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The Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 29 Jan 1970

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (29 Jan. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140018239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140018233
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philosopher, novelist, playwright and polemicist, Jean-Paul Sartre is thought to have been the central figure in post-war European culture and political thinking. His most well-known works, all of which are published by Penguin, include THE AGE OF REASON, NAUSEA and IRON IN THE SOUL. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 May 2011
Format: Paperback
A few months ago I was standing in the Post Office line, right here in Albuquerque, and there was an "elderly" lady behind me, talking to another, about her recent trip to the Czech Republic. The conversation revealed that she had a bit of an "edge" to her. On her trip, which was apparently a trip "home," she had explained to the Czech officials that although born and raised there, she did not speak any Czech, she spoke only German and English. I turn and looked at her, and I did know who she was: a Sudeten German. And their expulsion after World War II eventually led this woman to what we tend to call the Land of Enchantment. No doubt, another story.

I first read Sartre's trilogy, "Roads to Freedom" some 40 years ago. This is the middle volume, preceded by The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics) and followed by Troubled Sleep (Chemins de la Liberte = The Roads To Freedom) The entire novel concerns events in the lives of about 30 individuals, almost all of whom are French, during one week at the end of September, 1938. It was the week that Europe mobilized for war. The issue: the woman in the Post Office, and around 3 million of her compatriots, the Sudeten Germans. Sartre places the supporting arguments in the mouth of Jacques, brother of Mathieu. Democracy, self-determination, plebiscites. Arrogant Czech officials are oppressing the Sudetens. Why shouldn't they have the right to join the Reich if they want to? And didn't Hitler promise that this was "his last territorial demand in Europe"?
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George Owers on 21 April 2003
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The Reprieve is a stunning, dazzling novel; Sartre's most powerful, yet subtle and complex. In a few hundred pages, many stories are told in such depth and with such tender feeling as to distinguish the novel alone, but at the same time the narrative offers so much more, both philosophically and literarily.
It is written in fluctuating, unique prose, different scenes cobbled artistically and aptly into single sentences, the prose vacillating between many diverse scenarios, settings and characters, providing a quite awe-inspiring juxtaposition of ideas and concepts. Each facet, melded by Sartre's unceasing genius, works in union whilst simultaneously amazing one on its own.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By demola on 16 May 2012
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This third book in Sartre's trilogy documents several interlocking lives in and around WWII and explores a central theme in existentialism: what kind of decisions can we make as free individuals? Do you act or just sit back, passive."Ultimately a man is born for war or peace". That scares me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Covering a week in september (23-30) 1938 the novel concerns the Sudetan crisis. Everywhere people brace themselves for the inevitable war. Tensions increase when a general mobilization is called then comes news of a last ditch attempt for resolution-the infamous Munich conference. A nation celebrates a phoney peace....
The second book in Sartres 'Roads to Freedom' trilogy is an absolute masterpiece. I had no hesitation rating the first part ('Age of Reason')as 5 star stuff. 'The Reprieve' is infinitely better-and that doesn't take anything away from 'Age of Reason'.
Sartre weaves in the characters we encountered in the first book with historical figures and completely captures the tension and stress of that time. He captures the various political slants, each person is trapped by the bigger fate of world politics; each reacts differently from the upper class Phillipe who believes he is at one with the proletariat and opposes war as a pacifist, to the communists happily going to war and the bourgeoise apologists. It is superb.
This book also scores heavily on a literary front. It is lyrical, profound, enlightening and-maybe most important-gripping.It completely absorbs. Sartre uses the 'streams of conciousness' style -ie the 'James Joyce' school of writing and pulls it off with bags to spare. I've always felt that a lot of writers inspired by Joyce ended up being a lot better at being James Joyce than James Joyce was! Sartre is certainly that. If Joyces work were the Sistine Chapels foundations, Hemingway Faulkner and Sartre are the ceiling and frescos!
The style may perplex to start with as you are confronted with different people places and plots in unbroken paragraphs, but this so wonderfully gives the feeling of time-things happening at a specific time-Hitler says something whilst someone else has a drink-and each story line is so vivid the book just mesmerizes.
Sartre opposed appeasement;that inertia leads to loss of liberty and freedom and he gets his ideas accross magnificently.
Such wonderful work will always lead to the riddle that is Sartre;his political leanings; his support of dubious regimes and causes -particularily communism (a nice idea in theory;just a disaster in practice!)- that seem at odds with his writings. But nothing should detract from this superb book or the 'Roads to..' trilogy. Breathtaking stuff.
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