The Reprieve

The Reprieve

The Reprieve An extraordinary picture of life in France during the critical eight days before the signing of the fateful Munich Pact and the subsequent takeover of Czechoslovakia in September Translated from

  • Title: The Reprieve
  • Author: Jean-Paul Sartre Eric Sutton
  • ISBN: 9780679740780
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • An extraordinary picture of life in France during the critical eight days before the signing of the fateful Munich Pact and the subsequent takeover of Czechoslovakia in September 1938 Translated from the French by Eric Sutton.

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    In this book Sartre uses a really interesting technique in which he switches instantaneously from a character to another one even in the middle of the sentence.We are in France, just before the beginning of the 2nd world war, and Sartre tries to describe what is happening from many different point of views.The technique used in this book reminds me the counterpoint technique in music, in which different voices coexist and intertwine maintaing their individuality.These continuos switch between th [...]

    ---------------------------------------This novel is the second book of Sartre's "Roads to Freedom" trilogy: "The Age of Reason"; "The Reprieve", and "Troubled Sleep". The trilogy is over-simply described as an historical fiction occurring among the events leading to, and including, France's experience of World War II. A handful of protagonists recur throughout.In "The Reprieve" these familiar fictional protagonists interact with their fates (and Europe's) as war with Germany is anticipated, and [...]

    Much better than the first book of this trilogy. This text is worth reading solely for the style Sartre uses to move between character's who are all experiencing the moments leading up to Hitler's "reclaiming" the Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia and the signing of the Munich Agreement on September 30, 1938. It's Europe right before it all went sour. Of course, all the readers know where the lives of Sartre's characters are leading, but the characters don't; and while you might think this mak [...]

    Wow. Sartre has done a masterful job of capturing the looming sense of dread felt by his various characters as they try to go about their lives in as normal a way as possible in the days preceding the start of World War II. Some remarkable stuff in here, from the story of the fellow terrified of suffering disability and disfigurement on the battlefield, to the Jew who does not identify with the suffering of the German Jews because he sees himself as more French than Jewish. At times, this is a h [...]

    I'm trying to imagine what it would have been like to have been a left-leaning French intellectual in 1939. You're used to defending Stalin on the grounds that he's at least against Hitler. Then he suddenly goes and forms an alliance with him. Sartre does his best to convey how this felt, as does de Beauvoir in the second volume of her memoirs. But I still can't really grasp it. Oh well.

    Fiction describing the despair and confusion surrounding the events of the Treaty of Munich. Sartre, I admit, is not one of my favorite authors. But both the stream-of-consciousness style and the historical context gave me a better footing for appreciating the sulkiness that pervades his books.

    The attraction of reading the RTF trilogy for me comes from one of the clearest television memories I have (easily rivalling some of the scenes from Quatermas and the Pit). It comes from the acclaimed 1970 BBC dramatisation which, for thirteen weeks, had engaged millions of British viewers in Mathieu Delarue’s efforts to define the scope of freedom in a France that was stumbling into world war.The scene dealt with Mathieu’s lonely night-time walk through a Paris that expected to be told at a [...]

    أظن بأن أحدًا ما كان ليجد عنوانًا أكثر ملائمةً للرواية مما اختاره لها سارتر، "وقف التنفيذ". تكمل هذه الرواية التي تعد الجزء الثاني من ثلاثية دروب الحرية بوصف حياوات الشخصيات الذين تم التعرف عليهم مسبقًا في الجزء الأول، بالإضافة إلى آخرين جدد، وفي حين أن الجزء الأول كان متعلق [...]

    Disappointing, tedious, awkward, unwieldy, a grossly inferior sequel. Doesn't come close to capturing the anguish and confusion of the first novel, instead it just bashes the reader over the head with tired tropes about self-knowledge and the like.

    O primeiro livro desta trilogia é, quiçá, o meu livro favorito até à data (ao lado do "To Kill a Mockinbird" e outro mais). Daí ter sido uma desilusão abrir o livro depois de tanto tempo (e tantos livros enfiados no meio). Quase que fantasiei sobre o primeiro livro ao ponto de aliená-lo, de forma a torná-lo quase irreconhecível. Mesmo assim, suspeito que há uma perda de entusiasmo, não só minha, mas também da parte do escritor, pelo menos nas primeiras duzentas páginas. Os capítu [...]

    Sartre combines the craft of an historian and the humanity of a philosopher in describing the events and individual human reaction to the days leading up to Munich and the capitulation of the British Government in a different way. He depicts the surreal nature of war and how it quickly surrounds everyone, distorting perceptions of the reality of the Third Reich and its plan as individuals lived their lives in a bubble. It shows the human incapacity to understand the immediate context of their li [...]

    Aside from being a brilliant intellectual and philosopher, Sartre was an amazing writer. This is best shown (of the books I've read of course) in this second part of the "Roads to freedom" series. Sartre shifts the locations, characters and even narrators seamlessly throughout the text. But, instead of making the story incoherent and sketchy, the attention to details and great depictions of characters, actually makes the book flow very much like watching a movie.The story is set in France, durin [...]

    I think this book has the most characters of any book I've read. WW2 is a looming reality and the writing style reflects the effect this has had on life. Sometimes Sartre switches perspectives, time and place within a sentence. We are bounced back from Paris, London, Prague, Berlin and Russia. When we catch up with all the characters that we know from Age of Reason, they are altered by the situation. It's interesting to see the different ways people thought of Hitler and the Germans before it al [...]

    Poor existentialist novel . Complex interweaving of characters for no good reason . Incomplete characters . Sartre is not Tolstoy and 'the reprieve' is not an existentialist 'War and Peace ' .There was no freedom but words which amounted to situations. And when there was a glimpse of freedom , it came in a form that was unappealing . While 'the age of reason' takes you nowhere , 'the reprieve' takes you to particular places at particular time . A reprieve that I finished it .

    What a shame when pretentiousness ruins a book! This would have been such a good book had it not been written by Sartre who, apparently, made it his life's goal to sound smart and incomprehensible. After having read some five of his books, I really do think he was a much better philosopher than writer.

    A bit better than the first book; I really got into a few of the characters. They really represent the worst of most of us-except for Delarue who is generally a super logical, passionless person. Looking forward to the last book of the series.

    bener-bener terombang-ambing kaum proletar gara-gara kaum pemegang kekuasaan. perang dunia kedua yg hny membuat kecemasan" bnyn pihaky tokoh dalam novel ni dg kegelisahan masing".

    The most important point to note about this book is it's writing style. I picked this up not having a clue what was going on, and left the first few pages pretty confused. Reason being, it switches from character to character whenever it feels like it. You can go from one situation, with characters specific to that scenario, to another in the same paragraph. There are no chapters in the common sense, but dates, the majority of which are very long. It's written in quite an unforgiving way really, [...]

    Bittiğine inanamıyorum. Hiç bitmeyecek gibiydi. Bide gittim manyak gibi 3tabini aldım. Sartre aşkına! Akıl çağına kıyasla baya sıkıcı idi. Ve bilinç akışı tekniği gibi bir teknik kullanılmıştı. Bu da hikayeyi takip etmemi zorlaştırdı. Karakterler birbirine karıştı bide başlayalı uzun zaman olduğundan ve ara verdiğimden dolayı da karakterlerin hangisi hangisinin olduğunu kitap bitmesine rağmen öğrenemedim.

    Interesting style to this novel set in the days leading up to Hitler's decision to invade Czechoslovakia. The reader is "thrown" into the middle of scenes which take some time to figure out the characters and setting. Settings and characters change from one paragraph to the next. Not difficult to follow once the reader gets the hang of it.

    A great read by a master of thoughts. Sartre takes us back in time and helps us relive the dismay, prejudice and confusion of a war-torn world. A satisfying read for thinkers and readers alike.

    Brilliant. Should be considered on par with Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five. I might be wrong here, but I don't think Sartre necessarily intended this novel to be an anti-war novel, like the other two novels just listed are; and yet the trajectory of Sartre's novel is basically the same. As the second installment of the Roads to Freedom series this book covers the days immediately leading up to France's involvement in World War II. The first novel, The Age of Reason, introduced most of the char [...]

    I appreciate the challenging but intriguing artistry of this work. Other reviews have described the writing as cinematic and this was my impression also. For at least the first half I was thinking, “this would make a wonderful film but as a book I don’t know” The narrative jumps from character to character and/or from setting to setting without starting a new paragraph. One character completes the thought or action of another, adding a layer of meaning. The reader must contemplate why thes [...]

    Incredible document portraying changing and various moods among Europeans (mostly French but with a couple Brits and Czechs mixed in for flavor) during the few days leading up to the Munich Agreement, when nearly everyone was expecting war. Which they got eventuallyThe Reprieve was written in what I suppose at the time was a very innovative cinematic style, with the 'camera' cutting to new characters sometimes rapidly and never with the luxury of segue or exposition. Sometimes even without a new [...]

    La segunda entrega muestra la diversidad de las elecciones y los sujetos en el contexto previo a la segunda guerra. La alarma se declara, a formar filas, y todos deben decidir por que aunque se trate de ordenes, siempre uno puede elegir y la razón de hacerlo o no es también algo que les pertenece. Unos asistirán, pero mas tarde, antes verán a un amigo. Otros no sabrán quienes ni porque pelean. Muchos lo consideraran cuestión de patriotismo. Algunos creerán que ya era hora de que los cochi [...]

    "The Reprieve" is a bit of a disconcerting jumble to read, which is not exactly meant as a negative criticism. Sartre's structure -- shifting, sometimes mid-sentence, between characters, locations, and plot threads -- evokes the confusion and panic which infected France leading up to its direct involvement in WWII, on the eve of the forfeiture (and ultimate martyrdom) of Czechoslovakia. The title is ironic, of course, since in the end, France took it on the nose despite its efforts to avoid conf [...]

    “The Reprieve” is good, I’m getting into it now. It’s set in the eight days leading up to France’s declaration of war against Germany. At first it was hard because the book is about twenty characters in different plot lines in different places (Africa, Marseilles, Paris) all going simultaneously. Sometimes it will switch from one character’s story line to another without even saying something like “In Paris, Boris blah blah blah….” It just changes, sometimes in the middle of a [...]

    A great sequel to "Age of Reason". This one is a little difficult to follow at first, given the way that he jumps from setting to setting and character to character in the middle of paragraphs. The transition is almost invisible, which makes the book that much more interesting once one gets the flow of it. I found this effectively conveyed the emotion of uncertainty and confusion of life in pre-WWII France.I really liked how the characters were symbolic of the various factions at the negotiation [...]

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