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The Immoralist by André Gide
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Jul 19, 14

bookshelves: french-literature

I'm really not sure what to make of this. Mostly because I couldn't tell if Michel's nascent attraction to young men was just homosexuality or if it was more about some weird, romanticized ideas about youth with a bit of cheap oriental exoticism thrown in. It's also hard to know how to read people who basically spend all of their time being deathly ill and sulking. Are they repressed because their unhappy or just unhappy because they're repressed? I don't know. It's an easy read, and while it might have caused a scandal when it came out, by 21st century standards it just seems kind of weak.
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