Immoralist

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Superb novel by modern French master deals with the consequences of amoral hedonism. It is the story of Michel, who tries to rise above good and evil and give free rein to his passions. In so doing, he neglects his wife, with tragic consequences. Introductory Note. Map. Footnotes.

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Overview

Superb novel by modern French master deals with the consequences of amoral hedonism. It is the story of Michel, who tries to rise above good and evil and give free rein to his passions. In so doing, he neglects his wife, with tragic consequences. Introductory Note. Map. Footnotes.

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780679741916
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: First Vintage International Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,368,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

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    The Immoralist by André Gide Translated to English by Richard Ho

    The Immoralist by André Gide Translated to English by Richard Howard

    This is the story of Michel, an French archaeologist and philologist who to satisfy his dying father's wishes marries Marceline, a peasant. Michel clearly does not love Marceline and has an repressed attraction to young boys. As they impart into their honeymoon to the Sahara, he gets sick with tuberculosis, forcing Marceline to nurse him to health. In his convalescence, he stops his inhibitions towards young boys.

    "This was more than a convalescence - this was an increase, a recrudescence of life, the afflux of a richer, hotter blood which would rough my thoughts one by one, penetrating, stirring, coloring the most remote, delicate and secret fibers of my being."

    Michel's brush with death awakens his passion for the sensual and forbidden. "I looked at myself a long time, without any more shame, with joy."

    Feeling guilty and ungrateful, Michel finally consummates his marriage. Marceline becomes pregnant so they return to Paris. Michel is bored with Parisian life, and after Marceline miscarriages, they embark on another trip to the Sahara. This time, it's Marceline who succumbs to tuberculosis and it's Michel's turn to take care of her. Unfortunately, Michel is too deep into his fascination of boys and Marceline dies.

    The book opens with a letter to a government official from his brother, one of Michel's friends. Apparently he's gone down somewhere in the Sahara (Sidi b. M.) to fetch him. As the letter finishes, we get the story told from Michel's first person point of view. Published in 1902 and it was scandalous. Gide in many instances hides the name of people, government officials and locales to avoid scandal. Funny how things have changed. Other than a three way between Michel, Moktir - an Arab boy, and his girlfriend, there is no same sex narrated in the book. If there is anything immoral about Michel it is his languorous, sometimes complacent style that has focused all of his energy of a man to be happy - no matter the consequences. I read all of its 171 pages in a few hours.

    A Classic!

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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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