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The Immoralist by André Gide
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Jan 13, 12

One of the first books about which I can definitely say "I wish there was more pedophilia," but there you go. It's got a simplistic structure with simplistic characters (main character excepted) and a simplistic message that's just vague, unanalyzed Nihilism. And it's constantly brushing the immoral stuff off to the side, so instead of hearing about drunken revelry, we get more stuff about how he's not feeling guilty for being kind-of indifferent to his wife. Of course, the fact that he's constantly recording his non-guilt implies he does feel guilty, but he's not really interesting enough to merit psychoanalysis. I look forward to reading more (later) Gide in the future, but this was a let down for me.
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