“Cris I said: 4 stars
“Cris I said: 4 stars
Relationships, Friends, Lovers, Questions, Crossing roads... it has all and more.”
“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) intending to write 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? Then we have 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 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 Comte de Passavant and Eduoard. The Comte seems 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, The Counterfeiters has gained a reputation in the intervening years and is now generally considered one of Gide's most important novels and counted among the Western Canon of literature.”
“Parmi mes favourites de la litterature gay; tres amusant et avant des observations geniales vis-a-vis la nature humaine.”Opica H wrote this review Tuesday, November 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Relationships, Friends, Lovers, Questions, Crossing roads... it has all and more”Cris I wrote this review Thursday, June 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book. It's dense, but quickly-paced, if you're the type of person that finds Dostoyevsky quickly-paced--and I do. It's a touching, depressing, unnerving tale of youth, art, and subtle homesexual undertones. This is my favourite Gide that I've read so far.”Gure-san wrote this review Monday, February 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No