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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, intelligent piece from the great Sartre, 24 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Nausea (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
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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