April 12, 2012

Literary Pick (**)

-Jean Paul Sartre

Not nearly as good as his plays in No Exit. Sartre claimed Nausea to be his magnum opus. Existentialism is a philosophy I deeply believe is the doctrine of life. So I was surprised and disappointed that Sartre, being the forefather of existentialism, offered this, his crowning achievement, with little to no theory. Nausea reminded me much of Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet, in the sense that it presented a profoundly disturbed individual attempting to cope with the meaningless of everyday life, but lacking purposeful argument.


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