The Age of Reason

Jean Paul Sartre, Translated By Eric Sutton


I can’t rave about this book enough. One of the best novels I have ever read, it made me want to drop everything, learn French and move to Paris. The only thing comparable is Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The Age of Reason is the first book in Sartre’s Roads to Freedom series. The story of Mathieu and his existential struggle to be free is set amid the back drop of the events of 1938 Europe. With the shadow of war hanging over Paris all Mathieu can think about is Freedom.