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4.0 out of 5 stars Changes your perceptions of yourself, others and the world
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting.
After reading this novel I decided I'd read no other works by JPS. The writing is not bad, but it is a pretty uninteresting read anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Changes your perceptions of yourself, others and the world, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, intelligent piece from the great Sartre, 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting., 10 Jan 2014
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After reading this novel I decided I'd read no other works by JPS. The writing is not bad, but it is a pretty uninteresting read anyway.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What is nausea, 20 Aug 2007
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Nausea is Sartre's first novle ,Maybe also is the most successful novel because this novel contains all his later philosophy ideology .What is the nausea?It is a discomfortable feeling when Roquentin faces the chanciness and unknowability of the world ,Also the meaningless existent ,human dissimilation and absurd reality come into being nausea.When I read this book I feel gloomy and pressimistic,Campared with Camus's novel Nausea is more stream-of-consciousness,My view about the chanciness and unknowability of the world is very different with Roquentin,I think just the chanciness and unknowability of the world make our life more brilliant and beautiful .....
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