We explore him with the same curiosity that he explores himself. But it exists as a touchstone for shorter and less ambitious fiction. Is Michel one of those who, out of a fear of isolation, refuse to be themselves?
He long bemuses us with his circular diatribe against determinism, but this essay is really irrelevant. The two men are most strikingly alike in the way they externalize their inward conflicts.
The neurotic experience of a Michel can be more than neurotic experience; it can reflect a universal conflict. His "reverence" for his wife increases simultaneously with a now demonic urge to spend all his money; to move always farther to the south; to seek out and observe, in each Italian city, the "lowest dregs of humanity.
Always preoccupied with freedom, a champion of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit. Like Gide, he understood that his narrator was neurotic, yet he shared some of his feelings and attitudes: For a moment I was distraught, but then I forgot the past and went out looking at boys instead until she had got over it.
It was a loveless marriage. The last time we met was at my wedding. Gide argued in much the same terms during his communist period. It is the only honesty. The hidden victim of this hidden restraint reveals itself in a curious hostility toward the convention-bound and in an abnormal sympathy for the free.
The trip concludes after the couple travel through Italy. A large psychological situation is thus perfectly dramatized in the action or inaction of a moment; the "gratuitous act" of sympathetic identification is in no sense gratuitous. To keep my father happy on his deathbed.
Michel sees him take the scissors but says nothing. He related his peregrinations in a journal called Travels in the Congo French: Oh, what will you think of our friend?
Tell him what to do with his objectless freedom? After recovering from a life threatening illness that he discovers on his honeymoon, he becomes extra alert to the pleasures of his senses, and veers off onto a path of hedonism at the expense of his new wife.
She revives and assumes her role of caretaker for her husband. To please his father, Michel hastily married Marceline.Albert J. Guerard André Gide, pp.
But Gide's novel belongs with them. III, 7 (tr.
AJG); The Immoralist, translated by Dorothy Bussy. L'immoraliste (The Immoralist) "His first novel emerged from Gide's own journal, André Gide: A Life in the Present.
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