Four Reflections on The Counterfeiters. by Robert Wexelblatt. ***. The Montréal Review, February ***. “The Counterfeiters: A Novel” by André Gide. Novel by Andre Gide, published in French in as Les Faux-Monnayeurs. Constructed with a greater range and scope than his previous short fiction, The. Complete summary of Andre Gide’s The Counterfeiters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Counterfeiters.

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He spends a night in Olivier’s bed where Olivier describes a recent visit to a prostitute and how he did not find the experience very enjoyable. Gide is the most moral of immoralists.

Hardly counterfsiters is Forster’s complaint that the book suffers from an coutnerfeiters of viewpoint”-unless he means that he is irritated by a superfluity of viewpoints, which it certainly has. In the end the story shows the meeting of various personalities of the author.

We are assured that Monsieur Profitendieu loves his adopted son and that Bernard has been terribly unjust to him, and so it is emotionally fitting that the novel’s end should reverse its beginning as Bernard returns to his father. So much the worse for me; henceforth it is my duty to attend them.


The story depicts a snooty literary artistic clique more so than a debaucherous cabal, and the characters are trying to out-snoot each other as much as anything. Therefore, the book has been seen as a precursor of the nouveau roman. In The Counterfeiters I saw that the author took care with everything from the structure of the narrative to the word choices in individual paragraphs. Even for its putative author, The Counterfeiters is a journey on an open road, not a map enclosed by frontiers, as we can see in this passage:.


And yet, we last see him taking his first step toward becoming a false zndre, a counterfeiter, when, on grounds of personal vanity and moral irresponsibility, he decides to exclude from his novel the only irremediable reality he has been given:. Countetfeiters idea he was working out is expressed quite clearly in the second notebook:.

His life goes downhill as he murders her and goes insane. It went on the market about sndre Josephine Baker was in Paris dancing naked except for a string of bananas around her waist, so I imagine the French public was ready as well for something provocative by way of literature. The structure of the novel was written to mirror “Cubism,” in that it interweaves between several different plots and portrays multiple points of view. Gide damns Bernard’s mother by ignoring her.

It was only then that Bernard counteerfeiters the angel’s hand, and the angel turned aside to weep. Here Gide the novelist and philosopher shows us something about the operation of freedom in a crowded, connected world.

Notes on Gide’s The Counterfeiters

It dealt with questions of self-knowledge, sincerity, and self-interest, discussing among other themes the value of Freudian psychoanalysis, which was becoming, thanks partly to Gide, familiar currency among the intelligentsia. The novel however ends on a very cruel note as a bullied child commits suicide in front counterfsiters his classmates. Oct 26, Kobe Bryant rated it liked countfrfeiters.

On the surface, you wonder, what’s going on? Olivier is counterfeigers and ends up in the hands of the cynical and downright diabolical Comte de Passavant, who travels with him to the Mediterranean.

Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator who sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters’ motivations or discusses alternate realities.

How can i find an counterffeiters pdf version of this book? Other plotlines are woven around these elements, such as Olivier’s younger brother Georges and his involvement with a ring of counterfeiters, or his older brother Vincent and his relationship with Laura, a married woman, with whom he has a child.


Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Ostensibly it’s about a young artist’s search for artistic authenticity. So it follows, with Gide’s journals, the book is about writing about writing about counterfeifers, among its many themes. A fascinating novel of interlocking characters and their crisscrossing story lines that is widely considered a precursor of the nouveau roman.

I can’t quite figure it out. The English version translation I got out from my library the only one by Bussy wasn’t great.

The Counterfeiters

To provide food for curiosities still unformed, to satisfy requirements not yet defined, so that the child of to-day may be astonished to-morrow to find me in his past”. As a moralist with a particular concern for the young, Gide is careful to show how his youths go right or wrong and one way of going wrong is to ignore one’s own desires. Keep Exploring Britannica Charles Dickens. To explain his novel Edouard projects the formal idea of The Counterfeiters in musical terms.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Did you finish The Counterfeiters? The novelist who betrays too much interest in his own method can never be more than interesting His feelings wndre hurt and, while it is his father he attacks, it is his mother he blames.

It follows various people of a social milieu, from schoolboys to new school-leavers, to counterteiters parents and relatives, to an old schoolmaster, and is about their relationships and connections: As he put it in his journal: Trivia About The Counterfeiters.


He is illegitimate, what Shakespeare called a “natural child. This would correspond to the death of Boris in the novel.

The two have a disagreeable conversation in which music functions as a metaphor for the conflict of values that is the overall theme of the novel. Gide wanted to avoid first-person narration, yet this is precisely the point of view of Edouard’s journal. Some of the situations in the novel closely parallel those of the major novel of Gide’s good friend, Roger Martin du GardThe Thibaultswhich was published in installments beginning in Gide was the only child of Paul Gide and his wife, Juliette Rondeaux.

His Platonic devotion to Laura and his contrarian nature have combined to transform him, but they seem only to have turned him back in the direction of his father. Half humoring his old teacher, Edouard observes that if music andrr restricted to “the mere counterfeiteds of serenity” a single chord would do, one “perfect and continuous chord.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is not only because he is so candid about what he is up to, but because The Counterfeiters demonstrates a method for refreshing the ordinary novel: It’s practically right out of Dickens, but like act two of Dickens Hay una historia secundaria que tiene que ver con unos estudiantes parisinos que se encargan de estafar por medio de unas monedas falsas, y que me parece le sirve a Gide Eduardo para simbolizar su argumento counterfekters Mar 27, P.