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The Age of Reason

I was somewhat apprehensive to read a work of a well-known and serious philosopher like Jean-Paul Sartre, not knowing how approachable or enjoyable it might be.

In spite of my concerns, however, I found The Are of Reason to be an enjoyable and well written novel. Set in Paris at the brink of the Second World War, it follows a few characters’ lives for the space of a few days.

It is not, however, at its heart a narrative, but rather a glimpse into different world-views and mindsets. Sartre’s existentialism is apparent in the characters’ struggle with the fundamental search for meaning.

This is an intelligent and intellectually challenging read, albeit frustratingly angst-filled in places.

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