“Existentialism” by Jean-Paul Satre

By Ella

 I’m not going to lie. This is a tough book to read… It’s even tougher to understand. Mostly because of the way it’s written. Satre writes a lot of things backwards, so when you’re reading, you sometimes have to take a sentence and twist it around in your head or read it out loud real slow in order to fully understand it. These 95 pages took me about a month to read. There were times when I could only read 3 pages and had to put it down because the material is just that heavy… I spent most of my time writing down the words I didn’t understand and trying to relate the statements to my own life. Honestly, if I don’t understand a sentence, I can’t keep reading. How can I expect to understand what happens next if I don’t comprehend what took place before?