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André Paul Guillaume Gide (French: [ɑdʁe pɔl ɡijom ʒid]; 22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight".[1] Gide's career ranged f ...more
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Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoughtful individuals who can reflect critically
Recommended to Jaidee by: have wanted to read for a very long time.
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "satanic, provocative, deceptive" stars.

5th Favorite Read of 2016

This book mesmerized and shocked me in equal measure.

Beautiful in its writing, quiet in its execution, seductive in its message and destructive in its implications.

The book begins with a suppressed young dutiful intellectual and ends with a despairing debauched and self-deluded libertine. In between is some of the most exquisite writing and the transformation of a young man from upstanding c/>
Ahmad Sharabiani
778. L'immoraliste = The Immoralist, André Gide
The Immoralist (French: L'Immoraliste) is a novel by André Gide, published in France in 1902.
The Immoralist is a recollection of events that Michel narrates to his three visiting friends. One of those friends solicits job search assistance for Michel by including in a letter to Monsieur D. R., Président du Conseil, a transcript of Michel's first-person account.
Important points of Michel's story are his recovery from tuberculosis; h
Issa Deerbany
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-winners
سيرة ذاتية أندريه جيد في مرحلة من مراحل حياته وعلاقته مع زوجته.

يصف أندريه حياته الرتيبة القائمة على العمل حتى وجد نفسه انه احد الأغنياء. تزوج بدون حب وكانت علاقته معها علاقة عادية خالية من الشغف رغم اعتناءها به وهو في مرحلة المرض. ليكتشف بعد ذلك انه يحبها كثيرا وظهر ذلك من خلال عنايته لزوجته خلال فترة مرضها بعد ان انعكس الوضع.

هذه الفترة التي يصفها كانت عبارة عن رحلات وسفر من مدينة الى مدينة الى قرية . يبدع هنا جيد في وصف الطبيعة وكذلك الأشخاص الذين يقابلهم في رحلاته وكان
I wish I had read L’Immoraliste around the year 1904. That would have been about two years after it was published and about two years before Picasso started distorting eyes and mouths and jaws and limbs in his painted prostitutes.

I am trying to picture myself dressed in yards and yards of bombazine, chiffon and lace, shapely cut to follow my already markedly thin waist, thanks to those bone stays that have cinched it into a harness, sorry, a corset. I need to feel the effort of breathing in, languidly, and
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Knowing how to free oneself is nothing; the difficult thing is knowing how to live with that freedom”

Freedom is perhaps the heaviest of the burdens to carry through our lives. For to be free means to get rid of all references, all dogmas, but how could one get rid of those; for all the ethics and moral codes, we have developed over ages though evolution, define our societal structures. And to maintain order in our society we need these structures or least that is how we know it. How terrifying
Rakhi Dalal
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What conjures up in the mind at the mere mention of the word ‘morality’ is a question that our evolutionary advanced mankind hasn’t been able to find an appropriate response to. For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal. Vague not because there is a dearth of reasons associated with the necessity or goodness of moral values required for a harmonious existence of humans in the society but because the certainty of actions ...more
Paul Bryant
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Yeah well how immoral could things really get when this thin novel was published in 1902? It turns out – quite immoral. Our narrator, Michel, gradually finds out that what he really wants to do is not to write dry essays on Gothic antiquities and buy another elaborate hat for his pallid wife, no, what he really wants to do is have sex with young boys. So he does.

Michel is the very person who these days would be arrested at the airport on returning from his three month holiday in Viet
Samra Yusuf
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we are growing children, we have so many fantasies of countless things, we have our own interpretations of the phenomena of nature, Imagination of a bearded old man dwelling in sky as God, Rain from sky as tears of angels, angry trees shedding leaves, fairies visiting only good children at night, and so many and many….
They all sound sweet to ears, even stupid but sweet..
But what if a grown adult of five and twenty, fantasizes those children a source of his “melancholic pleasure”
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit

My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a story about a young man, Michel, narrating his life, how he learned more about himself through introspection while getting married and witnessing tragedies. Travelling around Europe and North Africa, rootless. It’s essentially a tale of self-discovery.

In tone this book really reminded me of Camus. I was expecting something a little more shocking as I heard this book was considered scandalous at the turn of the last century.There were
i feel a little dirty reading this sandwiched between all my children's books for class. kids, take three giant steps back from gide... i think i loved this book, but i think i may want to read another translation. who knows from translations?? i have the richard howard one here, and i know he's like a star in the french/english translation world but i didn't like his introduction to this so much, and was wondering if there might be another recommended translation? i liked this book a lot, despi ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); Nobel Prize for Literature
Shelves: 1001-core, french, nobel
If you are a bisexual, will you marry?

Andre Gide (1869-1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. So, this book, despite its theme on homosexuality, should not be brand or worse, mock, as another gay lit book.

The story revolves around a bisexual man, Michel, who has devoted his early years to his studies so he becomes a scholar. Then, to please his dying father, he gets himself a wife, Marceline and the young couple goes to North Africa for their hone
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Well written, but ultimately unsatisfying. I'm certain that I would have a stronger feeling about this book if I lived during a time when homosexuals were made to repress their true selves, imperialism was the word of the day, monotony was taking over the workforce, Arabs were looked down upon by much of western culture, tourists paid meager rates to third-world children for labor services and sexual favors, a huge percentage of visual artists and intellectuals were snobby and pretentious, too m ...more
Parthiban Sekar
Immorality is often, from time immemorial, attributed more to one’s sexual orientation, as if immorality is born out of it. Long, not very long, ago there was this Man-Made Immorality Act, upon which I won’t expound, which makes me think that all we, somehow, describe as Immoral are defined by us. And at times, we seem confounded by our own definitions. The very idea of Morality seems “extrinsic”, as opposed to the wide-spread belief that we are born as moral beings and any deviation would not b ...more
The Casbah, 1895 ~ Roaming from bar to bar in Algiers, Oscar Wilde and Gide (1869-1951) find themselves amid Zouaves and sailors, as Gide records elsewhere. "Do you want the little musician?" asks OW, whose own lips seemed "as if soft with milk and ready to suck again," says the symbolist Marcel Schwob.

OW is not Mephistopheles. Young Gide, having hurled aside his moralistic, Protestant upbringing, had already been playing both Marguerite & Faust in N. Africa with a "special friend." He know
Nickolas the Kid
Δυνατό βιβλιο.. Ο Ζιντ έχει μια ικανότητα να αναμοχλεύει και να αναδεικνύει όλες τις ενδόμυχες σκέψεις του αναγνώστη...
Φανερά επηρεασμένος από την φιλία του με τον Όσκαρ Γουάιλντ και από τις ιδιαίτερες σεξουαλικές του προτιμήσεις ο Ζιντ, μέσα από έναν σχεδόν βιωματικό μονόλογο, μας παρουσιάζει τον Μισέλ και την ιστορία του...
Ο Μισέλ γράφει στους 3 καλύτερους του φίλους για την ιστορία του, την ασθένεια του, τον γάμο του και την εξέλιξη του μετά την θεραπεία του...
Με κεντρικό θέμα τη
Araz Goran

يبدو جلياً أن أندريه جيد لا يعرف تأدية الأدوار المزيفة في الرواية، يكتب عن نفسه ،يقتحم عالم ذاته وشخصيته والتي تبدو أن أوتار القلق والإضطراب ظاهرة فيها وبقوة..

مابين المرض والسعادة، تتغير أشياء كثيرة وتتبدل أخرى ويضحى للعمر بصائر جديدة تحكم على صاحبها بالتخلي، بالسكون، بالمراقبة.. معجزة هي السعادة في التفاصيل الصغيرة، في تأمل مجريات الحياة، في مجابهة الآلام بتجاهل مستفز.. الصراعات مع الحياة تجري لمستقر لها وترمي بأكوام السعادة في بعض أوقاتها.. هذه الرواية هي محاورة داخلية تجري على لسان بطل وحيد
Amira Mahmoud
Jan 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
في البداية كنت أتمنى أن أعثر على مفهوم مباشر للحياة لدى بعض الروائيين وبعض الشعراء
ولكنهم لو كانوا يمتلكون هذا المهفوم فيجب أن نعترف أنهم لم يعبّروا عنه قط
ويبدو ليّ أن أغلبهم لم يعش قط أيضًا، ولم يسعد بالحياة ولو قليلاً
لقد تعاملوا مع الحياة بغضب وهم يكتبون، لا أريد أن أتدخل في هذا ولا أؤكد أن الخطأ لا يأتي مني...
من ناحية فماذا أنتظر من الحياة؟ هذا هو بالتحديد ما أردت أن أتعلمه
فالواحد منهم يتحدث إلى الآخر بمهارة عن مختلف شئون الحياة، بدون أن يتحدث عن الواقع.

Nikos Tsentemeidis
Ολόκληρο το βιβλίο αποτελεί ένα μονόλογο, μια εξομολόγηση του πρωταγωνιστή στους καλύτερούς του φίλους, για ότι η ζωή του έχει επιφυλάξει, από το γάμο του και έπειτα. Τα διάφορα προβλήματα της καθημερινότητας συντελούν, ώστε να παρεκκλίνει από τη συνέπεια προς τις υποχρεώσεις του. Υπάρχει ένα βάρος που του δημιουργούν η περιουσία που κληρονόμησε, οι συνειρμοί περί θανάτου που συναντά στη δουλειά του (αρχαιολόγος) μετά από τα σοβαρά προβλήματα υγείας που έχει περάσει κτλ. Τα προβλήματα αυτά τον ο ...more
The companion volume to La Porte Etroite . In the first book, Gide looks at what happens when someone allows themselves to become obsessed with the idea of God, to the exclusion of all normal human feelings. In this one, he shows what happens when you go to the other extreme and abandon moral values altogether. Taken as a pair, which is what he intended, I thought they were very good.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Michel: blah bah (coughs up blood) blah blah blah blah blah blah (wife coughs up blood) blah blah blah (wife dies) blah blah.
The reader: whatever.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never felt that it is in any way important to like or admire the main character in a novel. It seems to me far more important that language and structure should be used to support a narrative that convinces us about the authenticity of everything that happens within the novel. So it is with 'The Immoralist'

I dislike Michel, the narrator and central character of the book, but I am persuaded that everything he does in the book is, for him, unavoidable. With every advance in his th
Steven Godin
From the pen of André Gide "The Immoralist" explores the fundamental problem of the moral conditions of our existence, using man and wife as the subject matter on how the gap between what we once were and how to perceive what lies ahead of us. Published in 1902 where it was received as tedious with moments to shock, Gide glides with an artsy format through the loveless marriage of Michel and Marceline who travel to Tunisia for their honeymoon only for Marcel to come down with serious ill health, ...more
Jim Fonseca
This is a strange tale, almost a parable. A young Frenchman marries a young woman and anticipates a wonderful life. But he is so anxious to live life to the fullest and experience everything that he drags his wife with him even when she is ill. Even he does not seem to know what he is looking for except somehow to “live life to the fullest.” Eventually his wife develops tuberculosis and still he wears her out traveling, and she dies. He doesn’t skip a beat and keeps on going. He is trying too ha ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Absolutely stunning portrayal of a French Catholic repressive confronting his (homo) sexuality at the turn of last century. I deliberately write ‘confronting’ rather than ‘journey of discovery’, ‘development’ or any other word which might imply a process of evolvement leading to clarity or even acceptance, for this is singularly missing. What unravels instead, is a sublime subconscious, torturous confrontation, an unwanted, unspoken clash of instinct and reason. And this is what makes the fibre ...more
Mike Puma
With a title like The Immoralist, you might expect something along the lines of Sade. You’d be way off base. Instead, this novel is more subtle, more like Death in Venice, complete with its themes of a septic environment, tuberculosis, and, perhaps, pederasty. The protagonist, Michel, is captivated by healthy and strikingly handsome boys and young men, and of those young men, he is attracted to those who are most rugged and handsome, with their own secrets, or the most dissolute.

At best, or at worst,
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andre Gide's small confession is a key work of French modernism. In a way this novel is a precursor to Camus' Stranger, though it is much more elegant and subtle than the latter.

Michel is the titular Immoralist, a man determined to live life fully without the arbitrary constrictions of religion or morality. He is recently married to a woman he admits he does not love; but when he falls ill to tuberculosis her loving comfort wins him over.

Together they travel throughout the beautiful coast of I
"- Ainda se os nossos cérebros medíocres soubessem embalsamar as lembranças! Mas estas conservam-se mal; as mais delicadas se desfazem, as mais voluptuosas apodrecem; as mais deliciosas são as que oferecem mais perigo. Aquilo de que a gente se arrepende era antes delicioso."
André Gide, escritor francês - laureado com o Nobel em 1947 - foi contemporâneo de Valéry e de Proust.
O Imoralista é considerado um dos seus livros mais ousados. Conta a história de um homem casado que, embora ame a esposa, se sente fascinado por u
مروان البلوشي
نعم أندريه جيد إسم كبير في فرنسا وحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب عام ١٩٤٧...وكتب النقاد مطولا عن تفوقه في معالجة "الرواية الأخلاقية".. لكني لم أشعر أنه استطاع أن يعالج ثيمة هذه الرواية كما تستحق
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
আমি বলবো না যে মিশেল চরিতর হিসেবে দুরবল - একশ বিশ পাতায আর কারই বা চরিতর ফুটে ওঠে - কিনতু এই কথা ত সতয যে মিশেলের এই বইযে ইমরাল হওযার চেষটাটুকু দুরবল, ঠিক যেমন দুরবল এই উপনযাসের আদযোপানত।

ভযাবহতাটাই কখনো পুরাপুরি ধরা দেয না এই বইযে, একটা লোক নীতিবোধ জলাঞজলি দিযে দিলো, তারে ঠেলে নিযে যাওযা যেতো দুনিযার অনয পরানতে, কিনতু পাতার পর পাতা ইউরোপের রাসতাঘাটের আর আফরিকার উততর দিকটার বরণনাই চোখে পডে বরং। আর আছে মাঝখানে কযেক পাতা নরমানডি, তারপর একটু বিরতি দিযে আবার নরমানডি, হযত আমার নীতিবোধের জঞ
Jun 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in philosophy
I think my problem with this book is that I've heard this all before. And better said. This novel said it a long time before they did, and it got blasted for it. It was a huge controversy since this deals with sexual confusion, a rebellion against colonialist/imperialist values, a rebellion against the inertia and the status quo. That's all great, but it's done so simplisticially. It's like reading the blueprint for the rebellion/inner transformation novel. And the problem is that it's just a li ...more
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André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his pe
“Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had it.” 180 likes
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