La Symphonie Pastorale/Isabelle has ratings and 14 reviews. Sunny said: I’ m a big fan of Gide after having read 2 books of his previously but this fa. Pastoral Symphony (). La symphonie pastorale (original title). Approved | 1h Writers: André Gide (novel), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 3 more credits». development of the thought and art of Gide in each of his successive works must have appointed to see La Symphonie pasrtorale appear after Isabelle, which.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling pastodale about the problem. Return to Book Page. In beautiful, evocative prose, Gide’s short novel explores such themes as love, blindness, honor, and mortality. PaperbackPenguin Modern Classicspages.

Published by Penguin Books Ltd first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. 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 back into normality.

Then weirdly he falls in love with her even though she is a third of his age. The second story is also pretty weird. Slowly he finds out more about her and the mystery around her. 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.

La Symphonie Pastorale/Isabelle by André Gide

My rediscovery of Gide gise been the reading anfre of the year for me so far, and these two only help that along: Most importantly of all, Gide is a dialectical novelist; each story is a careful sta Two wonderful novellas, though LSP patorale most of the praise. Oct 03, Helen McClory rated gidw it was ok Shelves: Two stories of men thinking women are what they would like to be, rather than what they are.

Felt gidde the message was the point, and that’s pretty uninteresting. 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 into his family the person he finds apparently deaf, dumb and blind and totally uncomprehending of the situation she is in.

His wife is not best pleased, and he takes a keen interest in attempting to e 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.

His wife is not best pleased, and he takes a keen interest in attempting to educate her himself.

The tale has a twist at the end but I won’t give away the story. Isabelle I found maudlin and sentimental and it did not hold my attention nearly so much.

Apr 04, Monty Milne rated it really liked it. 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 andrs which is obvious to all around him is well drawn.

In Isabelle, Gide’s real interest is not Isabelle but her gidf Casimir – he may be a slobbering passtorale, but he is still morally superior to his awful mother. I read both tales with pleasure in the course of a single afternoon. Jul 06, Kemal rated it liked it.

Not a word of regret for anyone but herself! I thought, is that the only way she can love? A chance encounter with Andre Gide on a Th.

La Symphonie Pastorale/Isabelle

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 anere for their inherent, semi-gothic quality.

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. Jul 31, Katy rated it it was ok Recommended to Katy by: La Symphonie is okay, but I really like Isabelle. Should read in original French if you can. Scenes on the Ibn-i Rushd was great, a little boy is persuaded -by priest- to write thesis on Avorroes!


Aristotle – Rushd good combination and reveals the un-centric approach of Gide! Philip Tidman rated it liked it Nov 17, Christine rated it really liked it Jul 06, George rated it it was ok Jun 16, Elisa rated it really liked it Feb 12, Ebun rated it liked it May 02, Nix rated gude really liked it Jun 11, Alie rated symphoniie liked it May 17, Aline Medri rated it liked it Aug 17, Joe rated it it was ok Jan 04, Amy Fuller rated it liked it Jul 30, Arthur Cravan rated it really liked it Jul pstorale, Tracy Ward rated it it was amazing May 14, Addison Hart rated it really liked it Jul 23, Lupo rated it liked sympbonie Feb 14, Chris King rated it liked it Aug 03, Nancy Treuhold rated it really liked it Jul 16, Tom Willard rated it did not like gidde Jan 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Gide’s career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent bide anticolonialism between the two World Wars. Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social laa. Gide’s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty.

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His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one’s sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one’s values. His political activity is informed by the andrf ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR. Trivia About La Symphonie Past No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.