The Immoralist

The Immoralist

Book - 2001
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"The humanist has four leading characteristics--curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and a belief in the human race--and all four are present in Gide. . . . The humanist of our age." --E. M. Forster

A Penguin Classic

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 defense of homosexuality and a challenge to prevailing ethical concepts, The Immoralist is a literary landmark, marked by Gide's masterful, pure, simple style.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780142180020
Characteristics: xiii, 123 pages ; 20 cm.


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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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