Title: André Gide: The Immoralist
created on 19 Aug 20

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1. chelydra wrote:
 This Vintage paperback (circa 1958?) was one of four or five books my big brother insisted I should read. I looked over the covers, studied the blurbs, and said no thanks.
2. chelydra wrote:
 This brought out the bigness in his brotherhood, and he said you can't judge a book by its cover (which I never heard before and assumed was original) and he shamed me into reading them all. I was 11 or 12 in 1960.
3. KliaMia wrote:
 So were you glad that you read the book afterwards? Your depiction of it is really good!
4. chelydra wrote:
 There was a sex scene in it I sort of liked, because at 11/12 I automatically liked...
5. chelydra wrote:
 any semblance of a sex scene—but since it was the rape of a servant girl by a bunch of arrogant young guys...
6. chelydra wrote:
 ...and when it was over their victim decided that was fun, and became a whore to get more — and since the author, Gide, was, as I learned much later, a homosexual (not closeted but not at all proud of it)...
7. chelydra wrote:
 ... I can see, in retrospect, why this was by far the least titillating of all the sex scenes of all the books I read that year...
8. chelydra wrote:
 ...but since it was the only part of the book where I paid close attention, it's now the only part I remember at all.
9. chelydra wrote:
 Am I glad I read it? Well, when I drew Gide for a book project a few years ago, I had a sense that I'd once known him slightly, which is always a good thing for a portrait.
10. chelydra wrote:
 And I always found the cover art impressive; it probably influenced the semi-abstract paintings I was doing around that time, 1960-63...
11. chelydra wrote:
 So I guess so. The other books I read around that time made a much deeper impression, but their covers weren't good for thinkdraw purposes.
12. KliaMia wrote:
 I always find it interesting to learn about the things/people that influence individuals in their lives. Cheers to Gide for the influences he had on you!!

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