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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: For Beginners; Reprint edition (21 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934389153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934389157
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a joy. I knew nothing about Sartre or Existentialism and found this book very clear and easy to follow. Unlike another Sartre book claiming to be an easily understood introduction, this one contains graphics and cartoons that aren't just caricatures of the people involved (how is knowing what they looked like going to help me follow the facts?). The graphics in this book are simple, funny visual descriptions and explanations of a rather complex subject. Not complex at all since I read this book. It's not a vastly detailed scientific study of Sartre's work. It is what it promises to be: A Beginner's Guide to Sartre. With no knowledge of philosophy, I found it fascinating and easy to follow, and it's whetted my appetite for further reading. There are others in this series, about other philosophers, and I'd recommend them all if you just want a little basic knowledge to enhance your knowledge of the world!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2001
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I found this introduction to Sartre's work somewhat harder going than the other reviewer. The explanations occasionally left me a little bemused, or wanting more. Nevertheless this is generally a very reasonable introduction to Sartre and existentialism. I liked many of the cartoons, too.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Existentially Simple Sartre 13 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a joy. I knew nothing about Sartre or Existentialism and found this book very clear and easy to follow. Unlike another Sartre book claiming to be an easily understood introduction, this one contains graphics and cartoons that aren't just caricatures of the people involved (how is knowing what they looked like going to help me follow the facts?). The graphics in this book are simple, funny visual descriptions and explanations of a rather complex subject. Not complex at all since I read this book. It's not a vastly detailed scientific study of Sartre's work. It is what it promises to be: A Beginner's Guide to Sartre. With no knowledge of philosophy, I found it fascinating and easy to follow, and it's whetted my appetite for further reading. There are others in this series, about other philosophers, and I'd recommend them all if you just want a little basic knowledge to enhance your knowledge of the world!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Good Start on Sartre 17 Mar. 2002
By Mike Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the Reader from New York below. _Sartre For Beginners_ from Writers and Readers Publishing was indeed a good place to start, unlike _Introducing Sartre_ from Totem Books.

The writing style was clear and concise, and the illustrations appropriately complemented the material. The book is well structured, with a short Biographical section, a lengthy section on Sartre's Existentialism (focusing primarily on Being and Nothingness), and ending with a short section on Sarte's Marxism. The Glossary was greatly appreciated as was the Sources of Quoted Passages and Bibilography.

While I don't agree with half of what Sartre has to say, Donald Palmer's introductory presentation of Sartre's Philosophy is first rate, and thus I gave it 5-Stars.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
No Place to Begin But Here 18 Feb. 2000
By rareoopdvds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sartre for Beginners by Donald Palmer (whom wrote a few of the 'For Beginners' books) gives a fun look at the popularizer of existentialism. Drawing from Sartre's life experiences, biography and influences to show how Sartre came to his theories. An easy read, although one must still contemplate on some level the philosophies that are presented before them. A good beginning book for anyone who wants to learn more about Sarte and existentialism in general. A good addition to the For Beginners book series.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining introduction to Sartre 10 Aug. 1998
By jdunbar@data-tronics.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not only informative but also humorous. There are many things that Sartre brings attention to that I have experienced in my own life but never noticed very much. For instance, Sartre's concepts of "being-for-itself" and "being-in-itself." If you are interested in an introduction to Sartre and the philosophy of existentialism, this is a good book to begin with. The reason I don't give the book five stars is because some of the points were explained badly, and the book got a little dry towards the end.
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Sartre for Behinners recommend as an intro 27 Oct. 2012
By Dennis McMullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To understand the angst and dissociation of the 20th century it is necessary to understand existentialism, and along with Soren Kierkegaard, Sarte is one of the pillars of existentialism. As I've mentioned in other reviews I love the "For Beginners" series. These titles live up to the series name, they are written for the newbie. "Sarte For Beginners" does a fine job of guiding the reader through his life, his relationship with Simone De Beauvoir, his rebellion against God, and his intellectual development. I always find the graphics in this series interesting and humorous. If you need a quick, solid, intro to Sarte I would definitely start here.
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