Nov 28, 09
Read in January, 1963
Read in the original French, in 1963 or so, and then again a couple of years later. I was attracted at that age to Gide's struggle, in literary form, with his need to belong to bourgeois society whileout, somehow not denying his true inner self. It's been a long time, but I seem to remember that the rather puritanical, very proper main character is fascinated by adolescent boys who are unburdened by restrictive morality. What is the true self? What is the false/counterfeit self? Riveting plot and characters, revealed through Gide's precise and dignified writing style.