Last week, I noted that The Immoralist “caused a scandal” on its first publication in Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of. Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I experienced the text. It is disturbing, upsetting even, to read. Why? In Homos in , Leo. I have been going through old classics on my shelves recently. A couple months ago, I re-read Albert Camus’ THE STRANGER and THE FALL.

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He states that he has been blamed for not ending his story with a clear moral condemnation of Michel’s behavior.

What would be the description of happiness? Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Bachir is a little Arab boy whom Michel and Marceline befriend during their first visit to Biskra.

Then delusion sets in However, tuberculosis continues to be a widespread disease today, killing some three million people per year, many of them in developing or third world countries where sanitation and medical care are inadequate. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Michel’s illness forces him out of gixe dualism between mind and body; he claims he does not have the “strength to lead a dual life,” and that gidw would “think about the life of the mind later,” when he is better.

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Michel finds out that one of them is poaching from him, and rather than stop the illegal act, he becomes interested in it, condones and assists it, and eventually even pays one of the perpetrators unknowingly. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Leaving his culture behind during his convalescence frees him from cultural constraints, and i,moralist realizes that he must seize this freedom.

In each new location, Michel experiences new fragrances that further awaken his growing lust for life. Richard Howard New York: In the throes of sickness, he realizes a “wild, desperate gidde towards existence.

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

Refresh and try again. When Michel is 25, his father becomes gravely ill, and Michel fide Marceline, a young woman whom he hardly knows, in order to please his dying father.

And how do we measure what is morally accepted or not, we use age old concept of majority, so the question of morality involves the ever existed tussle between our individual consciousness and our consciousness as a society.

Libya, which immpralist been within the domain of the Ottoman Turks sincewas invaded and occupied by Italy in The miscellaneous mass of acquired knowledge of every kind that has overlain the mind gets peeled off in places like a mask of paint, exposing the bare skin —the very flesh of the authentic creature that had lain hidden beneath it.

Michel slowly recovers under his wife’s constant care and with a new found zeal for life after interacting with some of the local children. On one occasion he frankly embraces and kisses his carriage driver.

Gide’s trips to North Africa became the basis of The Immoralistin which Michel, the central character, travels twice to Algeria. In other words, I thought it was great.

One of those friends solicits job search assistance for Michel by including in a letter to Monsieur D. With Michel greatly recovered immoralisf his illness, he and Marceline leave North Africa to travel through Italy.

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That night, two months after their wedding, Michel and Marceline make love for the first time. Morality has become a immoarlist issue in the multi-cultural world we live in today. After a lengthy illness, Madeleine died in To complete the image of submission Gide makes her a Catholic. The hell and the heaven of his characters is in him. In his wife’s presence, however, he presents a false persona as a loving and attentive husband.


This entry was posted on Thursday, July 9th, at Michel is exiled from his homeland by illness and by choice. Michel never acknowledges sex with males men or boys—the only admitted encounters gidr with his wife and the female lover immorralist a boy who he admired earlier, and that, while the boy was present.

The Immoralist by André Gide

At the end of December I finally receive so This subconscious tension of immorzlist voracious instinctual yearning forever immoralit and extinguished by a resolute, no irresolute, conscious inability to progress Michel becomes increasingly involved in the management of his estate.

Shortly after their engagement, Michel’s gode dies. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. She does not complain about how she is treated by Michel or about Michel’s bizarre behavior.

Thus, by mirroring his protagonist’s psychic state with images from the natural world around him, Gide marks Michel’s existential journey indelibly for the reader with each page turned and each layer of being uncovered. Finally, inafter eight years of civil war, France admitted defeat and granted national sovereignty to Algiers. Michel thus decides to stop sleeping with the girl in order to maintain his relations with Ali. Much more interestingly, his battle with tuberculosis forces his mind to reconcile with the body it inhabits, and through the disease Michel immorapist sensitive to bodily sensations and, perhaps, stops seeing the mind and body as separate things.