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Author QuotedJean Paul Sartre
Title QuotedAge of Reason
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/09/23
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1945
QuotationIn contrast I skimmed through Sartre's Age of Reason which at first (the other day) I had decided not to read at all beyond the first few chapters. But it is an important and well-written novel, and the theme is inescapable: the question of giving one's life a meaning by accepting the meaning of definitive commitments and not always evading them. It is a subtle and true study of the moral inanity of bourgeois life. But this is no guarantee that "socialist" life is any less inane. Quite the contrary! It is not social programs that give life the meaning it demands. The ending of the book is very effective.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 19
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