: La Symphonie Pastorale (French Literary Texts) () : Andre Gide: Books. 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. Andre Gide and his. Symphonie Pastorale. Certainly the majority of the readers who had been following the development of the thought and art of Gide in each.

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When, after a long-delayed operation, Gertrude recovers her sight she is not long to find out that sin has corrupted the soul of her benefactor. Arthur Cravan rated it really liked it Jul 02, Films directed by Jean Delannoy. What other items symphoie customers buy after viewing this item?

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La Symphonie Pastorale/Isabelle by André Gide

Devil in the Flesh Use the HTML below. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment As a religious man, the pastor takes the Bible very seriously and tries to preserve Gertrude’s innocence by protecting her from the concept of sin.

But neither his wife nor his oldest son are fooled. PaperbackPenguin Modern Classicspages.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Blinded by love, the priest continually neglects his wife and children, deceiving himself and Gertrudes in the process.

La Symphonie Pastorale/Isabelle

It is a first-person narrative with an adult pastor who finds a young blind girl and falls in love with her. Get to Know Us. Joe rated it it was ok Jan 04, Seeing no hope in the situation, the young woman decides to take her own life. The story tells about a rural pastor, who adopts, out of mercy, an orphaned girl, whose condition is further aggravated by the fact that prior to becoming an orphan, she had been living with sympbonie elderly and somewhat deaf aunt; therefore, she is not adept in understanding the language that people speak and the connection that exists between words and perceptions.

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Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public tide the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism. She attempts suicide by jumping into a river, but is rescued and contracts pneumonia. This film supplies a second, deeper meaning.

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Gidee rated it liked it May 17, The pastor treats the love that Jacques feels for Gertrude as a sin without taking into account that he himself, as a married man and a religious figure, has profound emotional sentiments for a young girl whom he adopted almost as a daughter.

Amy Fuller rated it liked it Jul 30, Rhinoceros Folio French Edition.

The Proud and the Beautiful The Battle of the Rails French Literary Texts Hardcover: Le pasteur Jean Martens Line Noro The symbolism and artful writing deserves is only effective if fully understood. Return to the home page. In beautiful, evocative prose, Gide’s short novel explores such themes as love, blindness, honor, and mortality.


The blind girl comes to dominate the pastor’s consciousness as he guides her from being the brutish creature seen in our first glimpse of her, into an accomplished and attractive young woman. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Retrieved from ” https: Write a customer review. On the contrary, he lulls his conscience by interpreting the Scriptures to his advantage. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. This alternative interpretation, then, is that the blind girl is a kind of demon as suggested by her first appearance who takes over his consciousness, with the result of wrecking his family life and marring his surface saintliness.

La Symphonie Pastorale and Isabelle – Andre Gide

All is dealt with with abdre subtle, highly intelligent touch and in a language that evokes the world at its most beautiful and painful. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This is a senstive tale of destroying oneself through love and good intention. As he unravels the mystery of her absence, he is forced to abandon his passionate ideal.

It is one of those few lucky films in the history of French lastorale with which some of the most important personalities of French culture have been associated.