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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In a technical sense, though, the opposite of a single continuous harmony isn’t dissonance but polyphony.

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Gide’s send-up of Oscar Molinier through his own words would warm any feminist’s heart, and yet Pauline’s superiority to this worthless husband is expressed in her forgiving him, just as Rachel willingly slaves for her feckless parents, and Laura goes back to a spouse whose mediocrity will undoubtedly lead him to think that he is being noble andrf accepting her.

In addition, there is the appeal of Gide’s characteristically unmoralistic moralism. The structure of the novel was written to mirror “Cubism,” in that it interweaves between several different plots and portrays multiple points of view.

It’s probably better to pick up the one with Gide’s own journals, and coutnerfeiters the appendix. As well the discussion on homosexuality was new to me.

For young middle class French gay people they sure do lead boring lives. Contact our editors with your feedback. It does not seem, however, that what is being disputed is the role of the trombone section in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony but dissonance in general-the dissonance of modern art and of the modern world.

Perhaps Gide’s trying to resurrect an approach to the novel the decadents tried to do away with. I would say not really.

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There’s something subliminal about the Counterfeiters that is beyond my intelligence to figure out. To lift up a marble slab off the top of a table and to see a drawer underneath is really not the same thing as picking a lock He also becomes ever more conservative after running away from home; that is, after a bout of adolescent anarchism.

She implies to Bernard that her only alternative is to return to her husband and that she will be doing so “worsted. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Olivier is now made Edouard’s secretary, and after an eventful evening on which he embarrasses himself grossly, Olivier ends up in bed together with Edouard, finally fulfilling the attraction they have felt for each other all along but were unable andge express. One problem, of course, is the break in tone from the rest of the book.

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Supposedly he let the story flow naturally and yet I have a gidde time imagining that he could have done so because there are so many little things that needed to happen to get to the end result. In fact, he is virtually as ignorant as the reader conterfeiters what is going to happen in Part Three.

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. With the women in the novel, then, freedom and disappointment are not alternatives but concomitants.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was not I who sought them out; while following Bernard and Olivier I found them in my path. Another subplot of the novel is homosexuality.

I gave up trying to follow it. Technically, though, Gide was less radical than he appears. Keep Exploring Britannica Charles Dickens. Listening to the lesson of the past, I looked only to yesterday for my so-be-it, my prompting.

Edouard, a kind of stand-in for Gide, is Olivier’s “uncle” through marriageand in the loss of his beloved nephew opts instead of his schoolfriend A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in ‘s France a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B.

While the novel bites off quite a lot, it is the reader who gets to do the chewing. The once-rebellious Bernard quite astonishes Olivier with his nationalism when they meet in September. On page one Bernard is detached from the determination of both home and genetics, fulfilling those twin fantasies of the restless bourgeois child: His obvious departures from realism are not many, and some were cut as he revised, nor are those he left always successful, as in the chapters “Bernard and the Angel” and “The Author Reviews His Characters.

I wonder if Gide is still assigned reading in school these days. This article needs additional citations for verification. Worse yet, it is not genuine. Though here, as always, Forster expresses himself in a tone of elegant common sense, it seems to me that, whether or not the charge sticks to Dickens and Gide, his own comments may be logically inadequate.


The journal is equally essential for another of Gide’s experiments, setting the novel in the present; for it is Edouard’s journal that enables Gide to present his background material in the present tense.

The Counterfeiters

It can be argued that Gide’s masterpiece has had a greater influence on the literature of our century than many more radical experiments. Nevertheless, the closer one looks at what it says counterfeitsrs freedom-“such freedom as is possible today,” as Kafka put it-the more melancholy one feels.

With many characters and crisscrossing plotlines, its main theme is that of the original and the copy, and what differentiates them — both in the external plot of the counterfeit gold coins and in the portrayal of the characters’ feelings and their relationships.

Quotes from The Counterfeiters. Organization and confusion are of equal importance. His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one’s sexual nature, without at the nadre time betraying one’s values. He no longer resembled the careless youth who had stolen the suitcase and who thought that all that is needed in this world is to be daring.

As stated in his journal, Gide’s plan for how he wished the novel to end, for how he wanted the ending to feel, also sounds like what happens in a fugue. But the transitional nature of counterffeiters story is interesting. His feelings are hurt and, while it is his father he attacks, it is his mother he blames.

As the author fide not omniscient, so he cannot be omnipresent. These bits of plot are “logical objective,” Forster admits, “but by no means the centre of the book” counterfeietrs H The Counterfeiters is a book about writing a book, also called “The Counterfeiters”. A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in ‘s France a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B.

Notes on Gide’s The Counterfeiters

As he put it in his journal:. It reminds me of The Way of All Flesha 19th century bildungsroman centering on an uncle and his nephew, with winks to the discerning reader. Page count missing counterfwiters