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Nausea (New Directions Paperbook)

Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander Awww, cheer up, Sartre! Things can't be that bad, can they? This book is FANTASTIC if you are an angst-ridden teenager, sitting at home on a Friday night, stewing about all the people who don't "get" you, wondering why she goes out with those dumb jocks (can't she see what a sensitive guy you are?), contemplating what your bedroom would look like if only your parents would let you paint it black (with a black rug)... Fast forward 25 years, and the book looks like a bitter, indulgent, embarrassing excercise in self-pity. (kids: for best effect, play Pink Floyd's "The Wall" while reading!)