The Immoralist is the third book I have read by Nobel Prize winner Andre Gide, and I think I got to know the author most with this book. I will remember it with this book from now on. It is an exciting book that grabs you from the first pages, and you won’t want it to end.
The Immoralist tells the story of Michel, a man trying to get to know his true nature. Michel marries Marceline, quite loving and fragile, with no idea about love. On their honeymoon, they go to Tunisia, where Michel falls ill. When he was sick, Michel changes; we see a different man in his body. This person is affected by the health and beauty of young boys as well as women. There is an awakening, both morally and sexually, in Michel, and after his illness, he will be a man who tries to live according to his own desires. But soon his wife falls ill, and the freedom that Michel has achieved is actually not as fun as he expected. An excellent book. Enjoy!
In The Immoralist, André 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 discovers, freedom can be a burden. A frank defence of homosexuality and a challenge to prevailing ethical concepts, The Immoralist is a literary landmark, marked by Gide’s masterful, pure, simple style.
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André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gide’s career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.
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