I can’t write a long review on this one, because I just don’t feel up to it. I’m not a philosopher but, that being said, Sartre (and the translator) certainly made existentialism, to an extent, accessible to me as someone rather unfamiliar with the concepts. I appreciated a lot of what Sartre says about creating one’s self and always being one’s self “in production,” as it were. “The Hole,” however, was pretty absurd. That man lives to fill himself (and that man seeks out woman because she is, essentially, a hole to be filled) was just weird. I also didn’t like what he said about taste buds not really existing, because what one tastes and defines as “good” or “bad” isn’t really based on how it tastes, but on what one has pre-determined one wants (or what one believes is good for him). Too far a stretch, I think – though the point he makes about one finding it inconceivable that another would not like the taste (or smell, feel, etc.) of something one likes is well taken and appreciated. But, all-in-all, the philosophy is interesting and I would like to learn more. I have a copy of Sartre’s Nausea and I definitely want to read it soon.
Publisher: Citadel, 2000
Source: Owned Copy