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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I had only just been born and could not as yet know what I had been born.

Reading group: A slap in the face from André Gide’s The Immoralist

Charles, who up till then had been standing beside his father on the bank, could restrain himself no longer; he took off his shoes and socks in a moment, flung aside his coat and waistcoat, then, tucking up his trousers and shirtsleeves as high as they would go, stepped reso- lutely into the mud. Let me speak of myself; I am going to tell you my life simply, without modesty and without pride, more simply than if I were talking to myself.

The health of that little body was a beautiful thing. I see the sun; I see the shadow; I see the line of shadow moving; I have so little to think of that I watch it. The essay was published under his father’s name and gained praise. Of note here is how Michel comes to his amoral or immoral final state. Wikiquote has quotations related to: A man may, I think, without much conceit, take the risk of not arousing immediate interest in interesting things — he may even prefer this to exciting a mo- mentary delight in a public greedy only for sweets and trifles.

There were homosexual My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it. View all 4 comments. After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is xndre and she loses much of her mental vigor.

It was that night that I first possessed Marceline. When Michel suffers from tuberculosis, Marceline is very attentive and caring towards him. I reached a point of enjoying in others only the wildest behavior, deploring whatever constraint inhibited any excess.


I came close to regarding honesty itself as no more than restriction, convention, timidity. Return to Book Page. I could not see a Greek theatre or temple without im- mediately reconstructing it in my mind. For all the ethics and moral codes defining the very basis of societal structure, morality still remains a vague ideal.

At the moment I felt I could have given aandre life for her. Some kind of inexplicable curiosity made me watch his movements. Personally, it felt like a slap in the face: Articles needing imkoralist references from September All articles needing additional references Use dmy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers. He passed me so quickly that I only just had time to get out of the way and zndre shouts failed to make him stop.

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Marceline in the meantime had recovered her- self and settled down at my bedside, where I lay shivering with fever. He’s a big lad now; he’ll know more than his dad soon. That kind of austerity for which a taste had been left in me by my mother’s way of bringing me up, I now applied wholly to my studies. It’s that Michel is trying to seduce and convince us, just as he is trying to justify himself to the friends who hear his strange story.

Proponents of Africanism and Orientalism view the peoples and the cultures of Africa and Asia respectively through a Eurocentric lens. If we are to frame our main character in Freudian sexual scale, he is pretty latent homosexual. Perhaps the trouble that The Immoralist engendered came from its implicit sense that the world for which it was written was unstable and would soon disappear. Morality speaks of a system of behavior in regards to standards of right or wrong behavior.

Is the text asking that the code of implicitness regarding male same-sex sexuality in certain cultural spheres be revised?

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In the first gidde, 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. That morning Marceline went to Mass. After the irritating criticisms and the inept compliments, his few words about my lecture were a relief. She took as much delight, it seemed, in feeling me live as in living herself. It was a dismal day, I tell you. An old Negro used to bring us our food, which was tolerable, from a neighboring hotel.


One morning I had a curious revelation as to my own character; Moktir, the only one of my wife’s proteges who did not irritate me because of his good looks perhapswas alone immorailst me in my room; up till then, I had not cared much about him, but there was something strange, I thought, in the brilliant and sombre expression of his eyes.


I andrw picked up in one way or another a few ideas on women’s silliness. People dare not—they dare not turn the page. I did not think I was tuberculous. I was so careless about such matters that even after my father’s death, though I was his sole heir, I failed to realize the ex- tent of my fortune; I did so only when our marriage settlements were being drawn up, and at the same time I learned that Marceline brought me next to nothing.

I was breathing more easily too, mimoralist so I walked more lightly; and yet at the first bench I sat immlralist, but it was because I was excited — dazzled — rather than tired. The text cannot, of course, answer these questions on its own, because it is, from one point of view, only the unstable precipitate of an array of different interactive cultural processes that could only be discernible after further archival inquiry into the many contexts in which it participated and continues to participate.