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The Counterfeiters

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  6,976 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Originally published in 1925, this book became known for the frank sexuality of its contents and its account of middle class French morality. The themes of the book explore the problem of morals, the problem of society and the problems facing writers. An appendix to this edition (Vintage, 1973) contains excerpts from the Gide's notebooks which he kept while writing this bo ...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published June 12th 1973 by Vintage (first published 1925)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les faux-monnayeurs = The Counterfeiters, André Gide (André Paul Guillaume Gide)
The Counterfeiters (French: Les Faux-monnayeurs) is a 1925 novel by French author André Gide, first published in Nouvelle Revue Française. With many characters and crisscrossing plot lines, its main theme is that of the original and the copy, and what differentiates them – both in the external plot of the counterfeit gold coins and in the portrayal of the characters' feelings and their relationships. The Counterfeite
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Luís C.
The Counterfeiters is the main novel of the work of the French author André Gide. It tells the story of a multitude of characters, each of which symbolizes the different incarnations of the author, declaims all philosophical theories on the novel and art and human relations and develops them up to convince the reader, just before continuing in another character (taken in a new context generally) an idea that has everything contradictory and which appears to us just as right. In the end the story ...more
Hadrian
A tangled web of a novel. Drifts from one character to the next. Good conversations and a pretty exciting plot. Assume everyone is gay until proven otherwise.
qwerty
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τα 4* για έναν επίλογο ΣΥΓΚΛΟΝΙΣΤΙΚΟ!!!!!! Το τελείωσα με δάκρυα στα μάτια.

Είναι αναμφισβήτητα ένα σπουδαίο βίβλίο με πολλά κρυμμένα σοφά μηνύματα περί παιδείας, πατρικών, μητρικών και αδελφικών σχέσεων και φιλίας. Προσωπικά, το βρήκα πολύ ενδιαφέρον στην αρχή, κάπου στη μέση με έκανε να ψιλοβαρεθώ και στο τέλος η αγωνία κορυφώθηκε. Αξίζει, επίσης το γεγονός ότι είναι ενα μυθιστόρημα περί μυθιστορήματος, έμπνευσης και συγγραφέα. Παρακολουθούμε έναν συγγραφέα να εμπνέεται το μυθιστόρημά του από γ
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Sofía (Софья)
Este libro es literatura sobre literatura. Es metatexto, es anti-novela, es provocación hecha novela. Eduardo es un hombre que escribe una novela y nosotros (los lectores) leemos el borrador de esa novela. Nos encontramos con fragmentos que no le salen y que él dice que no va a publicarlos, nos encontramos con personajes que aparecen y desaparecen como fantasmas (un ejemplo es Vicente, de quien perdemos el rastro en África). El texto tiene estructura de notas del borrador.

¿Por qué André Gide esc
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James
The Counterfeiters is a book about writing a book, also called "The Counterfeiters". That is the primary theme of the novel which comes from the title of the book by the writer Edouard. Thus The Counterfeiters is a novel-within-a-novel, with Edouard (the alter ego of Gide) writing a book of the same title. Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters' motivations or discusses alternate realities. H ...more
Sheyda Heydari Shovir
سكه سازان تصور بى خودى كه كتاب هاى مدرسه از آندره ژيد به من داده بودو عوض كرد و در واقع از جزئياتى كه بهشىن توجه مى كنه و تجربه هايى كه ازشون مى نويسه خيلى خوشم اومد و حتما چيز ديگرى از آندره ژيد خواهم خوند.
نكته اين كتاب شخصيت پردازى هاشه، خيلى خوب درومده. آدم دوست داره همه چيزشون رو دنبال كنه و بيشتر ازشون بدونه.
تو كتاب از يك سرى تجربه در روابط و دوستى ها حرف مى زنه. خوندن اين ها منو مجاب مى كنه كتاب بخونم. انقدر اصيل اند و انقدر در تجربه شون تنها و حيران بوده م كه از خوندنشون سر ذوق ميام و دو
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Bethan
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is subtle metafiction since one of the main characters is a writer and the nature of Gide's The Counterfeiters is intellectual, bohemian, philosophical and of its time - for example, Freudian techniques used on a boy are exposited upon and discussed. It follows various people of a social milieu, from schoolboys to new school-leavers, to their parents and relatives, to an old schoolmaster, and is about their relationships and connections: in that sense, it was soap-like. It is also very homo ...more
P.E.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Que cette question de la sincérité est irritante ! Sincérité ! Quand j'en parle, je ne songe qu'à sa sincérité à elle. Si je me retourne vers moi, je cesse de comprendre ce que ce mot veut dire. Je ne suis jamais ce que je crois que je suis - et cela varie sans cesse, de sorte que souvent, si je n'étais là pour les accointer, mon être du matin ne reconnaîtrait pas celui du soir. Rien ne saurait être plus différent de moi, que moi-même. Ce n'est que dans la solitude que parfois le substrat m'ap ...more
Mahmood666
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب واقعا زیبا شروع میشه و پایان بسیار جذابی هم داره .کلا من خیلی ازش خوشم اومد ولی مشکل کتاب در اینه که ژید اندیشه ی قدرتمندی نداره(در مقایسه با پروست ،مان و موزیل).بر خلاف نظر خود ژید راجع به نبود عنصر داستانی در این کتاب،کتاب سرشار از حادثه و اتفاقات باور نکردنیه.بعضی از بخشهای کتاب به شدت شبیه رمان های داستایفسکی(مخصوصا ابله و آزردگان)از آب در اومده.رمانتسیسم در جای جای کتاب موج میزنه و داستان خیلی غیر قابل باوره.من همون مشکلی رو که باآثار داستا یفسکی دارم با این کتاب داشتم(از جمله سخنان عج ...more
Armin
Mar 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Frömmlerischer Schwulenschmalz
*Achtung Rezi in Progress*

Persönliche Befangenheitserklärung

Bin erst mal froh, dass ich's hinter mir habe, aber als Literaturfreund maßlos enttäuscht, auch wenn das Buch für die damalige Schwulen-Szene oder reife Freunde von Knaben, die sich im Dauerringkampf mit ihrem puritanisch-christlichen Erbe befanden, sicher der Brüller war. Hauptmotivation durchzuhalten, war die stilbildende Funktion für Klaus Manns Vulkan, an dessen Eigenheiten ich schon mehr als einmal ges
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Tony
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Gide, Andre. THE COUNTERFEITERS. (1925). ****. This is an extremely complex novel from this distinguished French author (1869-1951) who had apparently published over thirty books during his career. This is the only one he acknowledged as being a novel. I remember, though, being assigned “The Immoralist” to read in college, and was led to believe it was a novel. It was – as far as I could tell – but certainly departed from the novelistic norms. This book does the same. We re introduced to charact ...more
Gregg Bell
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The Counterfeiters is a book for writers, intellectuals or learners. It's an odd book with crisscrossing themes and story lines. Difficult to follow. (I gave up trying to follow it.) Gide, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, is an old-time writer, the emphasis being on "writer," rather than "novelist." In those days, there weren't that many writers around and writers often were able to put whatever they wanted in their books.

And Gide put a lot in this book. It's just not much of a story.
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Mahi
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حس میکنم آندره ژید این کتاب رو به تقلید یا با الهام از جنایت و مکافات نوشته ولی چندان نتونسته خوب پی ریزیش کنه. یه جهایی خیلی آشفته میشه و شخصیتها سرگردون میشن ولی در کل حس خوبی داشت داستان
Hasan حسن  منصور
بدت لي كأنها قنطرة بين كلاسيكية القرن التاسع عشر وتجريبية القرن العشرين!..القليل من كل شيء وبسلاسة ومهارة أصيلة..حكائية بلزاك لكن دون إغراقه في التفاصيل، تشريح زوﻻ اﻹجتماعي لكن دون سوداوية أو قساوة، مثالية هوغو/واقعية فلوبير!..كرواية أولى لجيد ﻻ بد وأنها حملت أثرا ﻷساليب العمالقة لكنه أيضا بث فيها الكثير من آراءه في اﻷدب والنقد بلسان إدوار أو بمذكراته! استخدم جيد ضمير الراوي العليم والمذكرات بضمير المتكلم..كما أظهر فيها ميوله المثلية الشاذه لكن بأسلوب موارب!(بالطبع ﻻ يمكننا أن نجزم إن كانت الموا ...more
Kit
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book I couldn't figure out. The feeling I get after reading it was similar to the time I read American Psycho. On the surface, you wonder, what's going on? when is this going to get interesting? And you might leave disappointed. There's something subliminal about the Counterfeiters that is beyond my intelligence to figure out. The characters are meshed together in one book, which seem to act as a pressure cooker. Gide, instead of letting the plot twists and turns let the story flow as the c ...more
Charlie
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished it and am now going to read the journal the author kept while writing this. I mean it's a very long story about writing stories with a lot of characters and sometimes it feels that the line between what the character's are thinking and the what the author is thinking and what the author is thinking of the actual real novel is thin. Supposedly he let the story flow naturally and yet I have a hard time imagining that he could have done so because there are so many little things ...more
Czarny Pies
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Protestants looking for a Christian Catcher in the Rye
The reputation of the Faux-Monnayeurs is that it is an experimental novel that succeeds only where it is conventional. Gide's experimentation comes in the form of a magically real angel, multiple narrative points of view combined with more subplots and characters than would normally be considered prudent in a well-controlled work.

At 19, I liked it because the author maintained a rapid pace and clearly had great affection for his characters. As well the discussion on homosexuality was new to me.
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Victor Morosoff
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Au moment de sa parution, ce livre a été perçu, probablement, comme une révolution idéologique - le roman allait devenir une oeuvre même plus complèxe qui, au lieu de se concentrer seulement sur la simple réalité, soulignait tout d'abord la sensation de l'authentique. De nos jours - presque cent ans après - "Les faux-monnayeurs" risque, parfois, d'ennuyer, de sembler trop long, ayant une action trop riche, décousue et difficile à suivre (des lettres, un journal intime etc). Et, cependant, il cré ...more
Stephen
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ah, God bless the French! (I wonder if it's the first time anyone has ever written that.)

I happen to love French writers and, thusly prejudiced, found this book by Andre Gide to be exceptional. A fascinating novel of interlocking characters and their crisscrossing story lines that is widely considered a precursor of the nouveau roman.

Relationships of every variety are explored: straight, homosexual, parent/child, bastardy, extra-martial, you name it; a counterfeit coin subplot symbolic of the re
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Dusty Myers
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in 1920's France (a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas just about ruled that town). Two rival writers, Edouard and Robert, fall for the same impressionable young boy, Olivier, who decides to run off with Robert, the more famous and less honorable of the two. Edouard, a kind of stand-in for Gide, is Olivier's "uncle" (through marriage), and in the loss of his beloved nephew opts instead of his schoolfriend ...more
Khadijah Qamar
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
Gide's novel has moments of keen psychological penetration and, for that reason alone, deserves veritable accolades. It's especially informative and interesting to be witness to the progress of the novel in the Appendix, which reads as Gide's diary throughout the writing of The Counterfeiters. Like other reviewers have noted, it breaks from the "traditional" novel mold since it is a novel about writing a novel. Gide also challenges novelistic norms at the time by changing perspectives, which he ...more
Tuck
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
where pomo got started? Gide weaves a typical tale of upright bourgeoisie actually being quite immoral scumbags, but oh they have the angle, being lawyers, judges, professors, preachers, so get to do the cover-up and all is well. nixon tried that too, it usually doesn't work. greed, lust, envy, bullying, perversions of all kinds tend to bite you in the ass eventually.
here is a quote, author is talking about book reviews (of his old book) and how he has SO moved on from that and hates his old boo
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Tô
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: french-books
Tôi thấy khó chịu với tác phẩm này quá. Diễn biến câu chuyện tạo ra ảo tưởng là cuốn này... khá ổn, hứa hẹn sẽ có nhiều biến cố nhưng thế quái nào đọc xong cuốn truyện rồi tôi lại thấy bị hẫng, có cảm giác cuốn sách hổng chỗ này chỗ kia như tổ ong ý. Nhân vật thì nhiều nhưng chắc do sách mỏng nên không được đầu tư nhiều ở khoản cá tính lẫn diễn biến nội tâm. Tôi những tưởng là do sự khác biệt về văn hóa & thời đại giữa tôi với cuốn sách nên tôi mới không thể nào "hiểu" được tâm sự của các nh ...more
Kobe Bryant
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
For young middle class French gay people they sure do lead boring lives
Helen Pavlopoulou
Εκπληκτικό βιβλίο. Ούτε μια λέξη περιττή. Εισχωρεί με την ακρίβεια χειρουργού στις συμπεριφορές των χαρακτήρων του, στο αίτιο και αιτιατό.
Chris Blocker
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-2013
Steinbeck made me do it.

Years ago, while working on my thesis for my master's degree, I learned everything there was to know about East of Eden. One bit of information I learned was the books that had influenced Steinbeck, particularly in his writing of EoE. There were titles I'd heard of: Moby-Dick and Don Quixote. And there was this: The Counterfeiters. Because I loved all things East of Eden, I made it a point to read these influential books.

Now that I've read The Counterfeiters, I see how it
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Nguyên Trang
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Một tác phẩm lớn về thủ pháp lẫn triết lý. Đúng không quá khi nói nó là bước ngoặt, đột phá trong nền văn chương thế giới. Hoành tráng quá chả sao review xiết ;))
Có cái ngoài rìa là Gide chơi bẩn quá. Mang người thật vào truyện bôi bác vãi =))
Tyler
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Literature
Shelves: gay-interest
Billed as a frank exploration of same-sex deviance and an exposition of the collapse of morals in 1920’s France, this book is not quite either. It’s a transitional work. Readers wanting a frank look at gay sex are referred to Death on the Installment Plan, where Celine’s two or three shocking vignettes on the subject have never been outdone. And since kids getting away with anything is the grist of modern media, the general state of morality doesn’t especially shock modern readers.

But the trans
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Panos
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«[...]δεν γνωρίζουμε τις ιδέες παρά μόνο μέσω των ανθρώπων, όπως ακριβώς αντιλαμβανόμαστε τον άνεμο απ’τις καλαμιές που λυγίζουν. Όμως, παρ’όλα αυτά, ο άνεμος παρουσιάζει μεγαλύτερο ενδιαφέρον απ’ ό,τι οι καλαμιές»
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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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“On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d'abord et longtemps, tout rivage.

(One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.)”
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