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The Age of Reason: Sebuah Novel (Les Chemins de la Liberté #1)

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The Age of Reason adalah novel pertama Sartre dalam seri Roads to Freedom-nya yang monumental itu, disusun tahun 1938 dan berkisah tentang Mathieu, seorang profesor filsafat dari Prancis yang terobsesi dengan gagasan tentang kebebasan.
Published by Jendela (first published January 1st 1945)
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May 28, 2013 Tej rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Age of Reason’ is all about existentialism. Fiction and philosophy inextricably and ‘entertainingly’ combined almost rendering it a page-turner. I had never previously come across the guile and craft of Sartre, the artist and only knew Sartre, the philosopher whose authoritative philosophical monologues were curt and declarative, sans the resplendence of an artistic canvas. The vivacity and vividness with which Sartre paints each one of his characters amidst their existential exigencies leaves ...more
This is an excellent novel about unpleasant people, with some unforgettable scenes. Here's one of the ones I liked most. Daniel, a strange character who has never managed to establish a normal connection with the world, has been hovering on the edge of suicide for some time. He's finally decided he's going to do it. But he can't just leave his three cats to starve to death, so he puts them in a wicker basket and takes them down to the river to drown them. The basket is too small, and he can hear ...more

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Nov 29, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سن الرشد ..... جان بول سارتر

الكتب لم توضع كي نؤمن بما تقوله، ولكن كي نتحرى فيها، لا يجب أن نتساءل أمام كتاب ماذا يقول، ولكن ماذا يريد أن يقول.

هذه الرواية لم تُخلق ليُكتب عنها، بل وُجدت لتٌقرأ وتُقرأ فقط لنعيش في أجواءها.
ملحمة من العلاقات الإنسانية شديدة التعقيد والتداخل تدور أحداثها في فترة فوضوية انعكستفوضويتها على شخوصها.
هي رواية عن الحب والرغبة والجبن، رواية عن الإنسان في كافة مراحل حياته.

روايةتشعر أمامها انها تتحدث عنك انت، لا غيرك.

رواية صعب تكتب عنها، أو تتحدث حتى عنها لانها ببساطة هي من تت
Stephanie A. Higa
Mar 24, 2008 Stephanie A. Higa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dialogue
Shelves: france
This is basically a soap opera with brains and direction, which is my favorite kind of book ever. The character development is EXTRAORDINARY. I recommend this book on that facet alone. I didn't read this as an exemplification of Sartre's philosophy, but rather as a study of the philosophy of the characters in the story. None of these people are truly likable, but they are all the more human because of that. Even the most agreeable people think disagreeable thoughts. This is something most of us ...more
Mar 14, 2007 melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this job one summer at a Dillard's department store. I worked in the linens section. Nobody shops for sheets in the summer, I guess, because I spent a lot of time doing absolutely nothing. My boyfriend used to write me letters and send me to work with them so that I would have something to read. Well that got old so one day when I was poking around the props (you know - how they set up the entire fancy-pants mock bedrooms?) I found a copy of this book on a table. So I parked myself on a st ...more
Soap opera with brains. Yes, I can agree with this. Caring about other people while watching their little lives and dramas is so much more fulfilling when they prove themselves to have complex despair behind their everyday actions. It never ends, really. The constant proving to oneself that this life is worthwhile, that the hopes of the past and the dreams of the future won't go to waste. Mathieu keeps to his belief of freedom, to be capable of anything, no matter what constraints have been laid ...more
Keinwyn Shuttleworth
I found this book on a much neglected dusty shelf in a back-alley-esque section of my local library and decided to take it home with me. I had never read anything written by Jean-Paul Sartre before (purely due to Sartre's intimidating reputation) but something about The Age Of Reason demanded to be read. Needless to say, I soon found myself swimming in the erratic seas of Mathieu Delarue's chaotic existence, completely in awe of Sartre's understanding of human impetus.

We meet Mathieu, a philoso
Jan 05, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first part of his Freedom series should be required reading for any existentialist approaching his mid-30s without any aspirations of marrying or falling in line. Mathieu, a French philosophy professor, spends most of the novel trying to borrow money so he can pay for his mistresses' abortion. His friends are a sorted bunch who attempt to take away his only goal: ultimate freedom.

Some literary experts say the protagonist must transform by the end. But what makes this book so great is that
“I have led a toothless life … a toothless life. I have never bitten into anything. I was waiting. I was reserving myself for later on – and I have just noticed that my teeth have gone.”

Reading The Age of Reason felt like navigating the dark recesses of my subconscious and coming face-to-face with my innermost anxieties. If that sounds awful, that’s because it kind of was. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book on such a low note. I also don’t think I’ve ever finished a book feeling so understo
Greg Deane
Jul 25, 2013 Greg Deane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean-Paul Sartre’s three volume work, “Les Chemins de la liberté” (The Roads to Freedom), may be one of the earliest literary endeavours featuring an existentialist hero, through whom Sartre explores the problems that modern man encounters as individuals came to terms with the onus implicit in freedom and decision. The first book, “L'âge de raison” (The Age of Reason), introduces Mathieu Delarue, based on Sartre himself. He is a recluse with few friends and little money, confronted with the choi ...more
May 21, 2015 d. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"ponavljao je u sebi zevajući: tačno je, ipak je tačno: nalazim se u zrelom dobu."

matje, boris, danijel, marsela, ivish, lola su lichnosti na chijim ispreplitanim egzistencijama se zasniva ovaj blago filozofichni roman. poredjala sam ih po lichnom nahodjenju-dopadanju; mushki karakteri se bore za prevlast prvog mesta poshto mi se emocije bude i nadilaze jedna drugu dok razmishljam o svakom ponaosob, chudno je bih mogla napraviti definitivan izbor..matje je prvi samo zato shto je ovo njego
Jun 02, 2013 Sérgio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prosa
Comprei esta velha edição de bolso francesa numa feira de antiguidades por 1 e estava longe de esperar algo tão marcante.

Numa Paris em que a tensão pré-2ª Guerra Mundial é algo palpável seguimos a vida de algumas personagens, sendo a principal Mathieu, um professor de 34 anos que tenta levar à prática um ideal de vida de liberdade sem compromissos (tanto emocionais como a ideologias particulares). Quando a sua amante engravida, ele vê-se perante um dilema sem respostas fáceis.

Para mim o enredo d
I was expecting this to be 'difficult' but it wasn't and I really enjoyed it. To see my review please visit
Jun 13, 2015 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
I'd never read Sartre before and was expecting a difficult read. Whilst I probably didn't pick up on all the philosophical themes I did thoroughly enjoy this tale of fairly unlikeable people and their relationships with each other. There's little fun to be had with this novel but it does convey a remarkable depth of characterisation, nobody comes out of it very well and indeed none of the cast seem particularly enamored with each other.

It all takes place over a very brief period of time just be
David Sarkies
Jan 23, 2014 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Existentialists & Modernists
Recommended to David by: A Baptist Church (Well, not really, but they called him a heretic, which made me want to read him)
Shelves: modernist
The Essence of Freedom
25 November 2013

This is probably one of the first Satre books that I have read, and while I am not tearing through the bookshops (and libraries) looking for more of his work, I must say that it was a interesting read. I guess there are a couple of reasons it took me so long to get to Satre and one of them would be that since a lot of my friends were either Christians (or basically didn't read) then all I would hear is how evil and bad Satre is, and that by reading Satre yo
Jul 14, 2008 Cody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Nausea by Sartre while in college and really go into Existentialism and novels based on Existential themes. After Nausea (which is great!) I had only read a few essays and some short stories by Sartre. Now, a few years later, I wanted to get back into Sartre and I thought I would start by reading his Freedom trilogy. I began with The Age of reason, a story about a man dealing with the inevitability of becoming middle-aged and possibly becoming a father. The catch is...he is neither ready ...more
Manasvi mudgal
The book would have been much better had Hemingway written it. The setting, the characters are all there, and in the end it's just too much naval gazing. I'd summarize the difference as follows:

In a similar setting Hemingway's characters while knowing life is shit, would drink and stay miserable while having mighty grand fun, and so would the reader. There would be fishing, whining, drinking, smoking, more fishing, more whining and so on.
They'd be like "fuck it man, let's drink and chill and wh
Jan 13, 2010 Natali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't call this novel beautiful because the characters are so tedious, but the story is strangely captivating. It reminded me why we should all tame our runaway thoughts. If, as this book and existentialist theory would have us believe, the most profound philosophical condition revolves around individual thought, then our philosophical condition can be so silly. Superfluous even. Jean-Paul Sarte writes about really capable people who are fundamentally insecure, petulant, and selfish. They r ...more
Michael A.
As part of a recent trip to Paris, I thought it would be a good idea to re-read the first of the Sartre's Roads to Freedom trilogy, works that I found deeply meaningful when I first read them as a college student in the 1970s. I was disappointed to find that the book was just okay. This time around, I found the characters' self-absorption, their frequent mutual hostility and their constant agonizing about the nature of individual freedom to be mostly tiresome and narcissistic, certainly not insp ...more
Maurício Marcondes
Mathieu é alguém – nesse caso, talvez pensasse ser “mais do que alguém” por ser um filósofo com algum renome – que vive o mundo ao seu redor de maneira essencialmente contemplativa. Que não se duvide de seu compromisso com a verdade: Mathieu está sempre disposto a refletir sobre suas ações e princípios, de maneira a encontrar o caminho que o leve a decisão certa e, portanto, verdadeira. O faz, no entanto, sentado em seu “sofá corruptor” até que circunstâncias externas ao seu sistema filosófico d ...more
Alyssa Mitchell
One of my favorites. However, I only appreciated it once I reached a certain level of maturity. It dives into the deeper consciousness of each character underneath the basic thoughts. It makes you realize how insecure and all over the place all of humanity really is. The message I get from this book is "Miserable? You are not alone."
Apr 16, 2015 Ninni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A middle-classed white man finds life difficult, because annoying unattractive women either don't fall in love with him, or fall in love too easily, or just go and get pregnant as soon as you fuck them. Life is so damn unfair because one can't just do whatever one likes without consequences. Oh, and life beyond 30 is pointless.
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
I must be free. I must be self impelled, and able to say: I am because I will, I am my own beginning. These are not just empty pompous words. It's what most of Satre's characters dream of in this book.

They want to be freed from the world, without ties or kin or origins. They want to achieve salvation. They want no allegiance, they want to be nothing.

The question is, what is freedom? Freedom consists in frankly confronting situations which one has deliberately entered, and accepting all ones re
Gary Blyth
Mar 10, 2016 Gary Blyth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the period of two days in the lives of Mathieu and his social circle, Sartre has masterfully conveyed the atmosphere of the time (1938 Paris) as well as allowing us to understand real life and real thoughts in a fashion that is timeless. It is genius how he can disseminate a simple conversation and convey it as he does: exactly how we converse complete with our inner worries, anxieties and embellishments. The setting is merely a way to facilitate an exposition of the human condition and to ...more
Onyango Makagutu
Sep 14, 2013 Onyango Makagutu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I loved the book
Tom Mcmillan
May 01, 2016 Tom Mcmillan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Age of Reason is part of a three-book trilogy written by Sartre called the Roads to Freedom trilogy. The second and third books in the trilogy are The Reprieve and Troubled Sleep. The Reprieve focused on the 8 days leading up to what turned out to be the fateful Munich Pact which basically enabled the Third Reich to move forward and take over Czechoslovakia shortly after. Troubled Sleep is set during the war itself. It is noteworthy that Sartre himself was taken prisoner by the Nazi occupati ...more
Andrea Mazuelos
Jan 28, 2016 Andrea Mazuelos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando decidí leer este libro, lo hice motivada por una curiosidad respecto al titulo, además, de saber que era de Sartre. No me tomé el tiempo de investigar más allá de eso y me fui sorprendiendo gratamente con cada página. Ahí les va mi breve reseña:
La edad de la razón es el primer libro de una trilogía llamada Los caminos de la libertad. Esta historia se ambienta en París de 1939, a unos meses previos a la 2GM; y todo sucede en tres días aproximadamente. El protagonista es Mateo, un profesor
Jake Ross
Feb 08, 2015 Jake Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satre's ability to invoke such probing life questions through such elegant and intellectual means almost discourages my own pursuit of true intellectualism, fortunately it's an 'almost'. The characters, the alluring Persian atmosphere and the lack of humility throughout combined to create a novel I could easily find refuge in, even whilst waiting several hours for my third consecutive motorcycle breakdown in rural vietnam, a testament to Satre's literary talent.

Unfortunately my next to read is
Feb 28, 2013 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novel
The BBC’s famous production of ‘Roads to Freedom’ , broadcast in 1970 was a seminal experience for a whole generation of Brits who were marked by the events of May 1968 and the prospect of a late 20th century dominated by the intellectual insights of the Mediterranean and Latin world, and the displacement of hegemony of the Anglo-Saxon.

I was one of them. In those days it felt like the world was in revolt and the only decent thing to do was join the revolution. The French had thrown their bourgeo
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

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“She smiled and said with an ecstatic air: "It shines like a little diamond",
"What does?"
"This moment. It is round, it hangs in empty space like a little diamond; I am eternal.”
“The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.” 68 likes
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