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War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phoney War 1939-40

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During the phony war that preceded the invasion of France, between late 1939 and the summer of 1940, the young Jean-Paul Sartre was stationed in his native Alsace as part of a meteorological unit. He used his considerable periods of spare time, between mundane duties like watching weather balloons, to make a series of notes on philosophy, literature, politics, history and ...more
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Published January 17th 2000 by Verso (first published January 1st 1983)
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Angelo
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Well, I read this book when I was only 14. What could I say...? Hard wouldn't even begin to unfold the real picture =)
John F
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What made Sartre "tick?" The diaries are interesting because Sartre was a smart fellow, but also stunningly self-centered, little or no ability, it appears, to see the world as others might see it. I will elaborate upon this later, but reading the diaries makes it clear how he was able to basically sit out the war writing, because in reality that is all he was capable of doing.
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"pullulation"
Michael
A nice little arrogant set of diaries.
Irwan
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading this book you can had an intimate glimpse in the working of a famous French philosopher. You can see how he philosophizes, drawing examples from daily lives or books that he reads and rereads continuously in between writing. You can feel his passions, his weaknesses, his set of values, his insecurities (e.g. how his perception of being ugly) until you realize how humane a "legendary" figure is.

Regarding the sets of values, I wonder whether those are the driving force, along with his lif
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Translator's Introduction
Brief chronology of Sartre's life up to the War
Editor's Foreword


--Notebook 3. November-December 1939 Brumath/Morsbronn
--Notebook 5. December 1939 Morsbronn
--Notebook 11. February 1940 Morsbronn/Paris/Bouxwiller
--Notebook 12. February 1940 Bouxwiller
--Notebook 14. March 1940 Bouxwiller/Brumath

Index
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just found this at work and i'm really excited about it. haven't brought it home yet but you'll be the first to know when i do.
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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