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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
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Apr 06, 07

bookshelves: philosophy
Recommended for: Those with patience and interest in existentialism
Read in February, 2007

This was a tedious read, and though a short novel, it took me a couple of months on and off to get through it. Sartre sets out to illustrate/explore existentialism in the narrative form. I liked his similar attempt in the play "The Flies" better, as it had a lot more humor and story going on. If you liked Nadja by Andre Breton, you might be insane but you will probably like the writing style of this novel also. I sometimes wondered if the novel flows better or is more poetic in its native French. Nausea is worth reading if you are into 20th century western philosophy and/or Sartre and if you can hang in there for the juicy tidbits, phrases, and passages that make up an "aha!" light-bulb-going-off type of moment, of which there are a few. One of my favorites:

"I wanted the moments of my life to follow and order themselves like those of a life remembered. You might as well try and catch time by the tail."
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