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The Immoralist by André Gide
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Jun 12, 09

bookshelves: cult-fiction
Read in June, 2009

This book shares many similarities with Mann's Death in Venice. It's really short and our protagonist has homosexual leanings, all though those leanings are more subtle in this story.

Michel starts out sick with Tuberculosis and has his wife, Marceline, acting as caretaker as the two of them travel around Europe in searching for a climate most suitable to curing his disease. On this trip, Michel is learning to love his wife, but his love is strained and probably resembles something closer to tenderness. He doesn't really see her as an individual. After Michel has recovered, the couple returns to their farm in Normandy where Michel becomes more selfish and greedy regarding land and the way he spends his time (preferring the company of the young male workers to Marceline). When the tables are turned, and it is Marceline suffering from TB, Michel tries to replicate his wife's compassion, but falls very short.

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