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No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre
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Sep 07, 11

Read from July 19 to September 07, 2011

This book contains four of Sartre's plays : "No Exit," "The Flies," "Dirty Hands," and "The Respectful Prostitute." All four plays are excellent, "No Exit" being the most famous and probably the best of them all. They might as well be called the "plays of ironies." "No Exit" is Sartre's portrayal of hell - we torment ourselves by seeking meanings in the wrong things, esp. things we can't get. "The Flies" is a reworking of the Eletra-Orestes story, but here, Sartre highlights the irony of getting something you always thought you wanted and realizing that you never really wanted it. "Dirty Hands" is a young intellectual torn between idealism and pragmatism in the realm of loyalty: At the end of the day, do we stand for principles or for men? "The Respectful Prostitute" is a criticism of American racism (written in the 40s) that highlights the question of maintaining one's dignity in a society that doesn't let you keep it. Overall, an excellent read, and all are pretty fast-paced, except for "The Flies."
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07/19/2011 page 30
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07/21/2011 page 72
26.0% "Just finished "No Exit" - a brilliant play. Powerful imagination on Sartre's part. It contains the famous line: "Hell is other people!""
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