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 - Andrew Olsen - Goodreads
Like Nausea, The Words gives life to it's title from the playful beginning, to the end, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote himself as a story book character in his own life. Because the beginning of his life was ... Read full review
Review: The WordsUser Review - Horia Bura - Goodreads
It's funny that I finished reading this book exactly on Sartre's 109th anniversary. Funny because I didn't like "The Words" better than "Nausea" and I understand this coincidence as a sign that I ... Read full review