READ & DOWNLOAD á Les Mots ß ➷ Les Mots Free ➭ Author Jean-Paul Sartre – 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his father's early death Jean Paul Sartre was brought up at his grandfather's home in a world even then eighty years out of date In Words Sartre recalls growing up within the confines of French After his father's early death Jean Paul SaWithin the confines of French provincialism in the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. Faith even when profound is never entireThere is considerable audacity in a project of this nature The famed philosopherplaywrightnovelist creates a memoir fifty plus years into the past a poking about in a small child's mind I hazard to say there's a some fancy in these pages Much as Sartre notes throughout most of his childhood he was acting I assume the great thinker feels compelled to craft something of stature to merit his adult achievement I will be honest I don't remember much of my early life One or two images of leaving Michigan ages 3 4 There are a few flutters after that My adoptive mother telling everyone I was reading at age two Was I I have always had books and much like Sartre I feel indebted Also just like the author I had flowing curly locks a surprise I guess after being bald for 14 months The stories bifurcate there as Sartre benefited from his grandfather's library and I read comics and books from the local public library Both of us constructed constant narratives where we were the heroes He was encouraged to write I was given a typewriter and I filled notebooks in junior high when I should have been learning geometry The second section Writing isn't as magical as the first Reading He broaches his burgeoning narrative structures slowly evolving in a stumbling gait and how everything was ultimately enriched by attending school That period of his life so deserved a further extensive treatment if only his adolescent friendship with Paul Nizan Outside of his widowed mother and tacit grandmother women do not feature large in this vision His partial blindness his diminutive stature his less than ideal looks all reflect upon this but without explicit comment

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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his father's early death Jean Paul Sartre was brought up at his grandfather's home in a world even then eighty years out of date In Words Sartre recalls growing up. 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 brutalSartre always had seen the end of his life as an impassable obstacle to self fulfillment the dark side of the dichotomy BeingNothingnessFor as proof of the perceived utter futility of the human predicament the climax of his philosophical magnum opus l’Être et le Néant states baldly Man is a hopeless passionBut 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 LondonDescend lower descend onlyInto the world of perpetual solitudeWorld not world but that which is not worldInternal darknessHad 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 personaClinical 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 seventiesHe assumed the role of philosopher without Knowing Himself and thus mocked Socrates Was that coolLater 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 ManHe utterly lacked everyday warmth poor soulBut in the darkness of postwar Britain the best strategy for TS Eliot was to accept so many great losses in a spirit of faithful brokenness admitting personal frailties before God so thatthe Darkness will become the LightFor 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 DayAs it came for Eliot with a new marriage made in Heaven and a joyous and dignified summation to his lifeIn 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 memoriesBut they were all mixed with the feeling that his life was slowly ebbing away without purpose or meaningAt 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 himselfIn spite of this in Les Mots we see Sartre opening up about his personal space for the first time which he was to continue obliuely in his great study of Flaubert l’Idiot de la Famille the Family IdiotFor 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 despairYou 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 rootsTo find out How to do this all we have to to is Read their books And Heed them well

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Les MotsReading 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. Until this book and except for some of his political writings I've never much liked Sartre The first exposure to him was in high school through three of his dramas Read uickly and never seen performed I wasn't impressed The second was Nausea an early novel also read in high school I couldn't finish it The third in college was the collection Essays on Existentialism I found myself in profound disagreement with his take on depth psychology The fourth in seminary was Being and Nothingness Here as earlier with Nausea I felt I was reading the symptomatology of a neurotic not philosophy Still I did enjoy some of his political pronouncements and found myself in broad agreement with existentialist philosophy as it was attributed to him by other authors and in some of his essaysThe Words however was a pleasant read The very concept of essaying an autobiography of one's youth was intriguing Here Sartre considers primarily his first ten years and the three most influential figures of his childhood his widowed mother and her parents the Schweitzers yes apparently Jean Paul was distantly related to Albert though he receives but scant mention herein Of the three most important was his grandfather the great authority figure who directly and indirectly appears to have led young Jean Paul to a career as a writerMost of this book however is not about persons Most of it appears to be an effort to describe a state of mind Sartre's state of mind as a boy and by implication how that led to his being what he found himself to be at the time of his writing of this autobiography as a fifty nine year old man Here naturally one suspects a great deal of second guessing of the present overlaying the past and indeed Sartre devotes a good deal of attention to the centrality of teleology to his developing sense of personhood and purposeOnly at the book's end does Sartre seriously deal with the influence of the Protestant and Catholic idealogies which were among the givens of his upbringing I found this approach illuminating and wish there had been of it