ANDRE GIDE FRUITS OF THE EARTH PDF

The book was written in the year of Gide's marriage and appeared in a review in before publication the next year. Gide admitted to the intellectual influence of Nietzsche 's Thus Spoke Zarathustra [1] but the true genesis was the author's own journey from the deforming influence of his puritanical religious upbringing to liberation in the arms of North African boys. Andre Maurois draws attention to the similarity of moral outlook between the two works in these words: "Like Thus Spake Zarathustra , Les Nourritures Terrestres is a gospel in the root sense of the word: glad tidings. Tidings about the meaning of life addressed to a dearly loved disciple whom Gide calls Nathanael. The book has three characters: the narrator, the narrator's teacher, Menalque, and the young Nathanael.

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Gide wrote Fruits of the Earth in , when he was suffering from tuberculosis. Addressed to the reader, 'I will teach you fervour', it is a hymn to the pleasures of life that Gide came so near to losing: travel, touch, hearing, smell, sight and, above all, taste. During the author's travels, he meets Menalcas, a caricature of Oscar Wilde, who relates his fantastic life story. But for all his brilliance, Menalcas is only Gide's yesterday self, a discarded wraith who leaves Gide free to stop exalting the ego and embrace bodily and spiritual joy.

Later Fruits of the Earth, written in during Gide' s short-lived spell of communism, reaffirms the doctrine of the earlier book. But now he sees happiness not as freedom, but a submission to heroism. In a series of 'Encounters', Gide describes a Negro tramp, a drowned child, a lunatic and other casualties of life. These reconcile him to suffering, death and religion, causing him to insist that 'today's Utopia' be tomorrow's reality'. Andre Gide. Gide was born in Paris on 22 November He had an irregular and lonely upbringing.

He became devoted to literature and music, and began his literary career as an essayist, moving on to poetry, biography, fiction, drama, criticism, reminiscence and translation. By he had emerged as a prophet to French youth, and his unorthodox views were a source of endless debate and attack. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Gide died in Paris in Our Lists. Fruits Of The Earth. Buy from….

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Charting his growing sense of liberation from the constriction of Parisian life, it is a hymn to autonomy, escaping the rigidity of rules imposed by others and adhering to a philosophy of self-determination. Influenced by Nietzsche, the narrator exhorts the reader to do away with convention, lead a nomadic existence in search of understanding, learn about the world and oneself, enjoy simplicity, look around with fresh eyes, and escape the decadence of civilisation. He also throws off the Church with its restrictiveness, which is fine because one can find God within. This is a way of living guided by intuition, not external authority.

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Gide wrote Fruits of the Earth in , when he was suffering from tuberculosis. Addressed to the reader, 'I will teach you fervour', it is a hymn to the pleasures of life that Gide came so near to losing: travel, touch, hearing, smell, sight and, above all, taste. During the author's travels, he meets Menalcas, a caricature of Oscar Wilde, who relates his fantastic life story. But for all his brilliance, Menalcas is only Gide's yesterday self, a discarded wraith who leaves Gide free to stop exalting the ego and embrace bodily and spiritual joy.

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