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In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the world of modern civilization. In trying to explain who he was and how he cam...more
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Published July 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1782)
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Rakhi Dalal

As is true about classics, they are not only a very authentic expression of the author’s views and ideas, but also by large, present a mirror for the world we live in. This is one reason why it is difficult to review them. For, it calls not only an undivided attention towards the ideas expressed and opinions raised, but also for a deep introspection; a meditation on the relevance of ideas presented, their importance on the working of society and their necessity in the wake of everyday life.

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mai ahmd


لماذا لا توجد نجمة سادسة

نعم هذا الكتاب يستحق .. أنا على ثقة إن عشاق الفلسفة لن يروق لهم هذا الكتاب لكن محبي الأدب والشعر والكلمة الرقيقة سيأخذ منهم كل مأخذ ..
يكتب روسو اعترافاته بأسلوب إنساني بالغ الرهافة ممتلىء بالمشاعر النبيلة والصادقة والإيحاءات العاطفية يعرج على كل أخطاءه المؤسفة والبغيضة يصدح بها علانية دون أن يتحرج منها أو يخجل منها ..
هذه الجرأة المحببة بلا شك تشعرك كم هذا الإنسان هو حقيقي وصادق ونبيل ..
ومن يقرأ لروسو هذه الكمية من الإعترافات يدرك كيف أن كل تلك الأحداث التي
مرت في حياته...more
David Lentz
This book is a revelation as it seemed to me a portrait, or perhaps a mask, of the heightened sensibilities of the interior monologue of a genius. "Since my name is certain to live on among men, I do not want the reputation it transmits to be a false one." Indeed, his honesty is remarkable as he writes about the abandonment of his children, his relationship with lovers and his intimate proclivities. Rousseau's life was a fascinating study of an extraordinary and innovative mind. He dined "someti...more
Alex
Jul 07, 2007 Alex is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Augustine's, better than Usher's.
Jennifer Uhlich
This was hard work.

Until now my Rousseau experience had been from general philosophy classes, reading the Social Contract and the Discourse on Inequality; later I read bits of Emile and the New Heloise.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this certainly wasn't it. This is the best and worst of memoir, all at once: chock full of interesting details about one of the greater minds of the Enlightenment . . . and some pretty repugnant self-indulgent whining, as well as painting an overall portrait...more
Rana rashwany
حقاً إنها لتجربة مميزة أن تصحب مفكراً عبقرياً وأديباً فذاً كجان جاك روسو في رحلة حياته , فتتعرف الظروف التي صنعت عبقريته وتستخلص العبر من تجربته الحياتية, لا سيما وأنه قد اعتزم ألا يخفي عنك أي جانب من جوانبها ويطلعك على تقلبات أفكاره وعواطفه ويفضي لك بكل اسراره .
يحكي روسو في هذه الاعترافات قصة روحه الحساسة التي قست عليها الحياة فمن التشرد والضياع في دروب البحث عن الذات الى غدر و تآمر الاصدقاء , وبفضل اسلوبه البارع في ايصال المشاعر ورقة روحه ورهافة الحس لديه فإنك لتشعر بعد الانتهاء من قراءته بنبض...more
Khalaf Alshammari
الشعور بعد الانتهاء من قراءة هذا الكتاب غريب نوعا ما..
تأسرك رهافة حس المؤلف ورومانسيته التي لا تكاد تصدق، ويذهلك صدق بوحه.. تنكر عليه بعض مواقفه ومبادئه، ولكنك لا تملك إلا أن تحترم جرأته وإظهاره لنفسه كما هي.. لا كما يحب أن تراها.
اعترافات صادقة.. مرهقة ومفصلة تارة، وممتئعة وسلسة غالبا.
La pointe de la sauce
M. Jean Jacque spends an enormous amount of time name dropping this Monsieur or that Madame where he's dined and so on, giving advice no one wants to hear and apparently rendering services so great that he can, in all humility, claim to have saved the lives and family of such and such a person! All his friends hate him, he flees his adopted country for creating 'public disorder' in the form of his 'Social Contract' and manages to offend pretty much everyone. Jean-Jacque displays an incredible in...more
Frankie
Dostoevsky mentioned this autobiography as an influence to his A Writer's Diary, particularly praising Rousseau for his unflinching relation of every sordid detail of his personal life. I think Dostoevsky was most awed by the indiscreet content of Confessions and surprised that it passed the censors in most countries, while Dostoevsky struggled with censorship constantly. There are surprising passages about homosexuality, masturbation, sexually-transmitted diseases – almost humorous when couched...more
Jill
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Ben
Rosseau's thoughts on happiness struck me as especially true. I can't remember exactly how it was worded, but he had realized that the happiest times in his life was when he was dreaming. Man is always reaching for something, but never really wants to achieve the goal-like chess, the joy is in the process not the final end. The joy a man gets from the whole process of achievement is the greatest when he dreams of what will be. He paints an ideological picture in his head of how things will be, g...more
Marc-André Chénier
Quel excellent livre ! L'écriture y est de la plus douce volupté et j'ai pris un grand plaisir à la parcourir. Plus qu'un portrait, Rousseau, sachant bien que certains le déchireront, se donne ici tout entier aux lecteurs. J'avais beaucoup ouï dire de l'auteur avant d'entamer la lecture de ces confessions. Je le savais sujet à des atteintes de paranoïa exacerbées par sa sensibilité. Comme de fait, la seconde et dernière partie de l'oeuvre est parsemée d'un vaste complot visant à l'ostraciser. Po...more
Lona

استمتعت جداًبقراءة الكتاب ولكم أحسست بالشفقه

على جان جاك روسو لأنه غير محظوظ أبداً بعلاقاتة مع

الناس، لست أفهم لماذا كاتب بثقله، الذي تعتبر

كتاباته ملهمه للثورة الفرنسية لا يملك الخبرة

في تكوين علاقات ناجحه أو المقدرة في تكوين

رأي/حكم على الأشخاص.. ..أنصح بشدة الجميع

وخصوصا محبي السير الذاتية بقراءة الكتاب

الذي "أعتقد" مما قرأت أن روسو كان فيه حيادي

بشكل كبير في عرض ما له وما عليه

Morteza
Jun 05, 2008 Morteza is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
واقعا غوغا می کنه! شاید هم من؟! هر چیزی رو که میگه واقعا واسم قابل فهمه! با اینکه سه چهار قرن از زندگیش میگذره ولی خیلی قابل فهمه. دفتر اول، صفحه ی اولش واقعا زیباست! منو که اشکمو درآورد، هر چند هنوز کامل تمومش نکردم ولی تا اینجا که حرف نداشت، این فقط یه کتاب نیست
Richard
Amazingly, Rousseau's fetish for being spanked and exposing himself in alleyways are not the most intriguing things in this book.
Belmont
I can't stand this guy. self-centered, egotistical wanker
Roger Burk
This is an important book, and much of it is fun and even fascinating to read, especially the First Part, before he departs for Paris and fame. Let's start by giving Rousseau his due. He indeed lays bare his soul with preternatural honesty. Every youthful folly, sexual experiment, ridiculous crush, infatuation, extravagance, missed opportunity, and betrayal is told directly and openly. Maybe we all do some really cringe-inducing things when young, but I think Jean-Jacques was going for a record....more
H
The first half of this book is so charming, and I find myself liking the young Rousseau even as I cringe at his bumbling timidness and unfocused idiocy. He has a way with capturing memories, people's essences in their habits, and the beauty of places. There are passages from the first half of the book that rank as among the most charming descriptions I have ever read. But the second half of this book is intolerable, barely worth skimming through. Rousseau says it best himself: "I was a man so qu...more
Erik Graff
Sep 16, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
There's much of importance that I've yet to read. Rousseau's Confessions was something I'd been aware of since high school, but since then I'd only read his Social Contract and part of Emile. Now, with much time available since losing a career and marriage, I had the time to do it.

Confessions was both better and worse than expected. Better, for the first sections about Rousseau's early life, so filled with idealism and so frankly exposed. I could understand how he was at once both a revelation a...more
Éclat-de-lumière
That was long!!!!!!!!! Rousseau se fait une jolie petite ode à lui-même, même si’il a tenté (vainement) d'être le plus objectif possible. De toute manière, on ne peut jamais être 100% objectif quand on parle de soi. En d’autres mots, il tourne toutes les anecdotes, les faits pour le mettre en valeur. De plus, on s'y perd avec les milliers de personnages qui apparaissent, disparaissent. Lesquels sont importants, lesquels ne le sont pas, tout ça, c'est assez ambigu, de même que sa relation avec ce...more
Jeff
Compelling account of an impressive man who was inspiring, brilliant, petty, and obnoxious.

His bust up in England with Hume makes me think his philosophy arose in part from a complete inability to function socially. His cultured wildness has a James Dean quality to it.

The original East Coast/West Coast rivalry with Rousseau and Voltaire.
Rousseau up, Voltaire down, homies.

I feel like the 20th century was something of a condemnation of his ideas about governance. His worker led, state religion par...more
Arya
داستان اعترافات ژاک ژاک روسو
کوچکترین باهات زندگی اش را نوشته و به خاطر همین در مقدمه کتاب مدعی شده که این کناب نامه اعمال من است و اگر آخرتی وجود داشته باشد خداون برای سنجش من همین کتاب را قرار می دهد.
چیزی که برای من جلب نظر کرد این بود مردی معروف و مشهور در زمان حیات خود دست به چنین اعترافاتی زده.
به عنوان مثال تصور کنید افراد معروف معاصر مانند استاد شجریان یا استاد فرشچیان بیاید کتابی تحت عنوان اعترافات بنویسد و از نوشتن شیطنت های جوانی و خیانت به همسر و همه چیز زندگی اش بنویسد.
بسیار جالب و خوا...more
Jay
A very good account of Rousseau's life, but it becomes a little tedious at the end when he obsesses about justifying to the reader why the Paris gossip about him is full of lies and treachery. There are some great passages though, including small pieces of philosophy that are beautifully expressed.

There is also a great line when he gives one answer to the question about why he feels the need to write the book. He says that he knows his story will be told by others after him, so he feels compell...more
Fruity_spikey69
Rousseau a l'honnêteté de dire ses défauts : sa paresse, sa médiocrité, son indolence. Ses rêveries, ses lubies, ses démonstrations de paranoïa permettent d'établir un portrait saisissant de réalité dans un univers d'aristocrates dévoués au Roi dans un Ancien Régime qui ne s'est pas encore étiolé mais qui le sera bientôt. Les Confessions de Jean-Jacques Rousseau sont consternantes, pathétiques parfois même très drôles, elles participent à réunir des informations sur un personnage critique et cri...more
حسين العُمري
ليست مجرد سيرة ذاتية بل اعترافات بكل ما تعنية الكلمة ،، في هذا الكتاب وبلغة أدبية عالية المستوى و بشفافية بالغة يحكي الفيلسوف والأديب و الموسيقي أحياناً جان جاك روسو مسيرة حياته وكثيراً من تفاصيلها و رؤيته للحياة و المجتمع والطبيعة والحب ،، روسو في هذا الكتاب وضع نفسه بين يدي القاريء وكثيراً ما يترك له الحكم بل والدهشة ،، كتاب ممتع ورحلة طويلة مع روسو في تقلباته و أفكاره وعواطفه
Deanne
About 75% of the way through and wonder if Rousseau was paranoid or if there really was a plot to discredit him within society.
Interesting either way to get an idea of what was going on in Rousseau's head, and to gain insight into the behaviour and culture of French society.
Fire-fish
I can not believe that he lived a long time ago. There is no difference between the way humans used to think and feel and how they think and feel. Except that there were no plains and internet.
Alan
The profound insight of a Freud a century before: Rousseau didn't mind being whipped by his nurse, a female, though he hated it from a man.
Mo
Wow! I absolutely get why this was such an important book, but Holy Cow did it take a lot of time and energy!
Kay Cochran
He's a cad, and it shows, but is Jean-Jacques a truthful cad? This departure to the diary-like storyteller sets up as a potential soliloquy Catholic confessional box on a slow Wednesday. It's bend on continuous and 'factual' information about the author depicts the personal perception of a man.
Or what a man wishes to cop to.

Like all books, Confessions is engineered with the concept of expressing some inner need. Rousseau's end is no different.

If you enjoy the twists of classic western world li...more
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