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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The Counterfeiters novel by Gide. Some are suspected of having attempted to circulate counterfeit coins. Gide has dispensed with neither plot nor character-nor, for that matter, with causality, logic, or premeditation.

Then the angel took Bernard into the poor quarters of the town, whose wretchedness Bernard had never suspected. Laura’s extra-marital affair with Vincent is a disaster which she barely survives.

Views Read Edit View history. Quotes from The Counterfeiters. Boris’s suicide seems to anere an indecencyfor I was not expecting it. The making of the novel, with letters, newspaper clippings and other supporting material, was documented by Gide in his Journal of The Counterfeiters.

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 gidr Gide, his own comments may be logically inadequate. Although it seems madly humiliating to reduce the story to the story of these two heroes, because around them, it is a whole web of heroes who have their own stories, andrr all these stories have a link between thema link for the characters, family or friendly or knowledge, as for example Bernard and Edward who meet gidr the chances of their two adventures, they realize that they both have a link with another character, Olivier’s.

Robert, counterteiters “comte” who drags Olivier to the dark side, is painted as a kind of Wildean figure, which is interesting given the friendship shared between Wilde and Gide.

Gide’s novel has moments of keen psychological penetration and, for that reason alone, deserves veritable accolades. Two rival writers, Edouard and Robert, fall for the same impressionable young boy, Olivier, who decides to run off with Robert, the more famous and less honorable of the two.


This is an extremely complex novel from this distinguished French author who had apparently published over thirty books during his career.

So it follows, with Gide’s journals, the book is about writing about writing about writing, among its many themes. 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.

Four Reflections on André 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. See 2 questions about The Counterfeiters….

Never take advantage of momentum -such is the rule of my game. Oct 17, Tuck rated it really liked it. For example, subject and counter-subject may overlap. His behavior to Laura-at times so generous–has at times seemed to me revolting Have a little spare time?

Originally published inthis book became known for the frank sexuality of its contents and its account of middle andrw French morality. The psychoanalyst Sophroniska argues that polyphonic music is “mathematical” and that Bach banished “all pathos and all humanity,” achieving “an abstract chef d’oeuvre of boredom.

The former makes The Counterfeiters the admirable work of art it is, while the latter provides its distinctive ventilation, the refreshing air of freedom that makes the book “grow” and “open out,” just as E.

He took it up again in in his version of the Oedipus story:. 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.

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 counnterfeiters. Here is the passage sndre his intention: So far is the putative anxre of The Counterfeiters from omniscience that he is actually self-effacing. There’s a strong anti-decadent bent in this novel. Because Gide obviously knew the topic very well I felt that the Faux-Monnayeurs delivered great insight.


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Bernard does go up hill in the book, literally so in the Alps. The two authors read each other parts of their respective manuscripts gidw to publication, and remained on good terms thereafter, so it appears that neither felt wronged in any way by the similarities. British empiricism has seldom been on better than flirting terms with French rationalism, and Forster shows a Briton’s mistrust of Gide’s theoretical experimentalism: Herein lies Gide’s sympathy with young characters like Bernard, who may move uphill so long as he keeps moving.

This would correspond to the death of Boris in the novel. The reputation of the Faux-Monnayeurs is that it is anfre experimental novel that succeeds only where it is conventional. Gide’s break with Calvinism was spectacular and consequential, the obvious turning point of counyerfeiters life, and yet, in a sense, it was incomplete.

The Counterfeiters

In glossing the “Parnassian butterfly” quatrain of La Fontaine, the sartorially impeccable but emotionally tattered Olivier parrots a superficial bon mot he lifted from Passavant, just as Passavant counterfeitets it from Paul Ambroise who may counterfeuters have swiped it from Oscar Wilde:. In conclusion, it’s more of a “slice of life” narrative rather than a novel, and although Gide has moments of clever insights, in the end the story will likely leave the reader under-served.

He aimed at eschewing omniscience altogether. No one to resemble but myself