The Immoralist

The Immoralist

Book - 1983
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Baker & Taylor
Michel, a young Frenchman living in an Algerian village nearly succumbs to a fatal illness and, after recovering, rebels against his former standards of morality

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1983
Edition: First Modern Library edition
Copyright Date: ©1970
ISBN: 9780394605005
0394605004
Branch Call Number: FICTION GIDE
Characteristics: xiv, 171 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Howard, Richard 1929-
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1970
Translation of: Immoraliste

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Sep 19, 2011

Michael, a scholar interested in ancient ruins, marries a woman chosen by his dying father. After his death, the couple go to Tunis. Here, Michael, also the narrator, becomes deathly ill, though recovers. The marriage itself is without passion, as Michael's carnal desire is focused outside the marriage. Despite Michaels' 'sexual deviance' the couple remain together, and nourish each other in a practical, but cautious, and cold manner. Not for all tastes.

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