I read a few reviews of this book before buying it, and it appeared to be about a man of shockingly poor morals and his homosexual awakening. But to me the central theme was rather an awakening to the self as it really is, with sexuality as something of a side-note or just one contributory factor.
What made this book great for me was its simplicity. Through an easy to understand narrative and storyline told in just 124 pages, Gide makes the existentialist ideas of Nietzsche plain and accessible.
Without a god to believe in, with only the meaning that we create for ourselves as individuals, what is the place of widely accepted morals of society? Continue reading “The Immoralist – Andre Gide”