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Nausea (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 29 Mar 1990

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140181806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140181807
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Nausea <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Jean-Paul Sartre <>Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 1998
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Sartre's first novel can be a terrifying and brutal unmasking of the nature of existence. It is one of those books that grabs your attention and forces you to deal with your own response to the writing. I was so caught up in the protagonist's developing understanding of who he was and what his life actually meant that I hardly noticed the style of writing. The power of description of his awakening consciousness is very powerful and subtly builds throughout the book, leading to an ending with a strange feeling of euphoria and freedom.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justice Peace on 24 Aug. 2010
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Nausea was initially to be called 'Melancholy' and I feel the latter is a better title. To me nausea suggests a sickness of the body, but melancholy is a feeling of spiritual numbness verging on depression, and it is this feeling of isolation and nothingness our 'hero' is fighting to overcome in this moody tale of a philosopher/writer battling his internal demons. It sounds depressing but Sartre is such a wonderful writer it's a joy to read such an erudite and beautifully written novel. Yes, the chapter where R walks through the museum criticising all the town's former leading citizens is out of place, but it is the exception to the rule that every paragraph is fascinating. I particularly liked the description of R's former lover as having 'outlived herself'. This perfectly encompasses the idea that for some only youth and beauty have any value or joy. It comments sagaciously on the brevity of fecundity. Nausea is, unsurprisingly, similar in style to Camus's fabulous 'The Fall'. As an introduction to Existentialism you could not find a better novel. Vi et Animo! JP :)
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Epic. But a very hard read. Best read in short bursts.
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