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The Immoralist by André Gide
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Jul 11, 09

Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** I suppose this book was quite the shocker when it was first published in 1921, but it seems pretty tame today. A young classical scholar marries, and the couple go to Tunisia on their honeymoon. The young man, Michel, suddenly finds he is coughing up blood. They stay in Bistra until Michel gets better, then return in stages to France, where they live on Michel's family estate in Normandy. In the course of "curing himself," Michel finds himself with strong homosexual tendencies and a desire to hang out with lowlifes. In winter, when they return to Paris, the wife Marceline finds herself ... coughing up blood. From this point on, the two try to visit places they saw on their honeymoon, but as Michel gets better, Marcelline ... doesn't. In the end (and in the opening section), Michel attempts to justify his nostalgie de la boue.
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