Words

Front Cover
Penguin Books, Limited, Jul 1, 2000 - Authors, French - 157 pages
58 Reviews
After his father's early death Jean-Paul Sartre was brought up at his grandfather's home in a world even then eighty years out of date. In Words Sartre recalls growing up within the confines of French provincialism in the period before the First World War, an illusion-ridden childhood made bearable by his lively imagination and passion for reading and writing. A brilliant work of self-analysis, Words provides an essential background to the philosophy of one of the profoundest thinkers of the twentieth century.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
19
4 stars
19
3 stars
13
2 stars
6
1 star
1

The prose is perfect, beautiful and brilliant. - Goodreads
Reading is wonderful, Writing is abysmal. - Goodreads
... gives insights into our own childhoods. - Goodreads
... the key here: sartre is an awesome writer. - Goodreads
There are two parts: Reading and Writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Words

User 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 Words

User 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

About the author (2000)

Philosopher, novelist, playwright and polemicist, Jean-Paul Sartre is thought to have been the central figure in post-war European culture and political thinking. His most well-known works, all of which are published by Penguin, include THE AGE OF REASON, NAUSEA and IRON IN THE SOUL.

Bibliographic information