The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Although upset Boris presumed she was dead, Lola merely shrugs off the incident as one of her episodes—the seeming dangers of regular cocaine use evidently not of much concern to her. And hence the over-arching title of the series, Roads To Freedom as it indeed dramatises different characters’ journeys towards different definitions of freedom. It’s also my favourite from the trilogy—whilst the Reprieve and Iron in the Soul are profound and moving, there’s a certain unmatchable edge to Age of Reason which is delivered through its detailed analysis of its lead characters.

A philosophical, meandering novel, it includes some inspired ideas and episodes, but is rather middling fiction. As a somber background to Mathieu's private dilemma, Sartre presents a picture of the war in Spain and of the eve of the war in Europe. Boris scratched his head in perplexity, and wondered what was the origin of these destructive impulses which gripped him from time to time. You despise the bourgeois class, and yet you are bourgeois, son and brother of a bourgeois, and you live like a bourgeois.By now, even the reader is getting a bit exasperated by Delarue’s behaviour, is he a coward or a pretentious buffoon? He liked to show her fine pictures, fine films, and fine things generally, because he was himself so unattractive; it was a form of self-excuse. Slowly Mathieu realises the cheap abortionists he had been considering (400 Francs) risk seriously injuring Marcelle; Sarah knows a high class abortionist, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, but he charges 4,000 Frances – where on earth can Mathieu get that kind of money? Posted on December 3, 2016 March 27, 2021 Posted in Fiction Tagged books, existentialism, France, history, Jean-Paul Sartre, literature, Paris, philosophy, reading, Roads to Freedom, Sartre, The Age of Reason By Mr. I could talk about the plot, but the plot doesn’t matter, it’s the subtext that does – this nagging regret of a life not lived; a life that has amounted to nothing because of a protagonist who bases every life decision on excessive forethought, a habit that steers him away from making any decision on a whim.

You are the son of a bourgeois, you couldn’t come to us straightaway, you had to free yourself first. Boris had bought a large clasp knife and on a whim Ivich uses it to cut a deep slash right across her palm. Exasperated by his brother’s assessment, Mathieu heads off out into the streets of Paris once again. Boris like all the other characters doesn’t appear to have a job and is oppressed by his own ‘freedom’ – which some among us might relabel his lack of a job, a career or any responsibilities.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.

Maybe these ‘freedom’ sections which caused so much debate in 1945, now seem thin and lifeless because we all think like that, talk like that, and have the t-shirt.

He’s filled with causticity and scathing asides which, naturally, includes his scheming on how he can interfere with everyone’s lives.

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