The Immoralist

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In The Immoralist, Andre Gide presents the confessional account of a man seeking the truth of his own nature. The story's protagonist, Michel, knows nothing about love when he marries the gentle Marceline out of duty to his father. On the couple's honeymoon to Tunisia, Michel becomes very ill, and during his recovery he meets a young Arab boy whose radiant health and beauty captivate him. An awakening for him both sexually and morally, Michel discovers a new freedom in seeking to live according to his own ...
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Overview

In The Immoralist, Andre Gide presents the confessional account of a man seeking the truth of his own nature. The story's protagonist, Michel, knows nothing about love when he marries the gentle Marceline out of duty to his father. On the couple's honeymoon to Tunisia, Michel becomes very ill, and during his recovery he meets a young Arab boy whose radiant health and beauty captivate him. An awakening for him both sexually and morally, Michel discovers a new freedom in seeking to live according to his own desires. But, as he also comes to find, freedom can be a burden. 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.

The famous novella of a man who pursues every impulse regardless of moral consequence; his immorality resides in his languid duty to be happy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142180020
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 519,423
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Gnoce impsum

    This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Gide does an amazing job revealing his own inner struggles through his character development of Michael. I wanted to be appalled by his behavior, but rather than distain, I found myself relating to his actions and thoughts...a testimate to Gide's ability as a story-teller. This book is short, easy to read, and well worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    intriguing

    Just picture a young James Dean playing the role of the Arab boy Bachir and it will give this book a new, wonderful touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2000

    A MUST READ

    Gide's protagonist will explore the nature of morality. You'll question him at first ... you'll end up questioning your own conventions. Not for the timid!

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