating culture, restraint and traditional rationalist thought. He also appears to become a homosexual pedophile. His wife contracts TB herself, and Michel tries to care for her, but his own selfish impulses are too strong; he takes her on a maniacal, whirlwind tour of Italy and north Africa. She dies.

Boring, but really boring. It started well, some nice beautiful pieces of wisdom and bang...about half way through it, lost me, nothing. I just couldn't answer the question: "why do I read this book", with each page I was hoping the answer will jump at me in the next page, the next page until I was at the end of the book!
“Yet I'm sure there's something more to be read in a man. People dare not -- they dare not turn the page. The laws of mimicry -- I call them the laws of fear. People are afraid to find themselves alone, and don't find themselves at all. I hate this moral agoraphobia -- it's the worst kind of cowardice. You can't create something without being alone. But who's trying to create here? What seems different in yourself: that's the one rare thing you possess, the one thing which gives each of us his w ...more
دينا سليمان
إنه قانون الإثارة، أو كما أسميه قانون الخوف، نحن خائفون أن نكون وحدنا، وألانجد شيئاً، هذا الإرهاب المعنوى يبدو لى بشعاً، إنه الجبن المزدوج، ترى من يحاول ؟ إنه الشخص الذى يحس فى نفسه بالتناقض، وهو أيضاً الذى يمكنه أن يمتلك شيئاً من الندرة، ويرتبط بكل مايعطيه أى إنسان للأمر من قيمة، ومايحاول أن يبرزه ويثيره، ويزعم إنه يحب الحياة
أدب أندريه جيد هو حياته .. يحكي يومياته ، معاناته ، رحلاته في شمال أفريقيا وإيطاليا وسويسرا .. في تفاصيل تتجلى فيها الرعاية والحب مع زوجته .
كل البهجة تنتظرنا دومًا ، لكنها تريد أن تجد العش الخاوي ، أن تكون وحيدة ، وأن تصل إلينا كأنها أمل .
Interesting look of total 'liberation' and its costs. Narrator varied wildly between fascinating and wholly repulsing. Back in its day, it might have been revolutionary. Now it has not aged well.
André Gide's "L'immoraliste" was published in precisely the same year as Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," 1902. These works are similar in at least two respects: first, each is a framed narrative--a story told to friends--and thereby distanced slightly from the reader; second, and more importantly for this review, each is an excursion into an inner reality, some "authenticity" that lies beyond the worlds of facade and convention. Conrad's book, at least so it seems to me, is a journey to Kur ...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.

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