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At the Existentialist Caf
At the Existentialist Caf: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails | Sarah Bakewell
Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, "You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!" From this moment of inspiration, Sartre will create his own extraordinary philosophy of real, experienced life e" of love and desire, of freedom and being, of cafés and waiters, of friendships and revolutionary fervour. It is a philosophy that will enthral Paris and sweep through the world, leaving its mark on post-war liberation movements, from the student uprisings of 1968 to civil rights pioneers. At the Existentialist Café tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. From the e~king and queen of existentialisme(tm) e" Sartre and de Beauvoir e" to their wider circle of friends and adversaries including Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Iris Murdoch, this book is an enjoyable and original journey through a captivating intellectual movement. Weaving biography and thought, Sarah Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and that tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.
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Oblomov26
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Well I have always been interested in the existentialists and this is a great primer on the subject. Part discussion on the underlying philosophy of existentialism part history of the movement focussing on both the French and the German schools. What came across to me was how flawed these philosophers were; volatile, sensitive, friendships breaking and reforming, and in one case associating with Nazi‘s. But they lived an examined life.

Velvetfur That book is on my TBR, having heard of it on here! I love existentialism, and this is a great review which gives me a really good idea of what this book is like - thank you! 4mo
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LeePeckover
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An interesting look at Satre and Simone de Beauvoir. With an insight into some of Camus and Heidegger.
Sarah Bakewell makes some complex philosophy far more accessible.
Beauvoir is frequently referred to in glowing terms. Personally, I much prefer the writing of Camus, but it's interesting reading a different perspective.

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alisahar
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I love reading about historical moments like this. I am really enjoying this book and reading through at a leisurely place while I speed through some other books.

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alisahar
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Long train ride from Boston to NYC, but with some good company. I could use an apricot cocktail right now.

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LeePeckover
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Pub sitting for someone and missing my books. Turned to Audible for now. But what do I read first? 🤔

LeePeckover And is it 'reading'? 1y
RJHowe Istanbul looks fascinating 1y
DebbieGrillo Pub sitting? 1y
LeePeckover @DebbieGrillo Yep! It's like house sitting, only for a friend who manages and lives in a pub! 1y
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youneverarrived
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Reading about existentialism and drinking Guinness - this could go one of two ways 😂 #bookandabeverage #riotgrams

merelybookish Have fun! (I loved this author's book on Montaigne. Is this one good?) 2y
Leftcoastzen Are you liking it so far? The book I mean , Guinness always good! Still on my TBR. 2y
youneverarrived @merelybookish yeah, it‘s really good so far. I‘m about halfway through. I‘d recommend it if you‘re interested in philosophy at all. I‘m definitely learning from it. 2y
youneverarrived @Leftcoastzen I‘m really liking it. It‘s partly written as a biography of the people that ‘made‘ existentialism and how it came about etc. and partly about the philosophy itself. Really accessible though. 2y
Cathythoughts Sláinte ?Guinness is good for you ? 2y
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youneverarrived
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Thndrstd I‘m curious what you think of this. I think I want to read it but I don‘t know anyone who‘s read it 2y
Leftcoastzen It‘s been sitting on my TBR for a while. 2y
youneverarrived @Thndrstd I‘ll let you know. It‘s really interesting so far. If you‘re interested in existentialism then I think you‘d be interested in it in the way it portrays the way the philosophy ‘came to life‘. 2y
youneverarrived @Leftcoastzen I‘d be interested in what you think of it! 2y
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youneverarrived
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Starting a new book on the way to London 🧡 I feel like I‘ve been reading a lot of ‘light‘ books lately so looking forward to this.

Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻 2y
catebutler This is an excellent book! 2y
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MJSanty
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This book is less of a philosophy book and more of a history of philosophy book. Though it discusses the ideas of the philosophers surrounding the 20th century existentialist movement it is more interested in the people in themselves. Their relationships with each other, their intellectual interests, the events surrounding their lives, etc. This makes the content easier to digest and enjoyable by a wider audience. Greatly enjoyed it!

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mrozzz
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At #bookcon totally overwhelmed (it's my first). Finally bought up At the Existentialist Cafe for $10. 👍🏻 highly recommend for all book nerds next year. (Major book haul photo to come)

BookBabe 🙌🏻 Have fun! I'll be there tomorrow 😊 3y
mrozzz @BookBabe wooooo enjoy 😊 3y
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RowReads1
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I picked up this book that's been on my TBR list for #Independentbookstoreday. The other is a library hold that came in. ⚜️

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SpecsyBeast

"'To the things themselves!' Don't waste time on the interpretations that accrue upon things, and especially don't waste time wondering whether the things are real. Just look at this that's presenting itself to you, whatever this may be, and describe it as precisely as possible."

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smccallum
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Holiday reading plans!

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smccallum
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Managing to cram in some late night reading before term finishes tomorrow

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Eyejaybee
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This is a simply marvellous book: informative and entertaining, though it never succumbs to the risk of dumbing down its subject. All together a dazzling book. See my goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25658482-at-the-existentialist-caf

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BookishMarginalia
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A lonely commute for me today, as @WanderingBookaneer is sick 😕 -- twentieth century philosophers kept me company.

LornaDH Saw this at the bookstore recently. Intrigued. 3y
Cinfhen Like the view out your car window 😍 3y
Vikz I really loved this book 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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New audiobook. I'm alternating with "Trump Revealed," because well, I need palate cleansers. Hope you have a good day, Littens! (And heartfelt thank yous for all the lovely anniversary wishes yesterday! ???)

Gina Palate cleanser I love that. 3y
RealBooks4ever What she said ^^^ 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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@BookishMarginalia and I are enjoying this audiobook. #SeptimusCat may not be.

Laalaleighh He's enjoying his nap. 3y
Bookwitchery Oh my God he looks so much like my Max, my much loved black cat that blessed our lives until he was 16. I love black cats. We have a 6yo girl now named Raven. She makes a great reading companion. Thanks for sharing this picture 3y
WanderingBookaneer @Bookwitchery : ❤️We have two black cats. #TrickyCat , who is 3, and Septimus, 6 months. 3y
tpixie Love black cats!! 3y
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Eyejaybee
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Coffee enhancing my existentialist studies ... and existence itself (though this marvellous book is not in need of any external enhancement). #existentialism #philosophy #coffeeandbooks

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Ross
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WOOT! I've been waiting for my chance to get this one for about a YEAR!

Krisjericho I don't know much about Sarte, so I'm really curious about this one. 3y
Ross Honestly, he's my favorite! I've got tons of his stuff. I'll get some to you. 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Today's Library Haul!!

RowReads1 Bakewell's book is on my TBR list. 3y
Alicia The Red Car is so good!! 3y
CotziasReads Just finished the Red Car loved it! 3y
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BooksForYears
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@bookriot #riotgrams day 5 - bookish goods

I love books. I love tote bags. When they come together it's a beautiful thing! I (secretly) wish that publishers would release matching totes for all of their books.

Gissy Yes, another bookish that I collect! I think I'm crazy 😳 3y
SheilaChew I want to read both of those books! 3y
monkeygirlsmama Ooh what a great idea that would be. 💡 3y
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JoeStalksBeck Dear gawd! I need the one on the right, like right now! 3y
diovival I am experiencing a bit of tote envy. 3y
Hooked_on_books I would love it if publishers did that! Do you think a petition would work? 😂 3y
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Waynegjr
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vivastory This book looks very interesting. It seems to present the existentialists in a lively, engaging way. 3y
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Waynegjr
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Jury duty:The summons specifically says "please bring something to read". Is this overkill?

MaryAnn1 We could be besties!! 3y
Marchpane It's your civic duty to read these books! 3y
Pruzy The Existentialist Cafe was amazing! 3y
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TheBookStacker I desperately want Lincoln In The Bardo 3y
BooksForYears Probably not overkill at all! 3y
Megld4 Of course not! You have to be prepared. 3y
corkymariee I just finished The Vegetarian! 3y
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KendallMorganHall
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Book #2. I used to read a ton of philosophy so i'm excited to learn more about Sartre.

jessicarenee I won a copy of this from my library's summer reading program last year. I love the title. (Still haven't read it but I'm looking forward to whenever I do! 🙃) 3y
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catpdx
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Books and pie: the way to my heart. #🍒

bitterbear “This must be where pies go when they die.”

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MrBook Great pic!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
catpdx @bitterbear Yes! 😂 Damn fine cup of coffee, too. 3y
catpdx @MrBook Not a bad afternoon 🙂 3y
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Sararl77
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What a fascinating book! I haven't read any philosophy since college but found this an excellent and fun reintroduction to some of the 20th centuries great thinkers. I recommend reading with the cocktail of your choosing.

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Dawilson8655
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Great book on how the existentialist movement unfolded. The story smoothly flows and the lives of these great minds are brilliantly painted.

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Seagan8
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"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom"
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MrBook Interesting. Eager to hear your thoughts when you finish this. I've been hesitant to TBR it, but I may still. 😊👍🏻 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Does apricot count? 😜 #augustphotochallenge #peachycolouredbooks . This is a great book anyway - worth a mention and looks peachy to me!

SusanInTiburon Ha ha! 3y
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IntellectualHermit
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"You might think you have defined me by some label, but you are wrong, for I am always a work in progress."

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vtriay
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I'm responsible for everything I do.

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cykitan
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Waynegjr
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Bravo Other Press swag department. I'm really enjoying these chocolate cigarettes.