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This review is from: Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
`The true nature of the present revealed itself: it was that which exists, and all that was not present did not exist. The past did not exist.`
It was when I read these lines that I suddenly found myself really relaxing into this book - a little late perhaps, at the half way point - but I have been paying attention and I am beginning to think that this genre of literature is the one I actually like, or which I find most educational - enlightening is perhaps a better word! - I have been genre hopping for some time now.
This book explores the daily life, in the form of a diary, of a writer and reveals his struggle in trying to find sense in existence. Thought provoking and imaginative. Of course! This is the very essence of this kind of work. How to make sense of this collection of atoms - ie us, and the environment in which we exist.
At times, Sartre writes in a markedly Surrealist style and I found images of Dali appearing in my mind. Consequently, this book may not appeal to those looking for a more conventional, `safe` view of the world. There is a thread of torment woven in to the narrative, but the writer reveals how the very act of writing provides a certain relief, if not a cure for the Nausea.