In language and tone, I find Andre Gide’s The Immoralist reminding me much of the work of J.M. Coetzee, specifically Disgrace. Both authors use a very pared. There is an oft-cited sentence in André Gide’s journal entry for March 28, , in which Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I. Gide, Andre: The Immoralist (new tr by Richard Howard).
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What kind of thing had illness made me that I should have felt inclined to cry at seeing her return without Bachir? After all, what had life to offer? The story’s protagonist, Michel, knows nothing about love when he marries the gentle Marceline out of duty to his father.
Yet when he began to understand himself his desires better, he grew stronger and healthier. I expected it eventually to give birth to actions that would astonish me — but later — later, I said to myself, when it is more fully formed.
I managed, however, to open the door and call. Skip to secondary content. Her gladness made me realize she had been unhappy before. She took as much delight, it seemed, in feeling me live as in living herself.
I was horribly upset. In what way can Michel serve society? Bocage did not conceal from me that the running of the two farms would be a matter of no small aandre but he had in view, so immoralistt said, two highly trustworthy peasants whom he intended to employ ; they would be partly farmers, partly ten- THE 1MMORALIST ants, partly laborers; the thing was too unusual in these parts for him to hope much good would come of it; but, he said, it was my own wish.
There were homosexual undertones and hints of possible pedophilia, or was the antagonist simply admiring the health of children after having recovered from a serious illness? The laws of mimicry—I call them the laws of fear. It was not in vain that I had adorned Marceline with so many virtues; they could not immoarlist Michel for not preferring her to himself.
Reading group: A slap in the face from André Gide’s The Immoralist
Again there are hints of homosexuality:. The im- portance of this thought woke me up several times during the night; several times I sat up in my berth in order to look at Marceline, my wife, asleep in the berth below. It struck an instant chill through me and I jumped out again quickly and flung myself down on the grass in the sun. I believe there are many such.
Much more interestingly, his battle with tuberculosis forces his mind to reconcile with imoralist body it inhabits, and through the disease Michel becomes sensitive to bodily sensations and, perhaps, stops seeing the mind and body as separate things.
Had I ever enjoyed before such rest, such happiness? A frank defense of homosexuality and a challenge to prevailing ethical concepts, The Immoralist is a literary landmark, marked by Gide’s masterful, pure, simple style.
That would have been about two years after it was published and about two years before Picasso started distorting eyes andrf mouths and jaws and limbs in his painted prostitutes. This slow, understated cognisance is so delicate and protracted that its hard to pinpoint the exact moment when casual inflection rearranges into a purposefully orchestrated pattern of involuntary but prescient mis en scenes of allusion.
Go if you like! What a brute the. It was not in her power, alas! Should I ever enjoy them again? Although I’m not sure how much I liked it And suddenly I was seized immoraist a desire, a craving, something more furious and more imperious than I had ever felt before — to live! One of those friends solicits job search assistance for Michel by including in a letter to Monsieur D.
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.
The Immoralist by André Gide
Howard compares it to Freud and Nietzsche, both of whom certainly have worn with time. The Arab dogs, which yelp all night like jackals, could only just be heard in the distance. The recol- lection of those long-ago lessons stood me in good stead. He slowly recovers and the couple leave North Africa through Tunis.
I saw her fasten up several let- ters. Figure 3 Paul Bourget. You know what ties of friendship bound Michel, Denis, Daniel, and myself together — a friendship which was strong even in our school days, but which every year grew stronger.
Our determination to leave was taken suddenly. They on the other hand, equally strong in the conviction that tenants are hard to replace, began by asking for their rents to be lowered.
I think they all know me now.
Rather, Michel perfects his taste for the immoral while interacting with the uncouth French peasants that manage his estates. It was for the first time too that I had consented to forgo my work for any length of time.
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Retrieved from ” https: Gide did not give any qualms in tackling the subject that could be a taboo during that time when the world was not as open-minded as it is now. Cover of the Penguin Classics edition.
The air was almost sharp, but the sun was burning. All they can offer to your thirst is a still more cruel fierceness — yet lying on the golden sand they are not without a beauty of their own. Never before had my will been so tensely strung as in striving after this gids and vaguely imagined perfection.
Michel says the weather has been of crystalline clearness for the last two months.