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The Counterfeiters Originally Published In , This Book Became Known For The Frank Sexuality Of Its Contents And Its Account Of Middle Class French Morality The Themes Of The Book Explore The Problem Of Morals, The Problem Of Society And The Problems Facing Writers An Appendix To This Edition Vintage, Contains Excerpts From The Gide S Notebooks Which He Kept While Writing This Book


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    Les faux Monnayeurs The Counterfeiters, Andr Gide Andr Paul Guillaume Gide The Counterfeiters, is a 1925 novel by French author Andr Gide The Counterfeiters, adorn three parts Part One The events in this section take place in Paris, in the author s childhood alleys Part II It happens in one of the Swiss villages Third part It happens again in Paris the story time is notthan five months from the end of spring to the end of the story and the story takes place before the First Les faux Monnayeurs The Counterfeiters, Andr Gide Andr Paul Guillaume Gide The Counterfeiters, is a 1925 novel by French author Andr Gide The Counterfeiters, adorn three parts Part One The events in this section take place in Paris, in the author s childhood alleys Part II It happens in one of the Swiss villages Third part It happens again in Paris the story time is notthan five months from the end of spring to the end of the story and the story takes place before the First World War The plot revolves around Bernard, a school friend of Olivier s With many characters and crisscrossing plot lines The Counterfeiters is a novel within a novel, with Edouard the alter ego of Gide intending to write a book of the same title Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator who sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters motivations or discusses alternate realities Therefore, the book has been seen as a precursor of the new roman The structure of the novel was written to mirror Cubism, in that it interweaves between several different plots and portrays multiple points of view 1973 1335 400 1349 667 1359 546 1386 479 1388 1392 9789649971223 232 76236


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    The Counterfeiters is a book about writing a book, also called The Counterfeiters That is the primary theme of the novel which comes from the title of the book by the writer Edouard Thus The Counterfeiters is a novel within a novel, with Edouard the alter ego of Gide writing a book of the same title Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters motivations or discusses alternate realities H The Counterfeiters is a book about writing a book, also called The Counterfeiters That is the primary theme of the novel which comes from the title of the book by the writer Edouard Thus The Counterfeiters is a novel within a novel, with Edouard the alter ego of Gide writing a book of the same title Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters motivations or discusses alternate realities However, there is also the story of a group of boys who are passing counterfeit coins throughout Paris Thus we have entered a world where we cannot trust our senses what is counterfeit and what is real The story of Edouard writing his novel demonstrates his search for knowledge, yet as he associates with a group of his own adolescent relatives it appears as an artificial arrangement one that displays the effects upon society of youth s corruption of traditional standards and values The collapse of morality is illustrated with Eduoard s nephew Vincent, who deserts his lover Laura, a married woman, and runs away with Lillian, the mistress of Count Robert de Passavant His life goes downhill as he murders her and goes insane There is also the coming of age story of Bernard and Olivier as they prepare to leave school but does this extend beyond their education and emanate from all who are learning about the world This learning which is required by the changing nature of the everyday, the quotidian reality that is, perhaps, counterfeit.I found the details of Edouard s struggles with his career, his family, his friendships and love provide images that enhance the main themes, yet also provide narrative drive Another subplot of the novel is homosexuality Some of the characters are overtly homosexual, like the adolescent Olivier, and the adult writers Count de Passavant and Eduoard The Count seems to be an evil and corrupting force while the latter is benevolent Even when the treatment is not overt, there is a homoerotic subtext that runs throughout, which encompasses Olivier s friend, Bernard, and their schoolfellows Gontran and Philippe The main theme of The Counterfeiters underlies the issue of sexuality, morality, and social order and lineage in a unique way for his era Gide s novel was not received well on its appearance, perhaps because of its homosexual themes and its unusual composition It is this unusual composition that I thought made it an interesting read along with which the way Gide demonstrates ideas through his characters and their actions much like Dostoevsky and Thomas Mann The Counterfeiters has improved its reputation in the intervening years and is now generally counted among the great novels of the twentieth century


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    This is subtle metafiction since one of the main characters is a writer and the nature of Gide s The Counterfeiters is intellectual, bohemian, philosophical and of its time for example, Freudian techniques used on a boy are exposited upon and discussed It follows various people of a social milieu, from schoolboys to new school leavers, to their parents and relatives, to an old schoolmaster, and is about their relationships and connections in that sense, it was soap like It is also very homo This is subtle metafiction since one of the main characters is a writer and the nature of Gide s The Counterfeiters is intellectual, bohemian, philosophical and of its time for example, Freudian techniques used on a boy are exposited upon and discussed It follows various people of a social milieu, from schoolboys to new school leavers, to their parents and relatives, to an old schoolmaster, and is about their relationships and connections in that sense, it was soap like It is also very homoerotic never directly stated but some of the male main characters are almost certainly gay It wasn t the easiest of books to follow but it was good in an interesting way The denouement cannot spoil , however, I did not like much because it felt a bit obvious and heavy handed to me and it rang hollow, so that was a shame.Edit I suppose the counterfeit coins used in the novel that the title references, represent the hollow and somewhat flashy or surface nature and currency of many of these relationships people have with each other I will say that I did find the novel a bit depressing but almost scientifically honest that way because it kind of mirrors what I see and experience about people I m sure that saysabout me though Again, I think this is an interesting and philosophical novel it wove subtly complex webs across my mind


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    The Counterfeiters is a book for writers, intellectuals or learners It s an odd book with crisscrossing themes and story lines Difficult to follow I gave up trying to follow it Gide, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, is an old time writer, the emphasis being on writer, rather than novelist In those days, there weren t that many writers around and writers often were able to put whatever they wanted in their books.And Gide put a lot in this book It s just not much of a story The Counterfeiters is a book for writers, intellectuals or learners It s an odd book with crisscrossing themes and story lines Difficult to follow I gave up trying to follow it Gide, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, is an old time writer, the emphasis being on writer, rather than novelist In those days, there weren t that many writers around and writers often were able to put whatever they wanted in their books.And Gide put a lot in this book It s just not much of a story Ostensibly it s about a young artist s search for artistic authenticity But that search gets twisted in a hundred different directions, ending up only as strands heading in a general direction And yet in the process much insightful information about art and the artistic process is provided And information about life Consider these gems It very often suffices to add together a quantity of little facts which, taken separately, are very simple and very natural, to arrive at a sum which is monstrous the greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers most from its own limitations Like a Renaissance man, Gide s thoughts are learned and broad ranging, and yet clearly the book s predominant emphasis is on art,specifically writing Even, in this edition anyway, at the end, there is Gide s notebook on his process of how he wrote the novel And it s good information Like, be guided by the words rather than force them into submission So, read this novel for entertainment I would say not really Read it to read a brilliant man and learn from him You re getting warmer Read it to learn about art and writing You re hot now.Have a little spare time I ve free flash fiction all stories under 1K at my website greggbell.net


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    The reputation of the Faux Monnayeurs is that it is an experimental novel that succeeds only where it is conventional Gide s experimentation comes in the form of a magically real angel, multiple narrative points of view combined withsubplots and characters than would normally be considered prudent in a well controlled work.At 19, I liked it because the author maintained a rapid pace and clearly had great affection for his characters As well the discussion on homosexuality was new to me The reputation of the Faux Monnayeurs is that it is an experimental novel that succeeds only where it is conventional Gide s experimentation comes in the form of a magically real angel, multiple narrative points of view combined withsubplots and characters than would normally be considered prudent in a well controlled work.At 19, I liked it because the author maintained a rapid pace and clearly had great affection for his characters As well the discussion on homosexuality was new to me Because Gide obviously knew the topic very well I felt that the Faux Monnayeurs delivered great insight.I was stunned when an angel appeared in the novel to wrestle with Bernard as if he were Jacob I was then very glad to see that Bernard was subsequently able to make peace with his adopted father.The novel however ends on a very cruel note as a bullied child commits suicide in front of his classmates I had frankly hoped that the Angel could have saved the little boy and still regret that he did not.This is a great novel about the soul searching of adolescent males during their late teens I recommend it well before Catcher in the Rye


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    Ah, God bless the French I wonder if it s the first time anyone has ever written that I happen to love French writers and, thusly prejudiced, found this book by Andre Gide to be exceptional A fascinating novel of interlocking characters and their crisscrossing story lines that is widely considered a precursor of the nouveau roman.Relationships of every variety are explored straight, homosexual, parent child, bastardy, extra martial, you name it a counterfeit coin subplot symbolic of the re Ah, God bless the French I wonder if it s the first time anyone has ever written that I happen to love French writers and, thusly prejudiced, found this book by Andre Gide to be exceptional A fascinating novel of interlocking characters and their crisscrossing story lines that is widely considered a precursor of the nouveau roman.Relationships of every variety are explored straight, homosexual, parent child, bastardy, extra martial, you name it a counterfeit coin subplot symbolic of the real self vs the false and a fairly chilling suicide by peer pressure angle nearly a century before the infamous suicide by MySpace hoax If you can handle the French, give it a look


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    Steinbeck made me do it.Years ago, while working on my thesis for my master s degree, I learned everything there was to know about East of Eden One bit of information I learned was the books that had influenced Steinbeck, particularly in his writing of EoE There were titles I d heard of Moby Dick and Don Quixote And there was this The Counterfeiters Because I loved all things East of Eden, I made it a point to read these influential books.Now that I ve read The Counterfeiters, I see how it Steinbeck made me do it.Years ago, while working on my thesis for my master s degree, I learned everything there was to know about East of Eden One bit of information I learned was the books that had influenced Steinbeck, particularly in his writing of EoE There were titles I d heard of Moby Dick and Don Quixote And there was this The Counterfeiters Because I loved all things East of Eden, I made it a point to read these influential books.Now that I ve read The Counterfeiters, I see how it influenced Steinbeck The Counterfeiters is an intelligent and imaginative novel And it is perhaps the earliest example of post modernist metafiction I ve encountered Here is a novel called The Counterfeiters, a novel which includes a character who is an author writing a book named The Counterfeiters And as the character in the novel shapes the story, so changes the story in the reader s hands Lovely I thoroughly enjoy works like this Steinbeck s original draft of East of Eden featured some similar metafictional elements, but many of these were toned down at the insistence of Steinbeck s editor and publisher Also groundbreaking was Gide s approach to sexuality The majority of the characters in the novel are either gay or bisexual Their relationships are presented realistically in both positive and negative light just like you d expect from any heterosexual relationship Published in 1925, this display of authentic, non sensationalized homosexual relationships was surely an original take.So The Counterfeiters was definitely a groundbreaking novel, but oh, is it void of anything enjoyable It s intelligent and creative, but there s not much of a story It is art for the sake of art And it s so incredibly hard to follow The Counterfeiters has a cast of characters that rivals War and Peace the difference is that The Counterfeiters introduces these character in a third of the space Tolstoy allowed for his characters to develop Another big difference, War and Peace was vastly interesting.While trying to follow this novel, I stumbled upon the following graphic I think it nicely illustrates one of the problems I had with The Counterfeiters graphic by Morn the GornWhat you see here is the cast of characters, and their convoluted relationships It s not unlike a graphic you might find for War and Peace Halfway through this novel, though, I couldn t honestly tell youthan one or two details about nothan two or three of these characters Many of the others were recognizable by name only Looking at this diagram should have made the story easier to read, but it didn t, and that s purely because Gide made a much too tangled mess of a novel Honestly, and I hate admitting this, it got so bad that I began to skim pages and skip entire passages I just didn t enjoy anything about this story.To Gide s credit, however, this novel was definitely groundbreaking For me, the way it shattered the confines of story and sexuality were the only redeeming qualities I m glad he wrote it, if for no other reason than it changed the landscape of the modern novel, but I have no desire to read this novel ever again


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    A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in 1920 s France a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas just about ruled that town Two rival writers, Edouard and Robert, fall for the same impressionable young boy, Olivier, who decides to run off with Robert, thefamous and less honorable of the two Edouard, a kind of stand in for Gide, is Olivier s uncle through marriage , and in the loss of his beloved nephew opts instead of his schoolfriend A novel as much about writing as it is about coded homosexuality in 1920 s France a time, lest we forget, that Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas just about ruled that town Two rival writers, Edouard and Robert, fall for the same impressionable young boy, Olivier, who decides to run off with Robert, thefamous and less honorable of the two Edouard, a kind of stand in for Gide, is Olivier s uncle through marriage , and in the loss of his beloved nephew opts instead of his schoolfriend, Bernard The intersections that follow among writing instruction, publishing, entry into adulthood, and sexuality are noteworthy, but not too.Also noteworthy is the form of this novel It reads precisely like something out of Austen Many of the novels are structured around the meeting of two characters Even the titles indicate such Bernard and Olivier , Vincent Meets Passavant at Lady Griffith s , Bernard Meets Olivier , etc The novel has that 19th century breadth of including everyone from the aristocracy to the poor girl pregnant out of wedlock And this in 1925 The Great Gatsby came out in 1925 I can t quite figure it out There s a strong anti decadent bent in this novel Robert, the 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 It s only when Olivier realizes he needs to abandon Robert and side himself with amodernistic writer like his uncle that he is safe Perhaps Gide s trying to resurrect an approach to the novel the decadents tried to do away with I mean the novel ends with a boy s accidental suicide, out of the blue It s practically right out of Dickens, but like act two of Dickens


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    This book I couldn t figure out The feeling I get after reading it was similar to the time I read American Psycho On the surface, you wonder, what s going on when is this going to get interesting And you might leave disappointed There s something subliminal about the Counterfeiters that is beyond my intelligence to figure out The characters are meshed together in one book, which seem to act as a pressure cooker Gide, instead of letting the plot twists and turns let the story flow as the c This book I couldn t figure out The feeling I get after reading it was similar to the time I read American Psycho On the surface, you wonder, what s going on when is this going to get interesting And you might leave disappointed There s something subliminal about the Counterfeiters that is beyond my intelligence to figure out The characters are meshed together in one book, which seem to act as a pressure cooker Gide, instead of letting the plot twists and turns let the story flow as the characters lead them to, following their respective personalities and conflicts Edouard s journal s, his efforts with HIS own version of the Counterfeiters, how much of that reflects the novel Which begs the question how mcuh of it reflects Gide s life, at least in the time of writing The form of the novel is unique, depending on which version you pick up It s probably better to pick up the one with Gide s own journals, and also the appendix One of the story is about writing about writing So it follows, with Gide s journals, the book is about writing about writing about writing, among its many themes Gide tried to fit as much as he knew in one book That in itself should be respected It does tend to get messy at times due to Gide s ambitions, but you should just press on.The English version translation I got out from my library the only one by Bussy wasn t great But I m not sure what other translations are like If you could read French, though, that may be the best asset for reading this book


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    I finally finished it and am now going to read the journal the author kept while writing this I mean it s a very long story about writing stories with a lot of characters and sometimes it feels that the line between what the character s are thinking and the what the author is thinking and what the author is thinking of the actual real novel is thin Supposedly he let the story flow naturally and yet I have a hard time imagining that he could have done so because there are so many little things I finally finished it and am now going to read the journal the author kept while writing this I mean it s a very long story about writing stories with a lot of characters and sometimes it feels that the line between what the character s are thinking and the what the author is thinking and what the author is thinking of the actual real novel is thin Supposedly he let the story flow naturally and yet I have a hard time imagining that he could have done so because there are so many little things that needed to happen to get to the end result Maybe I can t fathom it because when I write I need to pre plan most every important thingIt s a heavy read and still the writing style drags your eyes along the pages with force You want to go forward and get closer to the characters perhaps because they re so beautifully painted Maybe I will edit this later and make a clearer review when I will have studied the book in depth but I don t think there is a much deeper meaning I am not sure that this is a book with a message per say It s got a soft feel to it Overall I do recommend it a lot I think although, and the characters employ this very expression in the book to talk about one of the writer s book do you follow me there because I think I lose myself in the bookception it s just a slice of life


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