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The Age of Reason

Well, I’ve just finished The Age of Reason by Jean Paul Sartre (I read it in Hebrew – it would be quite pointless to read the English translation, and I don’t speak French – something I hope to change in the next few years, BTW). Reading it was part of a project of, well, reading a lot of books. This month I’m reading French books. (before The Age of Reason I read The Stranger).

The problem of The Age of Reason is that once you’ve stopped reading it, it’s kinda difficult to start reading it again. Not exactly difficult, but… well, I just didn’t have any patience to do it. But once you’ve got over this problem, the book is actually really great. It sometimes features these quite boring monologues about freedom, that quite ruin the continuity of the book, and has almost nothing to do with the plot; but those monologues are quite rare.

Frankly, the style of Sartre’s writing (at least in this book) isn’t very notable; but the characters and their relationship are fairly interesting. But I’d prefer not to say anything about the book’s plot (mainly because I don’t have the patience to do so, but also because I don’t want to ruin it).

Well, that’s it for now; I can’t really think of anything else to say. I’d have probably written about each one of the characters and the relationships between them, but it’d be quite hard to do so in English (quite frankly, I’m not sure I’d have written a lot in Hebrew either; I’m not sure how to describe the characters this way or another).


Posted by on Mon, 07/Mar/2011 in Literature


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