Strait Is the Gate

Strait Is the Gate[Read] ➯ Strait Is the Gate By André Gide – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A delicate boy growing up in Paris, Jerome Palissier spends many summers at his uncle s house in the Normandy countryside, where the whole world seems steeped in azure There he falls deeply in love wi A delicate boy growing up in Paris, Jerome Palissier spends many summers at his uncle s house in the Normandy countryside, where the whole world seems steeped in azure There he falls deeply in love with his cousin Alissa and she with him But gradually Alissa becomes convinced that Jerome s love for her is Strait Is MOBI :¼ endangering his soul In the interests of his salvation, she decides to suppress everything that is beautiful in herself in both mind and body. Gide said that he meant this book to be treated as one half of a pair, together with L Immoraliste I took him at his word and read them in rapid succession By the way, I should say this was atypical I m a when all else fails, read the instructions kind of person, but I found both books together at a second hand bookstore and it seemed silly not to do what he said.Looking at other reviews, I seem to have a fairly different take on the book, and perhaps my reading route has something to do w Gide said that he meant this book to be treated as one half of a pair, together with L Immoraliste I took him at his word and read them in rapid succession By the way, I should say this was atypical I m a when all else fails, read the instructions kind of person, but I found both books together at a second hand bookstore and it seemed silly not to do what he said.Looking at other reviews, I seem to have a fairly different take on the book, and perhaps my reading route has something to do with it So, here we have a guy who s in love with this charming girl, Alissa, and is hoping to marry her Alissa, however, takes it into her head that God doesn t wants her to marry her nice fianc , but rather to contract a form of anorexia, coupled with depression, which eventually kills her On the way, she also manipulates her unfortunate sister into marrying someone she doesn t much like, trapping her permanently in a loveless marriage Well, if Alissa was someone I knew personally, I wouldn t be rhapsodizing about her moving closeness with the Divine I d be trying to get her into therapy as quickly as possible, and meanwhile reading up the literature on religious mania When I did what Gide suggested, and compared her with the main character in L Immoraliste, I decided that his take on her wasn t very different from what mine would be in a real situation He thinks Alissa is falling into one of two possible errors with religion, allowing it to take such a large part in her life that it drives her mad, destroying her and also several people she supposedly cares about The hero of L Immoraliste falls into the opposite trap He rejects religion entirely, living an utterly selfish life which ends up killing his beautiful and loving wife in a particularly horrible way.So, to sum up both books, I d say Gide was telling people not to abandon religion but also not to overdo it, and not to forget to listen to their normal human feelings and their common sense Pretty balanced advice, in fact This book is been hailed as one of the most sensous and sublime love stories of the 19th century, as well as being one of Andre Gide s most vaunted publications Me I have no basis for comment or comparison at this time as this was my first tentative foray into the world of Andre Gide I don t think it will be my last but I don t think I will be charging out the door to clasp all of his other publications lovingly to my bosom It also seems a little ironic that a gay Frenchman produced one of t This book is been hailed as one of the most sensous and sublime love stories of the 19th century, as well as being one of Andre Gide s most vaunted publications Me I have no basis for comment or comparison at this time as this was my first tentative foray into the world of Andre Gide I don t think it will be my last but I don t think I will be charging out the door to clasp all of his other publications lovingly to my bosom It also seems a little ironic that a gay Frenchman produced one of the best received and highly praised but devoutly and notably chaste novels about the ritual trials and tribulations of heterosexual romance Gide was alive and kicking in Paris at a time when you could barely walk down the Avenue des Champs Elys es without rubbing shoulders with a literary giant, artist or poet The avant garde and the artistic were practicallly falling over each other and no doubt causing endless obstructions in the bars and backstreets of Paris as the sought out each other for drinking, philosophising, trysting, quaffing absinthe and howling at the moon beneath La Tour Eiffel Ok, I m not sure how much of that is true but it is infinitelyinteresting to imagine it that way, non Ultimately I failed to see the great romance of this book and wasgenerally struck by how it portrays the unchecked spiral of a young girl who quite clearly has some fairly severe mental health problems These may or may not have been brought on by all the general ardent ness and love struck mooning which took place around her Yes, yes young Jerome is an admirable chap who really does love Alissa in his own naieve and youthfully love struck way, but with all the too ing and fro ing and self sacrifice going on, no one actually turns around for long enough to spot the onset of severe depression with religiously zealous overtones which is clearly manifesting itself in Alissa That, and I found it a little dull at times.Nil point for joie de vivre A haunting tale of doomed love.Sad, powerful and deeply moving.Stimulates the emotions with beautiful prose.Such a sad ending The worst kind of person is one who uses the love of another to hurt herself, someone Alissa who willfully provokes feelings in another Jerome then uses them in cheap furtherance of a self glorifying martyrdom Make no mistake the about face from self indulgence to self denial is itself an indulgence and especially despicable when it makes casualties Jerome, Juliette of others Morality is not algebraic cessation doesn t undo and neither human frailty nor youth nor the absence of ill i The worst kind of person is one who uses the love of another to hurt herself, someone Alissa who willfully provokes feelings in another Jerome then uses them in cheap furtherance of a self glorifying martyrdom Make no mistake the about face from self indulgence to self denial is itself an indulgence and especially despicable when it makes casualties Jerome, Juliette of others Morality is not algebraic cessation doesn t undo and neither human frailty nor youth nor the absence of ill intentions excuse There are consequences for action and inaction The narrow way and the strait gate are not attained by such monstrous irresponsibility and thoughtless sacrifice of others Pretty writing but enraging subject matter Some have convincingly argued that there s a larger message to this novella namely the ill effects of taking religious notions too far but I don t see any awareness of that in the narrative itself I guess I have little patience for cautionary tales Forgive my righteous rant, but I feel as though my emotions have been preyed upon for no good reason, and I ve wasted my sick day reading this, and that makes me gra ha um py As with most all of Gide s best novels, this one concerns the anxiety and yearning at the heart of human experience A very young Jerome Palissier regularly spends holidays at the house of his aunt and uncle s estate in Fongueusemare in rural Normandy One day, he happens upon his cousin Alissa, who is distraught at her aloof, hypochondriacal mother Both desperate to rescue her and drawn by a genuine affection, Jerome takes it upon himself to sweep in and rescue her like a good, Christian knigh As with most all of Gide s best novels, this one concerns the anxiety and yearning at the heart of human experience A very young Jerome Palissier regularly spends holidays at the house of his aunt and uncle s estate in Fongueusemare in rural Normandy One day, he happens upon his cousin Alissa, who is distraught at her aloof, hypochondriacal mother Both desperate to rescue her and drawn by a genuine affection, Jerome takes it upon himself to sweep in and rescue her like a good, Christian knight errant The subtle imagery of Jerome as a kind of salvific hero is only a foreshadowing of the religious unease that drives this novel forward toward its foreordained conclusion As Jerome portentously declares, quoting Baudelaire, Bientot nous plongerons dons les froides tenebres Jerome and Alissa spend irenic summers together reciting poetry, reading from books to one another in their splendid garden, and enjoying music The appropriateness of Jerome s name jumps out at you when he mentions another of their mutual literary interests We had procured the Gospels in the Vulgate and knew long passages of them by heart It was Saint Jerome who made the first Latin translation of the Bible Jerome wishes to become engaged before moving off to the Ecole Normale, but Alissa refuses He is understandably upset by her rejection, but is onlyspurred on by his ecstatic vision again, that religious imagery of eventually marrying her Eventually, we learn that Alissa has sacrificed Jerome so that her sister, Juliette, will be able to get married first, yet even after Juliette gets married to a boorish, business minded vintner Alissa continues to push him away.He visits her at Fongueusemare while finishing both his schooling and a military stint, but every time he mentions wanting to marry her, she rejects him and requests that he leave soon, that she cannot bear his presence Eventually, she tells him that her love of God surpasses her love for him, even though she has always passionately loved Jerome During their last meeting together, Alissa has grown thin and pale, presumably because of her anchorite like existence she has also removed the books of poetry and novels she and Jerome used to read together, and replaced them with works of cheap, vulgar piety Even while there is room here to doubt Alissa s love for Jerome, a chapter that includes her personal journals makes it perfectly clear that she loved Jerome just as much as he loved her, if notso Jerome has a final meeting with Juliette while she is enceinte with her fifth child by the vintner Seeing him calls to mind both her sister s Christ like sacrifice and makes her reflect on her own uneventful, bourgeois life As Flaubert said Madame Bovary, c est moi For maximum effect, as noted above, read this right next to Gide s The Immoralist for a most effective couple of case studies Considering the year of publication 1909 and the ideas considered repression, sexuality, sublimation it should be noted that Gide almost certainly had Freud in mind when he was writing this, though it yields wonderful insights into human psychology even without a Freudian reading.When reading a novel, sometimes the most difficult obstacle to being able to truly and fully appreciate it is the historical change that has taken place between the time in which it was written and when you read it Judging from some of the reviews I have seen, that seems to be the case with this novel, too In both this and The Immoralist, Gide looks at the tension, confusion, and repression that can often come about when romantic love is pitted against, and forced to compete with, love for the divine Since this novel was published, this antagonism has almost completely died, which may lead some readers to accuse Alissa of being frigid Once we are able to bridge that historical gap, however, and realize that Alissa did not see her torment as self imposed but rather something that was required of her, this novel proves itself to be a superior meditation on both romantic passion and, what was once thought to be its opposite, sacrifice Is Andre Gide always pointing in the wrong direction And does he ever have any fun Can someone please tell him that the First World War s coming and that very soon we re all going to be living in a world of if it s a bit warm, take off your jacket You don t have to move your entire household 200 miles to the north I think I d probably have been kinder if the secret diary had beenfun A book with a boring secret diary That s just rubbish, isn t it Strait is the Gate is, for some reason, the first of Andre Gide s books which I have read, despite his having been on my radar for years I had written his name upon the list of authors whom I hoped to get to during 2017, and also thought that he would be a great inclusion upon my Reading the World list First published in France in 1909, and in Dorothy Bussy s 1924 translation, I could not pass up the chance of adding yet another marvellous classic of French literature to my list Strait is the Strait is the Gate is, for some reason, the first of Andre Gide s books which I have read, despite his having been on my radar for years I had written his name upon the list of authors whom I hoped to get to during 2017, and also thought that he would be a great inclusion upon my Reading the World list First published in France in 1909, and in Dorothy Bussy s 1924 translation, I could not pass up the chance of adding yet another marvellous classic of French literature to my list Strait is the Gate also seemed a wonderful place to start, being, as it is, the first novel by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner of 1947, and one of his best works in English indeed, its blurb states that is is regarded by many as the most perfect piece of writing which Gide ever achieved In its simplicity, its craftsmanship, its limpidity of style, and its power to stimulate the mind and the emotions at one and the same time, it set a standard for the short novel which has not yet been excelled Strait is the Gate is a story of young love blighted and turned to tragedy by the sense of religious dedication in the beloved The novella s opening paragraph is relayed in one of my favourite styles Some people might have made a book out of it but the story I am going to tell is one which took all my strength to live and over which I spent all my virtue So I shall set down my recollections quite simply, and if in places they are ragged I shall have recourse to no invention, and neither patch nor connect them any effort I might make to dress them up would take away the last pleasure I hope to gt in telling them All of Gide s writing holds this strength, and his descriptions in particular are absolutely beautiful, and often quite startling Of the house of an uncle, our narrator, Jerome, says thus Certain others windows have flaws in the glass which our parents used to call bubbles a tree seen through them becomes distorted when the postman passes he suddenly develops a hump He describes his aunt, Lucile, whilst she is playing the piano sometimes she would break off in the middle of a bar and pause, suspended motionless on a chord.After the death of both of his parents, young Jerome becomes infatuated with his cousin, Alissa, with whom he spends every summer at her family s secluded house in Le Havre No doubt, he says, like all boys of fourteen, I was still unformed and pliable, but my love for Alissa soon urged me further anddeliberately along the road on which I had started Alissa s younger sister, Juliette, fast becomes a go between for the pair She was the messenger I talked to her interminably of our love, and she never seemed tired of listening I told her what I dared not tell Alissa, with whom excess of love made me constrained and shy Alissa seemed to lend herself to this child s play and to be delighted that I should talk so happily to her sister, ignoring or feigning to ignore that in reality we talked only of her.Religion was not so much of an aspect here as the blurb makes out rather, it isof a familial novel, and a wonderfully wrought one at that Interesting family politics are at play throughout Letters which Gide writes from the perspective of others in Jerome s family feel entirely authentic he has captured such nuanced elements of voice, and renders each distinctive His prose is packed with emotion, which grows as the work progresses.Bussy s translation is seamless there is such a marvellous elasticity to the writing, and the whole has been rendered beautifully Strait is the Gate is a truly beautiful work, and a novella which I was immediately immersed within Whilst it is my first taste of Gide s work, it certainly will not be my last I can fast see him becoming one of my favourite authors, in fact Much about this novel could lead some current readers to brush it aside, maybe even with a sneer overheated teenage romanticism, a struggle with a literalistic but now somewhat passee notion of what Protestant devotion should be, frequent Biblical references and quotations, a somewhat old fashioned use of letters and diary entries to present several points of view, etc But I confess this novel enthralled me precisely because I have seen in my own religious tradition so many of the same tende Much about this novel could lead some current readers to brush it aside, maybe even with a sneer overheated teenage romanticism, a struggle with a literalistic but now somewhat passee notion of what Protestant devotion should be, frequent Biblical references and quotations, a somewhat old fashioned use of letters and diary entries to present several points of view, etc But I confess this novel enthralled me precisely because I have seen in my own religious tradition so many of the same tendencies portrayed here, particularly the tendency to construct a relationship in such a religious romantic way that only disappointment and frustration can follow The narrator is a young man, Jerome who spends much of his youth with his female cousin, Alissa, reading poetry side by side in a lovely family garden i.e., Eden these are children of a hyper educated, Protestant bourgeoisie Alissa, for Jerome is obsessively enticing and entiringly maddening the latter for me as well She is determined not to fall into the sensuality of her creole mother, which so pained her father, and also to sacrifice her own life, in some Christ like way, for the happiness of her rather mediocre sister But let me say, without raising the necessity of a spoiler alert, that one must withhold judging her too harshly, as I had done, before reading the final bundle of diary entries, which conclude the novel These add a layer of depth or at maybe confusion to Alissa s fascinating personality This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This novel, sometimes translated into English as Strait is the Gate after a passage from the Gospel of St Luke, was published in 1909 It is at once searing and haunting, often misunderstood and misinterpreted, and remains forever enigmatic The young and earnest man Jerome falls in love with his cousin Alissa She in turn has suffered the awareness of her mother s infidelity and eventual abandonment of the family by running off with her current lover Aware of Alissa s despair, Jerome determin This novel, sometimes translated into English as Strait is the Gate after a passage from the Gospel of St Luke, was published in 1909 It is at once searing and haunting, often misunderstood and misinterpreted, and remains forever enigmatic The young and earnest man Jerome falls in love with his cousin Alissa She in turn has suffered the awareness of her mother s infidelity and eventual abandonment of the family by running off with her current lover Aware of Alissa s despair, Jerome determines to dedicate his life to her happiness Alissa refuses his proposal of marriage, first trying to arrange his marriage with her younger sister Juliette who desperately loves Jerome until Juliette, sensing that Jerome will never love her, turns elsewhere and makes an unsatisfactory marriage with a merchant Alissa then spends decades alternating between sending Jerome passionate love letters that keep him on tenterhooks and in perpetual hope, and refusals to see or accept him when he repeatedly comes to be with her usually at her invitation Alissa s progressively intense religious involvement, which can only be described as a mania, becomesandconvoluted and obsessive, and she claims to be trying to save not only her own soul but that of Jerome Years pass, and ultimately Alissa essentially starves herself to death, not before realizing that she has saved neither herself nor Jerome, never having raised her love of God above her love for Jerome and perhaps most of all her love for herself.The work has often been misinterpreted first as a lovely praise of religious devotion or a rather charming account of thwarted young love, but that is to distort the novel entirely It has also,frequently, been understood as a condemnation of religious extremism, of the dangers of carrying religious dedication beyond reason There may be an element of truth to this interpretation, but that begs the question as to why Alissa has chosen such a path Perhaps her horror at her mother s sexual libertinism has so traumatized her that she cannot ultimately give herself to Jerome physically, subconsciously instead choosing a life of sexual and ultimately physical in all senses renunciation, her most available alternative being religious monomania Why Jerome chooses to tolerate and perhaps even collude with this is unclear, his own alternative being to leave her and seek his own fulfillment elsewhere, an alternative he seems never to consider, even decades after her death refusing to establish any other romantic relationship.The novel is beautifully written I read it in French even as it is claustrophobic and anguishing This is my first experience of Gide s writing I certainly shall read Le Havre, France view spoilerStrait is the Gateis a story of love between a man and a woman But it is a love beyond the love of a man and a woman They sought mental love, which is akin to divine union the love through union with God, the fellowship of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit They sought a love without happiness, a love too elusive between two mortals, a love at once holy, pure and sublime, which our mortal passions would likely taint In the end they must give up Le Havre, France view spoilerStrait is the Gateis a story of love between a man and a woman But it is a love beyond the love of a man and a woman They sought mental love, which is akin to divine union the love through union with God, the fellowship of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit They sought a love without happiness, a love too elusive between two mortals, a love at once holy, pure and sublime, which our mortal passions would likely taint In the end they must give up the love between a man and a woman, to reach for that holy and pure love without joy and passion Andre Gide, through his personal struggle between puritanical virtues and personal happiness, created a thought provoking story about love, which challenges the reader to assess the variations of love hide spoiler Andre Gide

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