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 - Maxim - Goodreads
It's really a good description of the writer's childhood by himself. Should be read again... 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