Books: Apologist

THE IMMORALIST—Andre Gide—Knopf ($2.50).

Author Andre Gide, wary as a cat treading among eggs, writes delicately of a delicate subject: homosexuality. Michel, archeologist son of an archeologist father, is wrapped up in his career, cares nothing for women, but to soothe his dying father promises he will marry. Shortly after his marriage he comes down with consumption; his wife nurses him back to health, he falls in love with her. But his sickness and his convalescence make him for the first time aware of his body: in...

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