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The Immoralist by André Gide
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Feb 17, 2009

it was ok
Read in February, 2009

I have a hard time discussing why I did and did not like this book. It is a real time piece, part of the history of white European males going to Africa, or the Arab world (in this case, largely Northern Africa - covering both the African phenomenon and the Arab one). Not quite the power of The Stranger, this book doesn't have the cultural currency of Camus' work, but is definitely part of that dialogue. I don't know if, at this point in history, that dialogue is so fascinating. Gide's book flirts with the narrators identity as an adulterer and, more offensively to today's reader, pedophile. Oh, it has that languoring intellectual on tour format that I guess I, as a man, am supposed to connect to, but it seems so dated in this instance and just made me think I should read Paul Bowles or a more current author. I don't know, I should write a better, more constructive review, but all I can say is it was so so. If you haven't read the stranger, pick that over this.
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