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The struggle between Rousseau's yearning for solitude and his need for society is the central theme of the Reveries.

In the two years before his death in 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau composed the ten meditations of Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Combining philosophical argument with amusing anecdotes and lyrical desriptive passages, they record the great French writer's se

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Published February 28th 1980 by Penguin Classics (first published 1782)
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Eddie Watkins
Revery seems to have fallen out of favor nowadays. If it's not one of ten million authorities emphasizing the need for efficiency and planned action, or modern evolutionists of all sorts (in business, in fitness, in the arts) convincing us that if what we're doing isn't in the name of advancement and improvement then it's not worth doing, or just us telling ourselves that we must keep up with everything and everyone else and so have no time to swim around in our own selves; revery has become the...more
Jimmy
Well, this sounded really good from the description: slightly crazy Rousseau at the end of his life, walking, thinking, bitterness, misanthropy, etc.

However, in practice, it was like listening to that drunk guy at the bar telling you how everybody is against him, and how he really deserves better, and how he's really a great guy and that he's not really mad at these people (he calls them his 'persecuters')... no, in fact he's found peace. But he emphasizes those last points a little too pointedl...more
Jim
If you read his Confessions, which is one of the great autobiographies, possibly the greatest, you will learn that Jean-Jacques Rousseau felt himself persecuted by virtually everyone with whom he was associated. Even famous figures of the day such as Denis Diderot and the Scottish Philosopher David Hume were counted by Rousseau as his tormentors. Although, from my perspective, I am not qualified to pass judgment on the poor man (as he saw himself), I do feel that possibly he was a bit too tightl...more
Debbie Robson
Maybe I’m psychotic too but I really sympathised with Rousseau and the difficulties plaguing this marvellously intelligent man. Reading the Reveries it is so hard to believe that his “walks” were written over 200 years ago. Some may dismiss him as mad but for me I really think he was overly sensitive and suffered for a good part of his life from a persecution complex. He was also melodramatic, i.e.: “Everything is finished for me on this earth.”
This doesn’t prevent him from writing beautifully....more
Nick
You can see this book as the man looking at his life and seeking a peace with himself. Lots of people do. I'm a sod, though, so I just seen an endless whinge, a complaint lodged with the Almighty for the mistreatment the author has suffered at the hands of the Universe. The man had an appalling time of it - but when you read this book you can see why; I've never read anything so annoying, so self-commiserating, so self-obsessed. It makes you want to give him a hard time, and a lot of people did....more
M. Sarki
Sad ending to a life obsessed too much with what others thought of him, or perhaps his own obsession with fame and being loved. Hard to say. I wish he would have walked quietly off into the sunset for five years and then died. It would have said more than this work did.
Andrew
Jun 23, 2014 Andrew added it
Shelves: memoir
We all have our melodramatic moments. Rousseau seems to have nothing but. He wanders around the French countryside all "why does no one liiiiiike me? It's so looooonely at the top!" If he had been a teenager at the same time I was, he would have totally shopped at Hot Topic and I totally would have made fun of him (not to his face, I wasn't popular enough to merit that) for expressing the same curious blend of self-deprecation and narcissism that I felt at the same time, that really most teenage...more
Ahmad
قسمتی از متن عنوان یک کتاب: باز هم در این جهان تنها ماندم، نه برادری دارم نه قومی و نه دوستی که مرا بشناسد، یا از من یاد کند، در این اجتماع غیر خودم کسی را ندارم. مردی که محبوب همه کس بود، و افراد اجتماع را همانند خویش دوست می¬داشت، از همان اجتماع رانده شد. آنها در عالم کینه و حسد نقشه کشیدند، که چه نوع شکنجه در روح حساسم بیشتر اثر دارد، و به اتفاق آراء تمام، روابطی که مرا با دنیای خارج مربوط میساخت قطع نمودند. پایان نقل

عنوان یک: «خیالپروریهای تفرج¬گر انزواجو»، نویسنده: «ژان ژاک روسو»، مترجم: «ا...more
Rick
This book only gets three stars due to Rousseau's obvious talent. I cannot rate it any higher because I cannot stand what he represents. Rousseau is the root of modern day rationalizing, relativism and inflated self esteem. The most frustrating thing about reading this is that his sense of self worth and his paranoia has its roots in reality. He was truly both loved and hated in his time. Count me among those that would have been a hater. His justifications for his questionable acts, including a...more
Ken
Extra star for quotes like "The various periods of short-lived prosperity that I have enjoyed have left me with almost no agreeable memories of deep and lasting impressions: by contrast, in all the hardships of my life I was invariably full of affectionate, touching and delightful emotions which poured a healing balm over the wounds of my injured soul and seemed to change its pains into pleasures."

But mostly this is just the sort-of adorable ramblings of a paranoid, deluded old fool.
أحمد شاكر
أحلام يقظة جوال منفرد
(خواطر- سيرة ذاتية)
لـ جان جاك روسو (كاتب وفيلسوف من جنيف)
ترجمة: ثريا توفيق
طبعة: المجلس الأعلي للثقافة

هو عبارة عن 10 جولات، كتبها روسو ما بين (1776 و 1778)، وهي آخر ما كتب روسو الذي توفي في 2 يوليو 1778 .
كانت الظروف كلها مهيأة لإسعاد روسو إلا ظرفا واحدا: فقد كان يظن أنه محاطا بأعدائه، الذين يحيكون له المؤامرات. لهذا كتب ثلاثة كتب تتناول هجوم أصدقائه عليه ومؤامرات أعدائه وهي: (الاعترافات) و (الحوار) و (أحلام يقظة جوال منفرد).
كان روسو حساسا جدا. والانسان الحساس لا تترجم انفعالا...more
Beluosus
Il y a des livres dans mes étagères -- un petit nombre mais à peine inconsiderable -- dont j'ai un amour très particulier. Or j'ai lu ces livres au lycée ou à l'université pour le premier fois... et je les ai absolument haï ! Bien sûr, je ne les lisais pas en soi, mais en traduction, et à cause de ça je les ai repris lorsque j'ai pu les lire dans le texte original. Camus, Saint Augustin, Goethe...voilà quelques de mes écrivains favoris, lesquels j'ai autrefois méprisé. Traduction, j'accuse ! J'a...more
David

Daydreaming is one thing, writing is another indeed, being simply a faithful record of my solitary walks and reveries that occupy them, how could it be?
Not many of the walks are directly concerned with the walks around Paris thought they may record some of the thoughts that filled Rousseau head as he walked...

The forth walk... was the most highly structured of all , it poses a question and deals with its various ramifications in a methodical way answering possible objections giving examples and...more
Sıla Önder
My god, where do I even begin?
Firstly, I think it's wise to have a general knowledge of what happened between Rousseau and his "enemies" before blaming him of being such a pessimistic, jealous old man. He had every reason to believe that people out there were coming to get him, because they were actually coming to get him. He was loathed by philosophes for he believed that sentiment was more important than reason, and it was certainly unacceptable for the rest of the great thinkers of the age....more
Anna Gonçalez
One of the best books i have readEVER!
Bert
Aan het eind van zijn leven maakt Rousseau lange wandelingen, weg van de wereld die tegen hem samenspant, weg van het leven waarin geluk niet is wat het hoort te zijn, weg van de mens de natuur en het eigen verleden in. Rousseau wandelt doorheen herinneringen en keert terug naar de momenten waarop hij meende echt gelukkig te zijn, of toch dat gevoel te hebben ervaren. Op deze mijmerende uitstapjes overdenkt hij de vele bezigheden tijdens z'n geleefde leven. Hij valt zichzelf aan, die zich al te...more
Roger Burk
Rousseau is by turns insufferable, loony, and endearing. He wrote this collection of essays in old age, and it is kind of a coda to the Confessions. He still believes in his own unique purity and goodness: "I should have been the best and most merciful of men if I had been the most powerful" (p. 96); "my heart does not contain the seeds of any harmful passion" (p. 104). He is still clinically paranoid: all efforts to help him are evidence of malevolent conspiracies he cannot fathom. He believes...more
Lett'
Dans mon blog, http://litteraire-en-herbe.blogspot.c...

J'ai lu ce livre dans l'espoir de retrouver la belle écriture du livre Le sentiment de l'existence ou était présenté un extrait de ce livre. J'ai globalement apprécié le livre sous forme de témoignage et de plaıdoyer.

L'écriture de Rousseau a été une veritable découverte, puisque je ne m'attendais pas a une telle qualité. J'ai essayer de lire quelques passages a haute voix, et j'ai découvert la musicalité et l'ecriture semblable a une poésie....more
Michael Motta
I enjoyed this book for its setting up dilemmas of being sociable vs. alone, city life vs. country life, and love of self (natural, self-preservation, care of self) vs. self-love (socialized, self-consciousness at best, vanity or narcissism at worst). Also explored are various kinds of lying and telling the truth, as well as natural and healthy pleasures vs. perverse and contrived (sadistic) pleasures of opulence/class. There is some wonderfully bucolic prose at times.

Rousseau's discussion of w...more
Drenda
Especially if you have read other Rousseau and Rousseau literature, it is disconcerting to find yourself in the midst of the first Walk of the Reveries. He states many times that everyone, not just the enemies he made in Paris but the whole generation, is plotting against him. He is agitated and despairing. He is 'in the midst of the most miserable fate ever endured by a mortal'. And these are the last statements from Rousseau; he died writing the tenth Walk. The only consolation in confronting...more
Mel Bossa
Ce livre m'a fait énormément de bien et beaucoup réfléchir. J'irais jusqu'à dire que ce petit recueil de pensées et de philosophie pure pourrait devenir ma petite bible de tous les jours.
Il est certain que Rousseau s'est senti blessé dans le plus profond de son âme et rejeté aussi. Avait-il tort ou raison de croire que ses semblables l'avait abandonné et trahi...Hume, Diderot, etc...

Est-ce vraiment important? Non, pour moi, sa blessure et sa grande tristesse lui appartiennent et sont vraies. J'a...more
Varad
Begun in 1776 and left unfinished at his death two years later, the Reveries of the Solitary Walker is the last of Rousseau’s three autobiographical writings (the first two being the Confessions and the Dialogues, or Rousseau Judge of Jean-Jacques). Though often overlooked compared to the works which secured his immortal renown (the Second Discourse, the Social Contract, Emile, and Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse), the Reveries is worth reading not only for students of Rousseau but anyone interest...more
Lau
This is the last autobiographic essays from the three Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, a conclusion to his "Confessions" and "Rousseau juge de Jean-Jacques". Written shortly before his death and published later, it is a retrospection on his life that nears its end, a series of thoughts and anecdotes that would come to Rousseau's mind as if he were taking a walk alone.

I found the reading of this book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau a bit tedious. It does not have a linear thread, which makes it hard to get...more
Jared
OK. Supposedly this guy was a masterful writer with a poetic flair. The translation I read did not allow me to see this very well (not that it was terrible). As with all translations I am always more concerned with the content. And here is my analysis of Rousseau's final book. He is whiny. All he does is complain. And he does it the whole book! Honestly I am surprised I made it through. I made it through for two reasons. 1. It is short. 2. There were occasional spots where he would say something...more
Calyre
La jeunesse est le temps d'étudier la sagesse; la vieillesse est le temps de la pratiquer
L'expérience instruit toujours, je l'avoue; mais elle ne profite que
pour l'espace qu'on a devant soi. Est-il temps au moment qu'il faut mourir d'apprendre comment on aurait dû vivre?
Cassandre
Cher Rousseau, te voici donc "seul sur la terre, n'ayant plus de frère, de prochain, d'ami, de société que [toi-même]". Rien que ça... Je te plaindrais presque ! Malgré ces larmoyantes plaintes, qui constituent un leitmotiv de l'oeuvre, je ne parviens pas à t'en vouloir. Bon d'accord, au début, je t'avouerais que tu m'agaçais pas mal à pleurnicher sans cesse, avec ton style hyperbolique. Mais voilà, je n'ai pas réussi à t'en vouloir longtemps, car ton écriture est belle. Waw Rousseau, on dirait...more
Yousra
"Le bonheur est un état permanent qui ne semble pas fait ici-bas pour l'homme. Tout est sur la terre dans un flux continuel qui ne permet à rien d'y prendre une forme constante. Tout change autour de nous. Nous changeons nous-mêmes, & nul ne peut s'assurer qu'il aimera demain ce qu'il aime aujourd'hui. Ainsi tous nos projets de félicité pour cette vie sont des chimères. Profitons du contentement d'esprit quand il vient, gardons-nous de l’éloigner par notre faute, mais ne faisons pas des proj...more
Ninna Rigon
Rousseau me conquistou neste livro escrito com a riqueza de sua alma poética e de seu intelecto ímpar. O preferido da minha estante.
Ning
It's inspiring. I don't think I knew how to think and reflect on myself before I read it. I think I'll read it repeatedly in the future.
Bashayer ..
أتفق مع روسو في فلسفته وأحبها
خصوصا هذه الإقتباسات
إن الحياة ليست سوى سبات إن خلت من الحركة"

لو انني ظللت حرا, منسيا, منعزلا, _كما خلقت لأكون_ لما فعلت إلا خيرا, ذلك لأنه ليست بقلبي نواة لأى ميل للأذى."


ومادمت أتصرف في حرية فإنني خير لا أفعل إلا خيرا. ولكن ماأن أحس بالتسلط : تسلط الحاجة أو تسلط الناس, حتى أغدو متمرداأو بالأحرى, جموحا
.. وعندئذ أكون لا شيء. حين يكون لزاما علي أن أفعل مايناقض رغبتي فإنني لا أفعله البتة مهما يحدث,بل انني لا أفعل مايطابق رغبتي نفسها لأنني ضعيف."


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Jean-Jacques Rousseau remains an important figure in the history of philosophy, both because of his contributions to political philosophy and moral psychology and because of his influence on later thinkers. Rousseau's own view of philosophy and philosophers was firmly negative, seeing philosophers as the post-hoc rationalizers of self-interest, as apologists for various forms of tyranny, and as pl...more
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