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Friday, July 27, 2018

Fruits of the Earth (1895) by Andre Gide

Book Review
Fruits of the Earth (1895)
 by Andre Gide

  Honestly I've gotten so little out of the four Andre Gide titles on the 1001 Books list that it is embarrassing.  By this point, having read all four books, I could tell you that he was active in the late 19th and early 20th century, and that he was an inspiration to the mid 20th century existentialist writers.  And that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947.  Fruits of the Earth is barely a novel if at all so, it's more accurately described as a prose-poem, with everything that entails in terms of flowerly language and utter lack of a story.

  Fruits of Earth bears enough resemblance to the writing of Henry Thoreau, that it makes me wonder if Thoreau was translated into French in the 19th century, but both are part of larger "back to nature" aesthetic movement that was consistent in the west for centuries. 

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