THE IMMORALIST by Andre Gide

THE IMMORALIST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The renascence of interest in Gide, with the publication of the Journals, justifies the re-publication of this, one of his earlier novels, which appeared originally in 1902- and in translation here in 1930. The Immoralist, which is a study of a man's break with conventional morality in his search for self-fulfillment, carries no indictment, no apology, follows the story of Michel with a sensitivity bordering on exaltation. Unworldly, scholarly, Michel marries Marceline out of deference to his father, experiences toward her only tenderness, a certain reverence. With his near death in a tubercular collapse, and his recovery, Michel acquires a sensual awareness he had never had, is discontented by his old life, his old friends, is attracted by a young man in Normandy, a cynic in Paris, but with Marceline's death is only freed for his latent fascination for the perverse...For his audience, limited largely to the aesthete, the intellectual.

ISBN: 0142180025
Publisher: Knopf