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{Download Kindle} ç Words ò 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his father s early death Jean Paul Sartre was brought up at his grandfather s home in a world even then eighty years out of date In Words Sartre recalls growing up within the confines of French provincialism in the period before the First World War, an illusion ridden childhood made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 I could forget my provincial loneliness in the composition of poems or in translating Horace into blank verse 99 This biography is a literary biography in the every sense of the word Sartre flits from lonely windbag with borderline delusions of grandeur, to an inward facing intellectual self analysing his obsession with his mother Sartre spent a life in books and appears to have had messianic visions from a very young age, something which appears often in young geniuses, yet his knowledge o I could forget my provincial loneliness in the composition of poems or in translating Horace into blank verse 99 This biography is a literary biography in the every sense of the word Sartre flits from lonely windbag with borderline delusions of grandeur, to an inward facing intellectual self analysing his obsession with his mother Sartre spent a life in books and appears to have had messianic visions from a very young age, something which appears often in young geniuses, yet his knowledge of this doesn t help him become totally self aware One is left wondering how serious Sartre actually is Sartre was at the outset of his career, as well as at its end a man without hope Like so many socially minded intellectuals of a practical cast in mid century, Jean Paul Sartre leaned seriously toward socialism, Marxism and even, briefly, communism But practical people refuse not to act And Sartre had few illusions, which made practical action for a better world imperative And the inevitable disillusionment followedThat is why Les Mots, The Words, seems so sad to us now Disillusioned Sartre was at the outset of his career, as well as at its end a man without hope Like so many socially minded intellectuals of a practical cast in mid century, Jean Paul Sartre leaned seriously toward socialism, Marxism and even, briefly, communism But practical people refuse not to act And Sartre had few illusions, which made practical action for a better world imperative And the inevitable disillusionment followedThat is why Les Mots, The Words, seems so sad to us now Disillusioned and prematurely aged by the beginnings of a long series of strokes, Sartre could no longer act confidently or decisively And without hope in his own and mankind s future, life was brutal.Sartre always had seen the end of his life as an impassable obstacle to self fulfillment, the dark side of the dichotomy Being Nothingness.For as proof of the perceived utter futility of the human predicament, the climax of his philosophical magnum opus, l tre et le N ant states baldly, Man is a hopeless passion But at about the same time as that work, across the Channel, as Sartre s discouraging words rallied France to alternative political action, T S Eliot was urging in wartime London Descend lower, descend onlyInto the world of perpetual solitude,World not world, but that which is not world,Internal darkness.Had Sartre read, and heeded Eliot s words he might have become a different person, in touch with his deepest emotions But Sartre had already achieved recognition and notoriety at a very young age So he simply became his persona.Clinical, aloof and detached Cool Sartre was cool when James Dean was a toddler He thus inspired generations of the with it and hip youngsters of the fifties, sixties and seventies.He assumed the role of philosopher without Knowing Himself and thus mocked Socrates Was that cool Later books of his like this one find Sartre trying to play catch up on that count But he was a Johnny Come Lately to the game of self knowledge To know yourself you have to BE yourself Sartre was a Matchstick Man.He utterly lacked everyday warmth, poor soul But in the darkness of postwar Britain, the best strategy for T.S Eliot was to accept so many great losses in a spirit of faithful brokenness, admitting personal frailties before God, so that the Darkness will become the Light.For Eliot followed the dictum of the cryptic Presocratic, Heraklitos The way up IS the way down Hope from the ashes of hope For through the darkness of Faith there comes the great joy of a New Day.As it came for Eliot, with a new marriage made in Heaven, and a joyous and dignified summation to his life In the end, Sartre finished his life as he had begun his early years, WITHOUT hope But as he looked back on his life in this at times light and charmingly whimsical book, he saw many lost childhood memories.But they were all mixed with the feeling that his life was slowly ebbing away without purpose or meaning.At least he had his many friends and the company of de Beauvoir But uncompromising till the end, he rejected the ordinary hope that makes life bearable for the rest of us, because he rejected himself.In spite of this, in Les Mots we see Sartre opening up about his personal space for the first time which he was to continue obliquely in his great study of Flaubert l Idiot de la Famille the Family Idiot.For now he was no longer an untouchable and lapidary world icon His disguise had worn too thinNow he was just frail and human like us But worn out by his despair.You know, there IS hope available even for Postmoderns like Sartre, and us Postmodern branches, as Messrs Kierkegaard, Barth and Kung have proven, can be grafted easily and well onto Christian roots.To find out How to do this, all we have to to is Read their books And Heed them well Les Mots The Words, Jean Paul SartreThe Words is Jean Paul Sartre s 1963 autobiography The text is divided into two near equal parts entitled Reading and Writing 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 Les Mots The Words, Jean Paul SartreThe Words is Jean Paul Sartre s 1963 autobiography The text is divided into two near equal parts entitled Reading and Writing 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 2008 195 20 1344 337 1396 337 9789643463663 1348 287 1387 243 1386 216 1388 9789643116064 1387 243 9789644483721 196319051847 1906 1882 1969 What did Jean Paul Sartre 1905 1980 and Ernesto Che Guevara 1928 1967 have in common Prior to reading this book, I did not know that they saw each other when they were both still alive This is my first book read written by Sartre and three years ago, I read John Lee Anderson s Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life Before Sartre s image in my unsophisticated read zero knowledge in philosophy mind was this old professor talking inside his wood paneled and fully carpeted office about the thi What did Jean Paul Sartre 1905 1980 and Ernesto Che Guevara 1928 1967 have in common Prior to reading this book, I did not know that they saw each other when they were both still alive This is my first book read written by Sartre and three years ago, I read John Lee Anderson s Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life Before Sartre s image in my unsophisticated read zero knowledge in philosophy mind was this old professor talking inside his wood paneled and fully carpeted office about the things like existentialism that was so deep I would never ever understand what he was saying On the other hand, prior to the Anderson s book, I used to see the image of Che Guevara printed on the t shirts of some hip teenagers I had some clues who he was because of the communist posters my handsome brother brought home when he was still in studying in a radical university But not all young Filipinos one caller in a morning show thought that Guevara was some kind of a band soloist so he asked what latest rock song he recorded Thanks to printed words Thanks to books We can read them and we can be informed We can choose not to be ignorant We can also contribute to influencing future generations by writing too We can make books of our own.The importance of reading and writing to his life This is basically the main theme of this book, The Words by the existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre At the age of 59, he wrote this book about the first 10 years of his life on earth He was exposed to books at a very young age He remembered looking at the volumes and volumes of similar hardbound books stacked in his grandparents room He did not know what were those but he loved to touch them and hear the flipping of the crisp pages From then on, he resolved to himself that he would not only read those books someday but he also become a writer Same thing happened to Che Guevara His parents also loved to buy and read books In the above mentioned Anderson s biography of Guevara, one of Che s childhood friends recalled that he could barely navigate inside the living room of the Guevaras because of the many stacks of books and magazines on the floor So, what made Sartre and Guevara in common 1 They both loved to read 2 They both believed and supported Marxism 3 They actually saw and talk to each other in Cuba in the 60 s In fact, when Guevara died in 1967, Satre declared He is not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age and the era s most perfect man 4 I both have read something about them Ako naMe already Next in my to be read is the childhood days of Sartre s girlfriend, Simone de Beauvior, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter