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 - Greg - Goodreads
A memoir of Sartre's childhood about how he fell in love with reading and subsequently writing. Another book I wish I could give 3.5 stars too. The book is humorous in a dark way, and I'm not sure it ... Read full review
Review: The WordsUser Review - Courtney O. - Goodreads
I have an old, tattered copy of this book in the box of things I would grab in the event of a fire. Read full review