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Virtue and Love,
This review is from: Strait is the Gate (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
As children, Jerome, the narrator, and his cousin Alissa, are often together, and Jerome feels that their lives will be bound up forever. He dedicates his life to God, to the twin ideals of virtue and love. As time goes on, it becomes clear that Alissa feels that Jerome will only achieve true virtue if she denies herself to him. Despite his protestations of eternal love, she continues to keep him at a distance.
In this short novel, Gide examines the role of virtue and true love in life. There are no easy answers, but the writing is fresh and direct, and the characters well-drawn in Gide’s best fashion.