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  • 128 pages
  • La Porte étroite
  • André Gide
  • English
  • 21 April 2016
  • 9780141185248

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  1. Manny Manny says:

    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 saidLooking 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 fiancé 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 uickly 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 waySo 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

  2. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    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 Elysées 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 uaffing absinthe and howling at the moon beneath La Tour Eiffel Ok I'm not sure how much of that is true but it is infinitely interesting to imagine it that way non? Ultimately I failed to see the great romance of this book and was generally struck by how it portrays the unchecked spiral of a young girl who uite 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 timesNil point for joie de vivre

  3. Mary Durrant Mary Durrant says:

    A haunting tale of doomed loveSad powerful and deeply movingStimulates the emotions with beautiful proseSuch a sad ending

  4. gwayle gwayle says:

    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 conseuences 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

  5. John David John David says:

    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 uoting 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 only spurred 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 awayHe 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 reuests 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 not so 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 readingWhen 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 reuired 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

  6. David David says:

    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 been fun A book with a boring secret diary? That's just rubbish isn't it?

  7. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    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 uite 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 uite 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 and deliberately 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 is of 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 progressesBussy'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

  8. Stephen Durrant Stephen Durrant says:

    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 freuent Biblical references and uotations 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 ie 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

  9. Leonard Leonard says:

    Le Havre Franceview spoiler Strait is the Gate is 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

  10. Kaph Kaph says:

    Verdict Arguably a love story because ‘story’ implies things happen On the plus side it is uite shortUnlike the French as a whole I’m uite au fait with their literature so far du Maurier wrote a better Jane Eyre and against all expectations I found Madame Bovary to be a rip roaring good read Sadly I’m afraid Gide is letting the side down To be fair Strait is the Gate is a symbolist work of literature which is fancy speak for ‘nothing happens’ I will never understand how one movement can produce such fantastic art and such shite novels Anyway when Gide picked up pen instead of paintbrush we were never going to be friends Your prejudices may differAaaand spoiler ahoy Strait is the Gate is about Jerome Jerome loves Alissa his raised as but not actually sister Alissa loves Jerome and also God That is cool ‘cause Jerome loves God too But no it’s not ‘cause Alissa has some severe issues stemming from her mother’s whorishness So Alissa and Jerome love each other for awhile Then Alissa decides that’s no good on account of God I’ll admit to some trouble following her exact course of logic so they say goodbye and she goes to a Paris care home to kill herself with her own mind The EndI never know what to do with this sort of story What am I meant to be seeing in this? What should I be taking from this? Writing wise of course it is perfect Gide is one of those golden age pre war authors and knows his way around a composition book Personally I could have stood to see the dramatics toned slightly back Everyone is always flinging themselves about and clasping bits of other people to them which just seems excessive in a book where nothing happens In fact this combination of floral words and famined plot suggest that what Gide really wanted to write was poetry and that I have been dupedI have very definite feelings on poetry Namely that once we had invented the alphabet and bards could now write out their tales instead of relying on rhythm and rhyme to remember the epics poetry had no usefulness Sure people can still use it to great effect to enhance a story see examples Shakespeare and Theodore Geisel and we can all get behind a good limerick but poetry in its purest form holds no interest for me Poetry in its contemporary form I actively despise but the same can be said for art music architecture and fashion so why single it out? Well Strait is the Gate is failed poetry and I have been tricked into reading it True to form I didn’t get it Luckily like a poem it was super short and this has saved it from the dreaded one star Only books I hate get one star and I didn’t spend enough time or emotion on these sad French people to get past apathyI’m still puzzling over whether or not this counts as brain fever I’m something of an expert on this forgotten yet lethal ailment of the past and have encountered victims from France to the small Russian town of Skotoprigonyevsk Whatever Alissa contracted does not uite fit the bill All the triggers are there A love that cannot be Moral wrangling God It is certainly self induced like all proper brain fevers ought to be She just seems a bit too lucid and there aren’t nearly enough hallucinations Yeah I think I’ll stick with my original diagnosis of ‘death by application of willpower’ Fine by me I’m so sick of brain fever

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La Porte étroite✤ La Porte étroite Download ➸ Author André Gide – 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 endangering his soul In the interests of his salvation she decides to suppress everything that is beautiful in herself in both mind and body.

About the Author: André Gide

André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World WarsKnown for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality s.