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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
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May 15, 12

Read in May, 2012

Imagine waking one day and realizing that all all values and beliefs were just hollow lies. All we have is our own strange and kind of gross existence. That very unfortunate thing happens in this lumbering, self absorbed book to a lumbering, self absorbed narrator: Antoine Ronquetin. While at lunch with a friend, he writes: "He is going to tell me his troubles, now I remember he said something was wrong. I am all ears. I am only too glad to feel pity for other people's troubles. I have no troubles.... I have no wife, no children. I exist, that is all. All that trouble is so vague, so metaphysical that I am ashamed of it." (If only this dude were born in the '90s, he would fit right in.)

Monsieur Ronquetin, I have great sympathy for you... But I have more sympathy for myself for having read this book. I can only thank you most sincerely for making that humanist buffoon character turn out to be a dirty library-dwelling pedophile. That part made me laugh a lot.

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