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Brilliant mind, brilliant writer, brilliant novel.,
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This review is from: The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
If you enjoy reading philosophical, metaphysical works of fiction you will love this book. As popular culture reduces everything to the lowest common denominator (violence, sex, profanity, instant gratification) and treats the reader or viewer as a moron with the attention span of a dog, Sartre does the opposite. Every sentence by every character is given equal serious interpretation by every other character. Every mood and motivation is analysed, every act is considered and reconsidered. Existentialism is everywhere. And the writing is sublime. The language is beautiful. I can't wait to read the next two novels in the trilogy.
Perhaps the only negative is that I concurrently read the excellent 'Tete a tete' about Sartre's life and his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. It is clear from reading this biography that the characters in the Roads to Freedom trilogy are almost exact replicas of Sartre's friends and lovers. And of course the pricipal character is a Professor of Philosophy! as was Sartre of course.
However this does not detract from what, in this modern age of vacuous nonsense, is a breath of fresh air from a high mountain of stratospheric genius.