Fruits Of The Earth (Vintage Classics)

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During the author's travels, he meets Menalcas, a caricature of Oscar Wilde, who relates his fantastic life story. But for all his brilliance, Menalcas is only Gide's yesterday self, a discarded wraith who leaves Gide free to stop exalting the ego and embrace bodily and spiritual joy. Later Fruits of the Earth, written in 1935 during Gide's short-lived spell of communism, reaffirms the doctrine of the earlier book. But now he sees happiness not as freedom, but a submission to heroism. In a series of 'Encounters', Gide describes a Negro tramp, a drowned child, a lunatic and other casualties of life. These reconcile him to suffering, death and religion, causing him to insist that 'today's Utopia' be 'tomorrow's reality'.

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Gide wrote Fruits of the Earth in 1897, when he was suffering from tuberculosis. Addressed to the reader, ‘I will teach you fervour’, it is a hymn to the pleasures of life that Gide came so near to losing: travel, touch, hearing, smell, sight and, above all, taste.

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Andre Gide is one of the giants of modern French literature. Fruits of the Earth is one of Gide's most popular works, and it had a strong influence on the early thinking of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.

Gide wrote Fruits of the Earth in 1897, while suffering from tuberculosis. It is a hymn to the pleasures of life that Gide came so close to losing forever: touch, hearing, smell, sight and, more than anything, taste. In this paean to the senses, Gide advocates the rejection of banal preconceptions and moral rules, in order to taste life and the world's joys at their fullest. This exaltation requires not imitation but freedom, and emotional, physical and sexual self-exploration.

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