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A ameaça concretiza-se. A Alemanha nazi arrasta a Europa para um conflito sangrento a que ninguém ficará alheio. Mathieu, Daniel, Boris, Lola, Brunet, Ivich, vão vivê-lo cada um à sua maneira, assumindo-o ou rejeitando-o, comprometendo-se pelo heroísmo ou pela cobardia.O trajecto de Mathieu, personagem central, acompanha, em certa medida, o trajecto do próprio Sartre: do cA ameaça concretiza-se. A Alemanha nazi arrasta a Europa para um conflito sangrento a que ninguém ficará alheio. Mathieu, Daniel, Boris, Lola, Brunet, Ivich, vão vivê-lo cada um à sua maneira, assumindo-o ou rejeitando-o, comprometendo-se pelo heroísmo ou pela cobardia.O trajecto de Mathieu, personagem central, acompanha, em certa medida, o trajecto do próprio Sartre: do conceito de liberdade como possibilidade de dispor de si mesmo, passa ao conceito de liberdade como compromisso, como obrigatoriedade de opção face a cada acto, a cada situação concreta, num assumir de todos os momentos, que se tornam assim importantes, decisivos, políticos....

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Com a Morte na Alma Reviews

  • Petra X
    2018-12-26 03:32

    One day, aged nearly 16 I was an observant, Orthodox Jew. I enjoyed the ritual, I enjoyed the scholarship, I submerged myself in the study of Rashi, the Ramban, Talmud and Torah (view spoiler)[and boys (hide spoiler)]. Then I read Iron in the Soul and the next day I started to think for myself. I've been an existentialist ever since.I remember that day. It was a Shabbat and I was walking home from the synagogue, nearly three miles, looking for four leaf clovers in the hedgerows. (I have a small talent in being able to find four-leaf clovers which mysteriously I have passed on to my son) and wondering what the shiur would be about. A shiur is a lecture that all the young people would go to on a Shabbat afternoon at the rabbi's house. Served' up with cakes, sweet wine and grape juice it was a lot of fun to listen and debate (view spoiler)[and maybe hook up with someone interesting (hide spoiler)]. But there was a big row with my mother over lunch and my father went off to the rugby and I hid in my bedroom with Sartre and stayed there until next morning. That was my shiur.And when I awoke I had a whole new world of literature open to me and began to form my own existentialist philosophy and never again walked home from the synagogue. In fact, I hardly ever went again after that. I wrote this review because today I found a paper-thin, pressed four-leaf clover in an old book I didn't know I still had

  • Edward
    2019-01-18 05:21

    Introduction--Iron in the Soul

  • Manny
    2018-12-26 06:28

    One of the core messages of Les Chemins de la Liberté is that you are, more than anything, defined by your actions. Often you do things you didn't expect you'd do, and this can force you to reevaluate your self-image.In the first volume, Mathieu ends up doing something quite extraordinarily despicable. He doesn't have a high opinion of himself (when we get to listen in on his mental sound-track, he's often thinking je suis un salaud), but he'd never expected that he'd steal a large amount of money from a close friend to pay for his mistress's abortion. So is he just a salaud, then? Here, World War II has started for real, the Germans have broken through, and they're advancing confidently through France. Resistance is futile. So Mathieu is again surprised when he finds that he's picking up a rifle and heading for the top of the church tower. His girlfriend asks him why the hell he wants to be a hero. He has no idea. But he still does it.I've wondered several times if this scene didn't inspire the rather similar one near the end of Saving Private Ryan.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-01-05 08:16

    In the third and what was to be the final book of the "Roads to freedom" series, Sartre explores and elaborates on his philosophy of what it means to be human and his central concepts of freedom and responsibility are here set in the context of war and politics. The setting is world war II and the fall of France. The book follows a number of people in and out of France, but focuses on a number of soldiers, one group choosing to fight against all chances of success and another being captured. It is a book that will stick with you, and even if a number of characters are introduced in the earlier books, it can very well be read on its own.

  • Frabe
    2019-01-19 07:27

    Giugno 1940: i tedeschi sono a Parigi, la Francia è capitolata in un tempo vergognosamente breve. Gente allo sbando, in fuga, o bloccata, paralizzata; c'è pure chi collabora. Soldati prigionieri, a migliaia, con la morte nell'anima, ripensano, discutono, imprecano; qualcuno reagisce, rischiando, morendo, i più attendono il loro destino ignoto, che sarà di deportazione e di campi.Questo grande romanzo di Sartre, del 1949, faticoso e dolente, chiude un trittico denominato “Le vie della libertà” dopo “L'età della ragione” e “Il rinvio”.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-15 07:19

    This is the third book of Sartre's Roads to Freedom, and sadly, the last. He did begin on a fourth, but passed away before it could be completed.These novels are harrowing and full of despair yet they are fascinating to read and one can easily become entranced by Sartres writing.The novels rotate around a group of French men and women who are all linked by some way or another amist World War II and showcases how they think, feel and are affected by the knowledge of the approaching Nazi reign. All three of the novels are written in a different fashion from one another, making them a rare lot to enjoy. The first book, The Age of Reason, is written as a story with two main characters and their friends in the background. The primary focus of this first book is Mathieu trying to raise funds needed to pay for his no longer loved girlfriends abortion. The second novel, The Reprieve, is a kaliedascope of different characters, friends, strangers, military people and leaders all thrown together in a twisting mix of closely knit paragraphs. This book, Troubled Sleep, is the third.Sartre is mostly known for his philosophical works, so these novels are also solid proof of his talent as a multi-dimensional writer.

  • uh8myzen
    2018-12-21 07:29

    It has been a number of years since I read this series, so i will have to be rather general about it even though it has stuck with me all these years. I am a fan of Sartre's and his existentialist contemporaries, but this series was an amazing display of Sartre's skill as a fiction writer. While I am generally more fond of Camus' fiction, every book in the "The Roads to Freedom" trilogy stands out as my favorite fictional work by that group. Make no mistake, this trilogy is a masterpiece of existentialist fiction."The Roads to Freedom" series (originally meant to be a tetralogy) was a fictional representation of new direction in Sartre's vision of existentialism which was far more participatory. Using the back-drop of the Nazi occupation, Sartre's characters move from a prewar existence of complete apathy toward their life and others into individuals who are empowered by the will to resist any impediments to their freedom.This book is my favourite of the three, and was the first that I read of the series.

  • Abhishek Ganguly
    2018-12-19 03:11

    The only thing more horrifying than defeat is its aftermath.That is the tale that Jean Paul Sartre has woven in 'Iron In The Soul'. Heart wrenching stories of the men who had lost the War for France; a war that they did not choose to fight, did not even know much about.'Iron In The Soul' is a tale of the fall of heroes and humans. People portray themselves as worms and corpses; sometimes out of shame, sometimes out of necessity. Here and there, flashes of human dignity sting the reader (and the characters) with pain. The only mistake I have made with this book is that I haven't read the previous books of the trilogy. Aparrt from that, this is a masterpiece!

  • Heather Fineisen
    2018-12-21 08:14

    I picked this book up for a buck yesterday and I can't put it down--that is a good thing--too bad it's not raining.Next Day--Beautiful day and finished beautiful story. I will be mulling this one over for a while.

  • Komal Raja
    2019-01-04 05:26

    'Iron in the Soul' is third part of Jean-Paul Sartre's trilogy. The narration starts when the war broke between Germany and France in 1939-40. Sartre threw light on what happens after defeat in a war. How people face it? How they live defeat hour after hour and day after day. what it means to loose in a war for soldiers, government workers, intellectuals and civilians. Sartre portrait a tragicomedy picture of aftermath as France fell . With a blend of poetic wit and artistic sarcasm he describes what a war brings. How defeat or victory makes people shudder,run,immigrate, act on impulse, take pride or make celebrations on massacre. How it feels when masses have to stay roofless, food-less, sleepless and on the verge of collapse even hopeless for the indefinite period of time during the war. How wars make brave men learn to hate and kill. No matters, how one once thought about life, what beliefs one held, what laws say, what's written in books. With a sudden rush of impulse all beauty and virtue lost their meanings and all gets shot with a big BANG when one is not sure whether one is going to take in his next breath or the current one is going to be his last one!Personally I've found the book amazing. Loved Sartre's expression and language. :)

  • Javier Jiménez
    2019-01-12 03:20

    Creí que este libro no era de ficción, pensé que era un ensayo o algo por el estilo. Pero es una novela. Una novela acerca de los franceses en la segunda guerra mundial. En realidad no me gustó mucho, tal vez lo más rescatable es el análisis que realiza Sartre del sentimiento de derrota de los franceses, de su desesperación y a la vez respeto hacia los alemanes. Hay una parte en la que algunos soldados franceses prisioneros ven a los alemanes como seres realmente superiores porque eso los hace sentirse menos mal por haber perdido la guerra contra ellos, ya que visto de esta forma los alemanes son invencibles y no se podría haber hecho nada más. Es decir, aceptan la derrota como algo natural y harían lo que sea (incluso venerar a sus vencedores) por volver a estar en libertad. Vale la pena pensar un rato sobre estas situaciones.Pero en general siento que la trama está muy extendida para lo que se quiere decir. Un libro que siento que pudo haber sido escrito en la mitad de páginas.

  • Matt
    2018-12-25 03:12

    Definitely the least interesting of the series. It seemed like Sartre got bored writing about these characters and really just wanted to finish the series. The only character that reached some sort of conclusion was Mathieu. All I can say about Mathieu is... yes, he found his freedom. I could have lived without Burnet and his story. No mention of Marcelle, which I thought was unfortunate because I wanted to see where she would go. Same with Gomez, he just sort of falls out of the picture. Boris, Lola and Ivich have small parts. The existential theme carries through Daniel and Mathieu.There are some interesting themes, the exhaustion and futility of the war, the frustration due to a lack of understanding of what they were actually fighting for, and the feeling of an uncertain future continue from the previous books.

  • Dewey
    2018-12-19 09:14

    It's got Sartre's kind of characters that others don't like to use (communists, homosexuals, etc.), and it's got that existential feel that, mixed with feelings of French patriotism gone sour after WWII defeat, seems rather strange. It is fresh in the context of the war, having been written at the turn of the 50's after Sartre himself was a prisoner of war and was involved in the underground. But Troubled Sleep is one of his weaker novels, simply because he chose to follow the trajectories of several different characters instead of sticking with one, giving it an unorganized feel not seen in Nausea or Age of Reason. Good for WWII lovers and worth the effort for Sartre fans, but little more.

  • One Flew
    2018-12-25 06:11

    A good end to the trilogy. I didn't care for 'The Reprieve', which was too dis-jointed to get into. Iron in the Soul was a much smoother and interesting read. Particularly the scenes in the POW camp and Matheiu's transformation. Even then, I wonder about the necessity of certain characters minimal story lines, such as Daniel, who didn't need resolution. All in all, well worth the read.

  • Stefanie
    2019-01-15 01:37

    The final book of sartre's roads to freedom trilogy is the best, in my opinion. This book relates French consciousness during the Nazi occupation / fall of France. In the face of defeat, a country's people struggle for dignity and meaning. In the context of war, Sartre explores what it is to be human.

  • Sara Abdulaziz
    2018-12-21 05:27


  • Anna
    2019-01-14 04:19

    Final installment in the "Roads to Freedom" trilogy.

  • Don
    2019-01-14 03:11

    The third volume of the Roads trilogy and Sartre changes tone once again. Age of Reason was about the ways in which its key characters interacted with one another, to create an effect like a group of mixed, random group of people lost in an elegant maze on a hot summer’s day. Looking for the right direction they shoot off in many, only to find themselves back with the clusters of similarly lost souls, with only the fact there are a few new faces and few less of the old, to mark the difference. But freedom is the condition of life they all wallow in: it doesn’t have to be fought for or re-found if once it was ever lost. The problem is there are so many ways to make use of this freedom, and most of them lead to alienation and misery.The Reprieve brings the background of these people’s lives to the fore, with the sense that nothing is significant other than the fact that the world is waiting to go to war. The individuals move across landscapes where their interactions with each other seem far less significant. What they do for themselves counts very little since it is the bigger question of the war which will decide their fates.In Iron in the Soul the cast is reduced to a bare minimum – just Mathieu and Brunet really, though Gomez, Sarah, Daniel, Ivich, et al, and revisited briefly but then dropped as the main action switches to the French army in the north, defeated without having actually waged a battle. Mathieu wanders listlessly around with other soldiers, wandering if the armistice has yet been announced and arguing about whether they would be counted amongst the guilty who had failed to act to save France. He is separated from the men he is with by education and class. He observes them fall into drunkenness or flounder with sex, and the betrayals they are capable off even when their scope for action is so limited.For no better reason than it seems to afford him the chance to undertake one action is his life that might have tangible, concrete consequences, he joins a group of soldiers who have been in action and who have been ordered by their officer to resist the advance of the German army into an insignificant village. He sits with this group of men, who for the first time in any of the novels, appear to be pursuing definite actions in the knowledge they will produce definite outcomes, even this is only the certainty of their deaths, and there is a suggestion that something like companionship is forged and the bourgeois becomes a part of a collective. For a few minutes they delay the advance of the Germans, and Mathieu experiences the thrill of seeing the bullets fired from his rifle sink into the flesh of an isolated, fallen soldier. At last, an action he has performed that has direct, unmediated consequences. But it is the end. The tower he is in takes a direct hit and his road reaches its end.The switch to the position of Brunet is a long coda to the trilogy. With 20,000 other defeated soldiers the communist is herded into what seems to be an industrial estate to await their fate. They know nothing about the terms of the French surrender. Will they de-mobilised and permitted to return to their homes, scattered across all parts of France, or taken as forced labourers to Germany? Brunet observes his fellow prisoners and tries to see amongst them the party men – the proletarians who had embraced communism and their mission in life. They seem poor stuff to him – broken and demoralised, likely to accept any fate that befalls them.There are days of starvation, with many coming close to death, before food supplies reach the prison camp. Brunet gathers a small group around him, amongst whom is Schneider, who seems to know a lot about the party though has never been a member. He is a worker, but tainted by his intelligence. He accepts a role as Brunet’s closest confident but resists the ideology which seems communism arising from the ineluctable processes of history. The prospect ahead for France and its workers is hell from Schneider’s standpoint, and the floundering of the men who consider themselves agents of history will only make it worse. But still, he remains a figure in Brunet’s small group, running errands as a messenger and offering something, anything, as a course of action that can be taken by men whose lives are circumscribed by hunger and ignorance about what lies in store.The final pages of the novel switch to a train journey, with the defeated soldiers being more from their camp to somewhere – either deeper into France or across the border into Germany. A railwayman amongst them explains that there are three sets of points on this track which can be switched to either send them south into France, or into Germany. Crammed into the space of freight wagons, using a tin can as a toilet, watching the country pass them by, observing their German guards, observing them, Sartre’s complaint that freedom is an inescapable condition of life, seems misplaced. But his bigger point is that even here the human mind does its work by absorbing all the externalities in which it moves in order to make it its own. Their fate as captives still fragments into 20,000 different minds as they re-configure their scope for movement and opportunities to act and survive. One of Brunet’s crew, a young communist printer, decides the matter his own way and makes an absurd, futile attempt to escape. His body is left by the trackside as the train moves on carrying the multitude to their fates. Somehow, in the midst of this bleakness and despair, freedom continues.

  • John Lucy
    2019-01-17 06:32

    Not as fantastic as the second book of the series, The Reprieve, but still worthwhile. For the most part this book returns you to only the characters from the first novel, The Age of Reason, and shows you the path that each will be on for the duration of World War II. That alone is great because for only one character do you feel some sense of conclusion or closure with their story, which plays into one of Sartre's main themes for the series: war is extremely disorienting. If you really wanted to continue following some of the characters that were new to the second novel, then too bad. You'll find, I think, that the characters here provide a good representation of what the French people were experiencing during the war. Indeed, I'd think they provide a good representation of what all Europeans were experiencing during the war, and to a lesser extent Americans and Africans and Asians as well.The style of this book is much more like that of the first, and so far less disorienting than the second. I suppose you'll find the title of the second novel, The Reprieve, very fitting. This book begins at the point in the war when Paris is captured. What is somewhat disappointing is that the novel is broken into two parts. The first part mainly follows Mathieu, now a soldier, and all the characters connected to him from the first novel. The second part exclusively follows Brunet, one of the characters connected to Mathieu from the first novel but clearly a secondary character from the very start. We haven't really heard from or heard of Brunet since mid-way through The Age of Reason, and even then he starred for only about ten pages. Suddenly shifting to him for the entirety of the second half of the novel and right through to the end, which is also the end of the three-part series, seems like a let-down. I think most readers, like myself, will get over it, though. The shift occurs because Brunet becomes a prisoner-of-war, an element that, without him, would have been impossible for Sartre to cover. With Brunet the reader should feel like the WWII experience is complete. A lot goes into how Brunet is a communist leader, but I think that the other prisoner characters balance him out well.I think you will find the end of the novel/series truly gripping. Again, I highly recommend this novel, but not nearly as much as the second novel. If you are going to read one book from Sartre's Road to Freedom series, read the second one.

  • Rachel Stevenson
    2019-01-02 05:30

    This third part of the Roads to Freedom trilogy follows the stories of the characters from the first two novels, The Age Of Reason and The Reprieve: Matheiu, the Sartre stand-in, trying to be free, trying to act deliberately, hooking up with the last squadron resisting the Nazi invasion, which leads to his presumed death; Odette, in love with Mathieu but married to his bullying brother, who demands that she be the perfect little wife in order for him to feel like a man, fleeing Paris as the Germans invade; Daniel, using the exodus and displaced persons to pick up men; Lola and Boris carrying on as they always did. I don't know if much has been said about JPS as a stylist. The first part of the novel is pretty standard omniscient narrator realism, but when we move to part two, it's narrated by a new character, Brunet, and there are no paragraph breaks: it's one long 120 page story of prisoners of war captured by the Germans as the French surrender. This stylistic choice gives the impression of things happening very quickly, events take place straight after each other, everything rolling over and over with no breaks, no time to stop and think, the characters are victims of circumstance. The second novel in the trilogy is written entirely in a stream of consciousness, flowing from one character to the next. Sartre's style seems half way between the traditional Victorian novel and the new forms of the early 20th century.The recently politicised Sartre uses the prisoner of war camp as a microcosm of capitalist society. The Germans are the uber boss-class: distant, handing out food or treats (visits from relatives) as they see fit, giving and taking away hope as, instead of demobbing the prisoners in France as promised, they take them to forced labour camps in Germany. The communist Brunet, trying to organise within the camp, to get the soldiers to denounce the armistice and revolt against their captors, can find no comrades: he sees his follow inmates as dreaming their way through life, talking about food and sex and fun rather than revolution, thinking that the Germans are “not such a bad lot after all”. It's always interesting to read a book about the war from another country's point of view. I've had enough of the English point of view, and definitely the American's.

  • Cristian Gerarduzzi Neville
    2019-01-14 06:21

    Me resultó largo por momentos, entonces pensé que este tomo no era tan bueno como los otros, como "La edad de la razón" que es más 'rápido'. Es evidente que todavía me falta aprender como se construyen los personajes y las relaciones página a página. Supongo que por eso cuando llegó el final solo derramé un par de lágrimas en lugar de estallar en llanto ¡Que maestro que fue y sigue siendo Sartre! La lucha con el de afuera es en verdad la lucha con uno mismo, aún en la guerra. La libertad es lo mas preciado, lo que nos es mas caro, y sin lo cual nuestra vida pierde sentido, ese otro que temo y que odio es parte mía, y sufro con su desgracia que es también mía, porque yo también muero por ser libre, porque sufro ante mi finitud y eventual muerte ¿Que es pesimista? A quien opine así le digo que no hay optimismo real que no parta del autoconocimiento de los miedos que nos son mas caros y que están detrás de nuestros actos. Lo que se obtiene al ignorarlos en favor de placeres y distracciones es la pérdida del enfoque de lo que realmente nos hace humanos, nuestra angustia existencial que evitamos persiguiendo el fetiche de la novedad. No digo que este sea el único medio. Podemos obrar y ser con, caritativa y políticamente, eso está bárbaro, pero la reflexión es también necesaria ¿Tiene esto algo que ver con el libro? Esta huella o surco que trato tristemente de volcar es producto de un despertar que la lectura de Sartre me produce, no sé si voy a alcanzar algo más, si ganaré una visión más clara por medio del análisis existencial sartreano que estoy aprendiendo. Pero sí me resulta obvio que tengo muchísimo que agradecerle. Y que por alguna razón, necesito que no quede muerto en mí, ese otro que también soy yo pero que veo en ustedes me despierta la necesidad de acercarme y esta es mi botella al mar.

  • Ash
    2019-01-05 05:21

    It is hard to write about Sartre, I think, lacking his scope of ideas as I do. My philosophical knowledge is not as great as I would like. Thus, I am responding to this as a work of fiction rather than engaging more with its ideas.This, the third book of the trilogy, returns us to several characters from the previous two novels, each struggling to come to terms with the meaning of defeat. Most of Part One is spent with Mathieu, and in these sections there is perhaps an overload of characters, new ones continually entering the frame in a way that some might find hard to keep track of. But such things are largely irrelevant compared to the precise beauty of the prose, one again granting us unequivocal access to the characters' tumultuous thoughts. The reader knows characters through and through, although they might not know themselves too well.Special mention must go to the parts spent with Daniel, always the character I thought most intriguing. His wanderings through a deserted Paris are extraordinarily described with a magnificent sense of place and time.Gone are the mid-character leaps from The Reprieve, but Part Two of Iron in the Soul is only two paragraphs, spanning well over a hundred pages. It deals exclusively with Brunet and his experiences as a prisoner, a continuous and unrelenting assault of thought and conversations that, despite including more characters than Mathieu's sections, does not feel like it suffers from overcrowding.The introduction in my edition tells me that the title would be better translated as 'Death in the Soul'; regardless, this is a fine end to the series, despite the absence of the unwritten fourth novel.

  • Alex Milledge
    2018-12-20 03:25

    A cool, World War II-setting novel based on the Fall of France.In the beginning, there was a part when there were a few frenchmen in new york talking about how it's a shame that no one cares that France is falling to the Germans, but then after that there is no mention of those characters or setting again. I thought that was weird, but i think it had to do with how the world was indifferent to France's fall to the Germans. The book was also somewhat existential coming from Sartre. I picked up the book because the book was called Troubled Sleep, which I thought was something existential, but I was equally amused that the book was actually based on World War II. The book talks a lot about death and the process of death, as well as suicide, which many of characters want to commit suicide or talk about it. I guess Sartre sees suicide as the ultimate act of freedom of the individual, and so he talks a lot about it, although in Being and Nothingness he says that Suicide is nonsense and extends from the anguish of the individual.I will have to revisit Sartre's novels and fiction works someday soon.

  • Alexander Lawson
    2018-12-30 07:17

    The novel, composed of several slightly related stories, describes the angst felt by the soldiers and civilians following the fall of France in 1940. It is slow going at first but is worthwhile for those interested in Sartre, anguish or the fall of France.The various protagonists respond to defeat with: boredom; passivity; denial of responsibility; sensual indulgence; drunkenness; and anger leading to suicidal resistance. The soldiers deny any compliance in the political policies (appeasement) that contributed to the outbreak of war.In captivity, the attention of the men is on immediate concerns such as food and shelter. They eagerly follow false hopes of early release (as part of French surrender); they become religious. A small group of communists try to establish a cell and exhibit bad faith in their rejection of the cynical betrayal by Russia in the nonaggression pact of 1939.The translation used too much English vernacular for my taste.

  • Ensiform
    2018-12-23 02:08

    (Translated by Gerard Hopkins from La Mort Dans L'Ame --- a somewhat different title.) This series was apparently supposed to continue beyond three books, and although I get the sense of transition in this book, there's also completion: Mathieu makes a final decision for freedom, Brunet finds out that the mindset he wants his fellows to share does not come about so easily. It is sad that we never find out what happens to Odette & Jacques, Daniel & Philippe, or Gomez, lost in America... However, the main focus of this book is Mathieu, representing the typical soldier who fights simply because, and Brunet, the party member who has a cause which is shared by few. The scene describing Mathieu's last stand was particularly moving, as was the death of the printer at the end of the book. A great series, all in all, that I am very sorry to see end before the end of the road is found for everyone.

  • Marley
    2018-12-28 09:07

    I've been reading the Roads to Freedom trilogy with nothing in between for the last couple weeks. And what a road it is! I find it difficult to say one book is better than the other. They all stand on their own merit, and I only regret that Sartre didn't complete La Derniere Chance. I really want to know what happened, especially to Daniel, Brunet, and Schneider. Well, NEED to know! Alas! as life, we cannot tie up the loose ends, and doubt Sartre would have either.The entire series is very relevant to the mess the US is in today not only individuals, but society and the state. Part 2 and the conversations between Brunet and Schneider I found stunning and will go back and read them again.I've got more Sartre read in my collection of long ago. I wish I'd revisited him sooner. These novels need to read many times.

  • Mark
    2019-01-01 05:25

    Tomorrow the black birds would come...The haunting, foreboding line that finishes this book, which though brilliant is I think the weakest of the trilogy. It focuses on less characters than the previous two instalments, though dwells on them for longer stretches of time. Time with Brunet in the prison camp dragged on a little too long for me and I would have liked to have found out what was happening with the others: Marcelle, Daniel, Boris and Ivich etc. Only Mathieu really achieves closure: 'Christ. Suppose I turned out to be a coward. That would be the last straw.' Do we really know who or what we are until circumstance reveals our true nature to us? Again some brilliant, beautiful lines. His writing is harsh, brutal and completely unsentimental. He really has written a book that is 'beautiful, hard as nails and makes you ashamed of your existence.'

  • Jeffrey Franklin Barken
    2018-12-20 03:31

    That was a heavy dose of Sartre... I think the Reprieve was the most interesting in the series language-wise. I liked the entangled story lines, and the sense of impending disaster that underlined the entire plot. Troubled Sleep starts excellently with Gomez in New York trying to register American emotions as Paris falls to the Nazis... Throughout this trilogy you get a sense of the French people, desperate to close their eyes and sleep forever, or to awake from the nightmare of their times. Their paralyzing indecision is what characterizes a generation increasingly consumed by apathy and guilt. The generational gap between veterans of WWI and the disgraced soldiers of 1940 is an interesting theme carried out in the trilogy. Of course, the heightened philosophical discussions of what constitutes freedom lies at the core of these three novels, linking them together...

  • Kapil Yadav
    2019-01-14 07:37

    Freedom when unknown sounds so appealing but when it shows itself in naked, crude form is not digestible . While the pursuit seems so worthy and noble to make life turn into an ideal - it is only the one who reaches it knows it . Others who read and see are yet to make anything out of the final summit to freedom , as for them it lies on a higher summit, a more noble summit . If being able to release the trigger was freedom was Mathieu, then so be it . Brunet walks away unfinished but yes still occupied , occupied for work , for party . Daniel looks empty and only covered with homosexuality . While nausea leaves you to abyss and age of reason starts your quest , 'the reprieve' and 'troubled sleep' take you closer towards phenomena which an absurd mind can never bank upon . Boris - I wish Sartre had given his story an end .

  • Mike Keane
    2019-01-05 02:21

    so far 50 pages in or so its of course well written and dark. - finished it a few weeks later. this book had a really interesting fragmented narrative. The first was made up of several groups of people, with a main narrator of each group whose internal monologue we hear. the second half was entirely different than the first made up of only one group with only one main character's inner workings exposed. the storyline is also atypical and manages to weave Sartre's ideas and characterizations into a novel. also i definitely had at least two nightmares directly influenced by this book but i still recommend it. the pressing i have has a nightmarish image on the cover, its a bantam modern classic.