Jean-Paul Sartre's famous autobiography of his first ten years has been widely compared to Rousseau's Confessions. Written when he was fifty-nine years old, The Words is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting grandparents, he had a childhood which might be described as one long love affair with the printed word. Ultimately, this book explores and evaluates the whole use of books and language in human experience.
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Review: The WordsUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
This book is an awesome display of the deeply literary and 'religious'—religious in the sense of considering all the world and one's self to be profoundly significant and purposive in every part ... Read full review
Review: The WordsUser Review - Kyle - Goodreads
An interesting piece for those familiar with Sartre's works. Words is gentle, humorous, self-deprecating, and slightly boring. Read full review