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 - Chiara - Goodreads
I personally love Sartre so for me this was an extremely enjoyable read, though I did read it in spanish so I don't know what the english translation is like. Divided into two parts, the first talks ... Read full review
Review: The WordsUser Review - Daniel Younger - Goodreads
I don't know what I was expecting from Sartre, but his chronicles of deciding to be a writer, living in a fantasy world, the anxiety to mean something, it was all very reassuring as a scribe ... Read full review