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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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire = Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Reveries of the Solitary Walker (French: Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire) is an unfinished book by Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, written between 1776 and 1778. It was the last of a number of works composed toward the end of his life which were deeply autobiographical in nature. Previous elements in this group included The Confessions and Dialogues: Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques. The
Khashayar Mohammadi
A lovely and refreshing little read. The book is easy on the eyes and flows very smoothly. A book that captures Rousseau's daydreams while walking; rather therapeutic and even sometimes thought provoking. Its a light and refreshing read for philosophy lovers who want to cleanse their palate between long philosophical texts.
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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
"For a long time I put up a resistance as violent as it was fruitless."
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These hours of solitude and meditation are the only time of the day when I am completely myself, without distraction or hindrance, and when I can truly say that I am what nature intended me to be. (Second Walk)

For, although I am perhaps the only person in the world to whom destiny has decreed that he should live in this way, I cannot believe that I am the only person to have such a natural inclination for it, although I have so far not come across it in anyone else. (Fifth Walk)
All the
Debbie Robson
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
M. Sarki
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sıla J.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 for 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.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The tone of this book is strongly reminiscent of 'Memories from the underground'' by Dostoevsky. Misanthropic narcissism. Beautifully written, of course.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
he is the most obnoxious person who has ever lived
Sanket Hota
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if he didn't plan to publish it his writing is exceptionally good. The cadence of prose is intoxicating. These reveries are more like reflections of a sensitive sexagenarian.

Rousseau's assumptions about what others think about him is invariably brought up. He can become silly in proportion to the seriousness with which he defends his innocence. Topics fluctuate between his thoughts on loneliness, truth, virtue, botany etc. They have a common theme of nature vs civilization. Mostly they are
Tenth Walk
"I have spent seventy years on earth and I have lived for seven of them."

Rousseau was born 1712 and died 1778
Reveries was first published in 1782
Written in his final years and published posthumously.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Live footage of Rousseau at Neuchâtel

He gets no sympathy from me. Rousseau is irresponsible, egotistical, and delusional. He claims that the entire world hates him, but he never considers that he may actually be at fault. No, he’s poor, innocent Job, a victim of fate. Never mind that he abandoned all 5 of his children to a home for foundling children. Rousseau’s idea of freedom is liberation from all duty and responsibility. He says it himself. When he feels a duty to do something he would
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Rousseau was an odd person. I enjoyed these introspective essays he wrote near the end of his life, each one framed as a solitary "walk."

At times Rousseau comes across as an eighteenth-century edgelord, making a show of shunning the society that has shunned him. Sensing enemies everywhere and feeling betrayed/rejected/isolated, he claims to have resigned from worldly striving. Instead he embraces idleness. He strolls around, looks at flowers, and day-dreams about memories of day-dreaming. This
Don’t let anyone fool you. You can (and I say, should) die without reading this book. This was brutal, and it didn’t help that this translation was terrible - words that were clearly incorrect, weird spacing, etc.

I found the book’s concept - a division of 10 walks Rousseau took through Paris and his philosophical musings during those walks - to be quite interesting. Too bad that whoever wrote that description of the book likely didn’t read the book. There’s very little description or reference
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think in a previous life I was Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

"The conclusion I can draw from all these reflections is that I have never been truly fitted for social life, where there is nothing but irksome duty and obligation, and that my independent character has always made it impossible for me to submit to the constraints which must be accepted by anyone who wishes to live among men. As long as I act freely I am good and do nothing but good, but as soon as I feel the yoke of necessity or human
Well, this was... not what I expected. Lots of paranoid ramblings, lots of melodrama, and extremely long sentences. Just not something you need to read. Damn, the 1001-books-you-need-to-read-before-you-die challenge has some real stinkers in the list. Just who compiled it again?
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's important to have some knowledge (which I didn't have) of Rousseau's life and work prior to reading "Reveries"; at the least, the introduction shouldn't be skipped. It provides the context for the 9.5-ish walks, without which Rousseau would come off as whiny, smug, and a little arrogant.

That said, Rousseau comes off as whiny, smug, and a little arrogant in this book. It is certainly a shame that society shunned him for his writings - he had reason to complain. However, throughout the book,
Bob Nichols
Written just before he died, Rousseau’s reflections are mainly about those (“traitors,” “persecutors”) who failed to recognize the value of his writing or were critical of it; or toward those who criticized him personally or who made demands on his time or position. There’s a good sense of betrayal and self-pity in these “walks” along with a hefty dose of confession about failures.

The “reveries” word in the title doesn’t match the book’s mood. While Rousseau finds joys in this exile from
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Monty Milne
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first, there was something appealing about Rousseau's descriptions of his rural walks - I too know the daily pleasure of solitude, hidden in a rural retreat, closely contemplating every beautiful plant and flower in my sacred glade....but all too soon, the magic wears off with Monsieur Rousseau as an increasingly irritating companion. What is it that finally makes one turn away in boredom and disgust? Is it his whining, poor-me-everybody-hates-me self obsession, his dull philosophy, the ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flawless. While reading the book, I felt as though I was waling alongside Rousseau. It was particularly interesting because I, myself, am a solitary walker. I love going on walks by myself, which was why I bought this book. It was everything I expected it to be and more.

Rousseau pours out his thoughts and emotions on being outcast by society in a writing style that was such a pleasure to read. He also writes interesting anecdotes from his life, which was a good thing to have between lots of
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a spectacular book. I took it with me on all the show jumping competitions I was involved in for a period of 2 years. I had this pocket book with me for all those in between moments when the horses were in competition, waiting for them to come back to the stalls. The version I read was actually translated into English by a translator named Peter French. The language was lovely.
If you ever have the chance to read this book, the language and narrative is supreme!
Tamar Nagel
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Written in Rousseau's old age, this book presents the outcome of a lifetime of thought to the reader. A gem of a book, stunning in its scope, language, and effortlessness. The words roll off the page, rounded and starkly simplistic.
David Gross
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Should be retitled "Reveries of The Self-Pitying Paranoid With Delusions of Persecution." I made it to page 100 and gave up. It would have been better left unpublished for his biographers to selectively excerpt.
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