Strait is the Gate, Paperback

Strait is the Gate Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A delicate boy growing up in Paris, Jerome Palissier spends many summers at his uncle's house in the Normandy countryside, where the whole world seems 'steeped in azure'.

There he falls deeply in love with his cousin Alissa and she with him.

But gradually Alissa becomes convinced that Jerome's love for her is endangering his soul.

In the interests of his salvation, she decides to suppress everything that is beautiful in herself - in both mind and body.

A devastating exploration of aestheticism taken to extremes, "Strait is the Gate" is a novel of haunting beauty that stimulates the mind and the emotions.




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One of the things I love about the classics is that you often come across stories that really wouldn't be written in modern times. Here we have a tragic love story of a man who falls in love with his cousin, only for his cousin's sister to likewise fall in love with him. What makes this even more memorable is the ensuing tragedy of sacrifices that each makes to either ensure the other's happiness or to protect the other's soul for God's glory.

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