Nausea Book Summary and Study Guide

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Fresh from several years of travel, 30-year-old Antoine Roquentin settles in the French seaport town of Bouville to finish his research on the life of an 18th-century political figure. But during the winter of 1932 a "sweetish sickness" he calls nausea increasingly impinges on almost everything he does or enjoys -- his research project, the company of "The Self-Taught Man" who is reading all the books in the library, a pleasant physical relationship with a cafe owner named Francoise, his memories of Anny, an English girl he once loved ... even his own hands and the beauty of nature. Antoine is facing the troublesomely provisional and limited nature of existence itself; he embodies Sartre's theories of existential angst, and he searches anxiously for meaning in all the things that had filled and fulfilled his life up to that point.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Sartre's famous 1938 novel, with its relentless analysis of the
               consciousness of its protagonist, did much to popularize the
               concepts of existentialism
The review of this Book prepared by Yevgeny Bazarov

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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