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Andre Gide , Dorothy Bussy
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10 Sep 2010
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1162724307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1162724300
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 22.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,565,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1890, during the pontificate of Leo XIII, Anthime Armand-Dubios, unbeliever and freemason, visited Rome in order to consult Dr. X, the celebrated specialist for rheumatic complaints. Read the first page
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Gide, the novelist's novelist, tends to his wicked garden of amoral flowers in this multi-leveled satire. Defying the formulaic strictures of his day, Gide skewers the pomposity of the French and Italian gentry while soaring above them with gleeful snobbery. My parents forbade me to read Gide, and so of course I did, in secret, only to have "Lafcadio" snatched from my precocious twelve-year-old hands before I could finish the novel--but memories of Lafcadio lay buried for years until they ultimately emerged to flower anew in the mystery/ adventure: "Into the Deep--The Haven" . . . both a companion and handshake to Gide's examination of the motiveless crime. V.E. Rosswell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more here than meets the eye 3 May 2004
By IRA Ross - Published on
Gide's _Lafacdio's Adventures_ is much more than a book about a young man who commits a senseless crime. It is also far more than just a couple of mascarading crooks who concoct a story of the kidnapping of a high church official as a means of bilking a naive gentleman of his money. Gide has written a marvelously twisty-even slightly twisted-and often hillariously funny crime novel. What places _Lafcadio's Adventures_ far above that genre is its emphasis on the meaning of friendship, loyalty, genuine caring and a real sense of responsibility for another human being that can and often does transform people. Gide takes an interesting look at a social outsider in a fresh and humane way. The result is a truer and far more complex and sympathetic picture of such an individual. Even if I could not quite make out his motivations there is still much to think about in Gide's brilliant study of saints and sinners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not panning the book, just the edition 10 Aug 2011
By Patrick OConnor - Published on
A warning to those who want to buy this book: It is laid out as if one were reading it on-line, with each block paragraph separated by a full line. Longer spaces between paragraphs in the original edition are not marked as such. Much of the rhythm of the original book (or its original translation, at any rate) is lost in this format.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Examination of an Exceedingly Relevant Question 2 Jun 2009
By J. Carpenter - Published on
I came to this after reading, and loving, The Immoralist, and I was not disappointed. In this novel, Gide seems to be continuing the examination of personal responsibility to others and oneself--there's very little logical reason to avoid that which society considers "bad," (murder, stealing) so long as there is a good chance of anonymity. This sort of question has continued relevance to a modern audience, and Gide offers some interesting outcomes.
As for the translation, admittedly never having read the French, it seemed a bit wordy compared to the economy of version The Immoralist I'm familiar with. However as I have not compared the styles of the novels in their original tongue I can't say if this discrepancy lies there or with the different translators.
5.0 out of 5 stars a very funny soap opera book 7 Jun 2008
By M. F. H. - Published on
the writing was wonderful, it flowed beautifully between characters and the plots, you didn;t have to go back 20 pages to remember who was whom, (i think thats correct english) it was funny and the characters were believable,i thoroughly enjoyed the book....
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobel Prize Winner Andre Gide at his best! 30 May 2008
By K. Dimas - Published on
Anything but common place writing ... so original in thinking. I also loved the hop-scotching through all the European cities and meeting all the characters he ran into. Find it interesting that his books at the time became banned by the Vatican, but werent so many. Great read.
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