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 - Carolyn Johle - Goodreads
i read it in english (because ain't nobody got time for that french) and even then, it was really jumbled and narcissistic. It's also Sartre, so... yeah. I didn't get a lot out of it other than he 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