The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The absolute determination of all the characters to be as miserable as possible eventually becomes quite funny. He sank deeper into his chair, he seemed utterly crushed: ‘Good Lord,’ thought Mathieu, ‘he had begun to get accustomed to it.

This is the idea of existentialism (and remember that Sartre is considered the father of secular existentialism) in that it is the definition of who we are. While the totalitarian dictatorship may attempt to stifle your thoughts and actions, it is the knowledge that no matter what they do, they cannot really control your thoughts, and they cannot take away your joy. The fact is, you’re beyond any comprehension: you, so prompt with your indignation when you hear of an injustice, you keep this woman for years in a humiliating position, for the sole pleasure of telling yourself that you’re respecting your principles.In the book, I must point out, Daniel often says one thing to his friends to make him appear moral, likeable, and supportive. Here, Boris refuses to believe that Lola is still alive; and, when Mathieu finally persuades him, Boris refuses to accept it. However, the review goes on to remark how Sartre seems to be preoccupied with describing the physical act of vomiting. The story revolves around Mathieu in this philosophical background and brings to fore his existential struggles along with those of the characters linked directly or remotely to his life.

Each name springs up in mind in a color and the association with that color is complete, character and the color inextricable from each other. You despise the bourgeois class, and yet you are bourgeois, son and brother of a bourgeois, and you live like a bourgeois. In that belly a little strawberry of blood was making haste to live, with a sort of guileless urgency, a besotted little strawberry, not even yet an animal, soon to be scarped out of existence by a knife. The room was filled with stale heat which had spent its force outside, and left its radiance in the folds of the curtain, and was stagnating there, inert and ominous like a human destiny. Incidentally, as everyone is about to get pretty inebriated in this section, during this era getting drunk is referred to as being “tight”.Behind him, Boris and Ivich would soon be whispering together, reconstituting their unbreathable and precious world. As such, the statement about freedom being a lie is a statement made by an immature person (me) who was restricted in what he could do because he did not truly understand the nature of freedom. I daresay she has [been studying hard], in her own way—that is, she no doubt sits for hours over a book. Ivich is plain and prickly but Mathieu finds himself making a pass at her in a taxi on the way to an art exhibition. Delarue clearly has a thing for her, but is caught between being the intellectual elder statesman and the lust-driven buffoon.

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