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Strait is the Gate

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,197 ratings  ·  267 reviews
A delicate boy growing up in Paris, Jerome Palissier spends many summers at his uncle's house in the Normandy countryside, where the whole world seems 'steeped in azure'. There he falls deeply in love with his cousin Alissa and she with him. But gradually Alissa becomes convinced that Jerome's love for her is endangering his soul. In the interests of his salvation, she dec ...more
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Published March 8th 2007 by Mondial (first published 1909)
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Manny
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gide said that he meant this book to be treated as one half of a pair, together with L'Immoraliste. I took him at his word and read them in rapid succession. By the way, I should say this was atypical - I'm a "when all else fails, read the instructions" kind of person, but I found both books together at a second-hand bookstore and it seemed silly not to do what he said.

Looking at other reviews, I seem to have a fairly different take on the book, and perhaps my reading route has something to do w
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 1001-book
758. La porte etroite = Strait Is The Gate, André Gide
در تنگ – آندره ژید (نیلوفر) ادبیات فرانسه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه آوریل سال 2003 میلادی
عنوان: در تنگ؛ نویسنده: آندره ژید؛ مترجم: عبدالله توکل؛ رضا سید حسینی؛ تهران، کتابفروشی زوار؛ 1316، در 144 ص؛ چاپ دیگر متین، 1342؛ در 207 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: بامداد، 1359، در 214 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نیلوفر، 1373؛ در 184 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1381؛ شابک: 9644481615؛ چاپ ششم 1386؛
مترجم: عبدالحسین شریفیان؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1382؛ در 198 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ شابک: 9789643311490؛
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Shovelmonkey1
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001 books readers - it is short!
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
This book is been hailed as one of the most sensous and sublime love stories of the 19th century, as well as being one of Andre Gide's most vaunted publications. Me? I have no basis for comment or comparison at this time as this was my first tentative foray into the world of Andre Gide. I don't think it will be my last but I don't think I will be charging out the door to clasp all of his other publications lovingly to my bosom. It also seems a little ironic that a gay Frenchman produced one of t ...more
بثينة العيسى
النسخة الفرنسية من الرافعي والمنفلوطي.. تقريبًا.
Ahmed Ibrahim
كثيرًا ما يبدو لي أن حبي هو خير ما في نفسي، وأن فضائلي كلها تتعلق به وتتغذى منه، وأنه يرفعني إلى أعلى من ذاتي فلولاه لسقطت إلى ضعة الأناس العاديين. ففي رجاء لقائك وحده يبدو لي الدرب الشاق أفضل الدروب."

في هذه الرواية يعرض أندريه جيد تعقيدات الشعور الإنساني من خلال حبيبين في علاقة معقدة من فرط تداخل المشاعر وطغيان شعور الذنب وعدم الثقة المستحوذة على أحد طرفي العلاقة فأدى هذا إلى التعقيد في العلاقة بالرغم من تساميها.. تقول هي أنها خشيت من أن تحيد علاقتهما عن كمالها بعد أن وصلت لمرحلة سامية من الحب
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Teresa
"Esforçai-vos por entrar pela porta estreita, pois a porta larga e o caminho espaçoso levam à perdição, e numerosos são os que por aqui passam; mas estreita é a porta e cerrado o caminho que conduzem à vida, e poucos são aqueles que os encontram."
(Mateus 7:13,14)

Julieta ama Jerónimo.
Jerónimo ama Alissa.
Alissa ama Jerónimo.

Julieta casa com Eduardo.
Alissa e Jerónimo são infelizes para sempre...
Mary
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A haunting tale of doomed love.
Sad, powerful and deeply moving.
Stimulates the emotions with beautiful prose.
Such a sad ending!
Laila
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar'ın kitaplarından birinde adi geçen romandı Dar Kapı, bu vesileyle okuma listeme almıştım...

Girisgahtan bir alıntı ile baslayayım: "Fedakarlık nedir, insan aşk için nelerden vazgeçer, peki ya ilahi aşk? Saflık için, Tanrı'ya tertemiz geri dönmek için, erdem olarak kabul edilen değerleri korumak için insan bazen kendi hayatını verebilir mi?"

Kitapta başlarken çevirmenin yazdığı sunuştan yaptığım bu alıntı öyle değerli ki, eserin devamında bu soruların cevaplarına yazarın yaşamı
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Mohammad Aloush
من انجيل " لوقا " يستمد الكاتب عنوانا لروايته ، وبتأثير كلمات خلال موعظة في كنيسة يستمع لها بطل الرواية تنطلق الأحداث ، و اما بطلة الرواية فما هي إلا ظمأ صوفي يمشي على قدمين او قُل هي صلاة لملاك على هيئة شخصية روائية ، فتأمل الأجواء المصاحبة لهذه الرائعة الروائية !!

علاقة الحب بالصوفية والفلسفة الالهية هو موضوع الرواية الرئيس ، وعليه يبني الكاتب أحداثها من خلال العلاقة الغرامية التي تجمع بطلي الرواية ( اليزا و جيروم ) .

في البداية تشعر ان لا شئ مميز في علاقة الحب هذه ، تسير الامور على طبيعتها وبمر
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Nahed.E
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فرنسي

هل تعرف الإحساس الذي يراودك حين تقابل وجهك بعد عشرات السنين فتنظر للمرأة وتتذكر عمرك كله وهو يمر أمامك وكأنك تنظر من نافذة قطار سريع ؟

هذا الإحساس هو إحساس البطل في هذه الرواية التي
تتعبك معك في رومانسيتها وأخلاقها وضميرها المستيقظ دائماً
فلا الضمير ينام ولا البطل ينسي ولا المشوار ينتهي ..
وكيف ينتهي المشوار والبطل لا ينسي ؟ وحبيبته تضحي بنفسها ؟ وأختها تتعذب بحبها ؟

فالبطل يحب حبيبته
وحبيبته تحبه
وأختها تحب حبيب اختها وهو لا يحبها
وصديقه يحب اخت حبيبته وهي لا تحبه
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فنحن هنا أمام رباعي معذب
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John David
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
As with most all of Gide’s best novels, this one concerns the anxiety and yearning at the heart of human experience. A very young Jerome Palissier regularly spends holidays at the house of his aunt and uncle’s estate in Fongueusemare in rural Normandy. One day, he happens upon his cousin Alissa, who is distraught at her aloof, hypochondriacal mother. Both desperate to rescue her and drawn by a genuine affection, Jerome takes it upon himself to sweep in and rescue her like a good, Christian knigh ...more
gwayle
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
The worst kind of person is one who uses the love of another to hurt herself, someone (Alissa) who willfully provokes feelings in another (Jerome) then uses them in cheap furtherance of a self-glorifying martyrdom. Make no mistake: the about-face from self-indulgence to self-denial is itself an indulgence--and especially despicable when it makes casualties (Jerome, Juliette) of others. Morality is not algebraic; cessation doesn't undo; and neither human frailty nor youth nor the absence of ill i ...more
Silvery
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rezvan
آلیسا : نه دوست عزیز دیگر وقت نیست. از روزی که ما در پرتو عشق، یکدیگر را بهتر از عشق دیدیم دیگر وقت نبوده است. در سایه تو، رویای من چنان اوج گرفته بود که هر سرور انسانی مایه سقوط آن میگشت. من اغلب روزگاری را که می توانستم در کنار هم باشیم به نظر آورده ام. همینکه دیگر کمالی نمیداشت من دیگر نمیتوانستم تاب تحمل عشق خودمان را داشته باشم. سردم است آن آیه کتاب مقدس را به یاد داری که مایه نگرانیمان می شد و میترسیدیم خوب از معنی اش سر در نیاوریم « چون خدا ما را برای چیزی نیکوتر نگه داشته بود آنچه به ایش ...more
Amr Raouf
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, novels, owned
كلاسيكى صرف ... عذاب الحب العذرى و البحث عن الفضيله المطلقة ... حيث يكون الله وحد فى قلب الانسان و لا مشاركه من اخرين
بدايتها كانت جميله ... لكن يعيبها الكأبة المفرطة , ايضا لم يكن واضحا اسباب التقلب المفاجئ فى حالات البطلة لكن النهاية كانت كافيه للتوضيح
واضح ان النص الاصلى صعب لغويا , حاول المترجم مجاراة المستوى لكن جاء النص متكلفا بعض الشئ


Kirsty
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strait is the Gate is, for some reason, the first of Andre Gide's books which I have read, despite his having been on my radar for years. I had written his name upon the list of authors whom I hoped to get to during 2017, and also thought that he would be a great inclusion upon my Reading the World list. First published in France in 1909, and in Dorothy Bussy's 1924 translation, I could not pass up the chance of adding yet another marvellous classic of French literature to my list.

Strait is the
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David
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: big-white-square

Is Andre Gide always pointing in the wrong direction? And does he ever have any fun? Can someone please tell him that the First World War's coming and that very soon we're all going to be living in a world of "if it's a bit warm, take off your jacket. You don't have to move your entire household 200 miles to the north"?

I think I'd probably have been kinder if the secret diary had been more fun. A book with a boring secret diary? That's just rubbish, isn't it?
Ahmad Ashkaibi
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انتهت بسرعة .. هذه الرواية الشيقة اللذيذة...
وعلى الرغم من أن موضوعها ليس بالجديد إلا أنها في غاية الروعة

الرواية يقدم لها طه حسين وترجمتها رائعة..شعرت كأني قرأتها بلغتها الأصيلة من جزالة اللفظ وحسن اللغة

رواية جميلة جدا أنصح بها الجميع
Stephen Durrant
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much about this novel could lead some current readers to brush it aside, maybe even with a sneer: overheated teenage romanticism, a struggle with a literalistic but now somewhat passee notion of what Protestant devotion should be, frequent Biblical references and quotations, a somewhat "old-fashioned" use of letters and diary entries to present several points of view, etc. But I confess this novel enthralled me precisely because I have seen in my own religious tradition so many of the same tende ...more
Perihan
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dar kapıdan girmeye çabalayın. Çünkü yaşama giden yol dar ve çetindir. Bu yolu bulanlar ise çok azdır."

Kitap novella tarzında yazılmış, bir oturuşluk kitap. Ama bitince de bir ton ağır kederi yüreğe bırakıp kaçıyor. Düşün dur, kederlen dur diye!
Aşk, erdem ve ilahi aşk , bu değerler birbirlerine düşman ilan edilmiş sanki.
Birinden birini tercih etmeye mecbur bırakılmış karakterler.
Halbuki üçü birden bir arada olabilir pek tabii.

Alıntı:
"Tanrım, aşkım ve ben sana doğru ilerleyebilsek, ama hayır! B
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Rania Chokor
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: نوبل
"لقد وجهت نظراتي نحو الله، نحو هذا الذي تصدر عنه المواساة الحق، وكل رحمة وكل عطاء."
Larnacouer  de SH
KENDİME NOT: André Gide okumaya devam et. Başka, herhangi bi' kitabını daha çok seveceksin belli.
Elinde süründürmemeye çalış derim. Aynı anda bin tane kitap okumak, bin parçaya bölünmek nasıl bir hobi vizyonsuz köpek? Başladığın kitabı bitirmeden diğerini eline alma. Yettin artık.

Buda şurada bi' dursun: 843.912 GID 2013 - 843 GİD 2002
Sunny
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. So I’m going to put this right into the sufferings of young werther, the devil in the flesh, the blind owl mould. Yes I would mention Gide in the same breath as Goethe and Radiguet and Hedayat for sure. If you have ever been in love read on, if not then this will not impact you as much. The book is essentially about 2 cousins who fall in love with each other but the girl (Alissa) sacrifices her love for the boy (Jerome) because her own sister falls in love with the dude. Ok maybe a bit unre ...more
Leonard
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ayah
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
يخطئ أندريه جيد عندنا يعتبر أن الحب الدنيوي يجب أن يسير في درب العذاب لنيل ملكوت الله ، تلك نظرة مخصية تافهة للحب أرفضها و أرفض،كل متعلقاتها ، باختصار جيروم و أليسا ثنائي فاشل ، و أليسا المقيتة التي أضاعت لحظات كان الأجدر أن تعيشها بكل زخمها مع حبها تستحق،الرثاء ، لوقوعها تحت تأثير استيهام بغيض جداً .
Shaghayegh.l3
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
با خوندن مائده هاى زمينى آندره ژيد ، ردپاش به راحتى همه جا قابل تشخيص ميشه و از اوناس كه كتاباش يجورايى به همديگه وصلن . تو اين كتاب هم مفاهيم فلسفى و اون جمله هاى موندگارشو با يه داستان عشقى ِ شل كن سفت كن ِ پرغرور قاطى كرده و راحتتر به خورد مغز ميره . اگه مثه من با شخصيت كتاب احساس نزديكى كنيد خيلى راحت بلاتكليفياى دختره رو درك ميكنيد كه البته نيازمند:
١) يك كراش مخفيانه روى كسى كه باهاش در ارتباطين
٢) كمى ديوانگى بيش از حد
٣) خالى از هرگونه ريسك و دلو به دريا زدن و موندن روى عقايد شخصيتون
٤) و قا
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Leslie
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better known as "Strait is the Gate". 4

This is the second French classic I have read translated by Walter Ballenberger. I appreciate the way he has put them into modern English without losing the flavor of France.

I have only read one other book by Andre Gide, "The Immoralist". Both that novel and this one deal with people who choose to live their lives according to a guiding principle and where that decision takes them. While I could understand the main character in "The Immoralist" better, I
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Sanabel Atya
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, novels

الفكرة الدينية المنتشرة عند المجتمع المتدين في الغرب عن التضحية بأبسط مشاعر الحياة إرضاء لرغبة الرب، أراها فكرة مقيتة !
و كأن الإنسان بها لم يُخلق إلا ليتناول العذاب تلو العذاب حتى يأخذ الله أمانته...
يا الهي ما اقسى ألا يعيش الإنسانٍ في حب إنسانيّ خالص.
باب ضيقٌ حقاً هو ذاك الباب الذي يُفضي إلى نهاية تعيسة أبعد ما تكون عن الطبيعية الاجتماعية لدى البشر.
نظرة جيروم في أن التقرب إلى الله ممكن باتحاد روحين معاً،، أقرب للعقل الإنساني الخالص.. فنحن لسنا بملائكة ولا أشباه آلهة.

وفيما يتعلق بشخصية أليسا،
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Golriz
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
 «از درِ تنگ داخل شوید، زیرا فراخ است آن در و عریض است آن راه که به هلاکت منتهی میشود و داخلشوندگانِ به آن بسیارند. اما تنگ است آن در و سخت است آن راه که به حیات منتهی میشود، و یابندگان آن کماند.» (متی باب 7، آیات 13 تا 14). 
این کناب رو حدود ۱۰ سال پیش خوندم و راستش خیلی ازش به یاد ندارم به جز عنوان کتاب که ناخودآگاه امروز دوباره در ذهنم تکرار شد که راه سعادت تنگ است و مرز باریک است و کفر و ایمان چه به هم نزدیک!
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Vishnu
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short review for a short novel.

As French things go, this one went too. Delicate in its aesthetics, bold in ideas and a little silly in its notions of love. A petite and accessible tale of love and its labours lost and a simultaneous ode into dejection.

For me, this serves as an introduction to Gide before I read the more serious work that is 'The Counterfeiters'.
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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 personality, s
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“خير لحظات الحب هي ما سبقت قول أحبّك.” 8 likes
“La tristesse est une complication. Jamais je ne cherchais à analyser mon bonheur. ... Et je me demande à present si c'est bien le bonheur que je souhaite ou plutôt l'acheminement vers le bonheur.” 4 likes
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