Isabelle (1911) – racconto, secondo lo stesso Gide, «semifrivolo» – è una sorta di opera laboratorio, un esercizio narrativo di storie non più autobiografiche, sulla via del romanzo e dell’impersonalità: un castello, un innamoramento romantico, un delitto... In un’atmosfera inquietante e misteriosa, un sogno letterario rivela un’orrenda verità: dietro il volto angelico e affascinante di Isabelle si nasconde una volgare prostituta.
Ne La Sinfonia pastorale (1919) il sentimento evangelico e l’amore terreno si sovrappongono e si confondono nel dolente rapporto tra un pastore protestante e una ragazza cieca. I temi gidiani della responsabilità individuale e del diritto a un’esistenza autentica vengono scavati in un racconto che si caratterizza per un’estrema trasparenza strutturale e stilistica.
- ISBN: 881136583X
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 240
Two wonderful novellas, though LSP gets most of the praise. Certainly it sticks in one's mind more than Isabelle, but I think I'd rather re-read the latter: SP is a little too obvious. My rediscovery of Gide has been the reading triumph of the year for me so far, and these two only help that along:
I’m a big fan of Gide after having read 2 books of his previously but this failed to live up to the high expectations. This is 2 books in one. The first book is a really strange story about a pastor who is fairly religious who adopts a blind girl who is pretty dumb also and essentially nurtures her Leggi tutto
Isabelle creates expectations, but once on the plateau, it ends, not with unanswered questions, but simply a weak ending. The Pastoral Symphony is notably the real deal here. Shorter, but pungent. Also, in terms of the underlying messages, there is more to gain from this story, and some amazing line Leggi tutto
Two stories of men thinking women are what they would like to be, rather than what they are. Felt like the message was the point, and that's pretty uninteresting.
Simple prose accommodates short stories exploring oppositions and morality.
I was surprised at first that La Symphonie Pastorale seems to have by far the greater amount of space in the book's reviews, but now I understand. The first story although only 62 pages to Isabelle's 95, is to my mind the better story. It deals with a priest called to a dying woman, who then takes i Leggi tutto
La Symphonie is a story of forbidden love and loss of faith, and as such its themes are uncomfortably personal for me. The main character's lack of awareness of that in himself which is obvious to all around him is well drawn. In Isabelle, Gide's real interest is not Isabelle but her son Casimir - h Leggi tutto
Isabelle: "As it was, I could hardly recognize the Isabelle my imagination had fallen in love with. Her tale, it is true, was interlarded with interjections; she recriminated against fate; she lamented that in this world poetry & sentiment are always in the wrong; but it grieved me not to hear in he Leggi tutto
A chance encounter with Andre Gide on a Th. Van Rysselberghe painting, and then with this book in a second-hand shop, compelled me to read these two random 'classics' - which turn out to be quirky horror stories more notable for the literary zeitgeist they represent than for their inherent, semi-got Leggi tutto
Like a walk in the park. A very big park with broken statuary and deer peeking through the brush at you. And then you find a crumbling stone manor and the mist starts creeping in. That kind of walk in the park.
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