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Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau
ISBN: 1404300902
ISBN13: 978-1404300903
Language: English
Publisher: IndyPublish (February 1, 2002)
Pages: 544
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The confessions of jean-jacques rousseau. JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU was born in Geneva in 1712

The confessions of jean-jacques rousseau. JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU was born in Geneva in 1712. Abandoned by his father at the age of ten he tried his hand as an engraver’s apprentice before he left the city in 1728. From then on he was to wander Europe seeking an elusive happiness. At Turin he became a Catholic convert; and as a footman, seminarist, music teacher or tutor visited many parts of Switzerland and France. In 1732 he settled for eight years at Chambéry or at Les Charmettes, the country house of Madame de Warens, remembered by Rousseau as an idyllic place in the Confessions.

The Confessions is an autobiographical book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Covering the first fifty-three years of Rousseau's life, up to 1765, it was completed in 1769, but not published until 1782, four years after Rousseau's death, even though Rousseau did read excerpts of his manuscript publicly at various salons and other meeting places.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: /ˈruːsoʊ/, US: /ruːˈsoʊ/; French: ; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: /ˈruːsoʊ/, US: /ruːˈsoʊ/; French: ; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau remains an important figure in the history of philosophy, both because of his contributions to political philosophy and moral psychology and because of his influence on later thinkers.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau remains an important figure in the history of philosophy, both because of his contributions to political philosophy and moral psychology and because of his influence on later thinkers

By Jean Jacques Rousseau. Book I. I have entered upon a performance which is without example, whose accomplishment will have no imitator.

By Jean Jacques Rousseau. Privately Printed for the Members of the Aldus Society. I mean to present my fellow-mortals with a man in all the integrity of nature; and this man shall be myself. I know my heart, and have studied mankind; I am not made like any one I have been acquainted with, perhaps like no one in existence; if not better, I at least claim originality, and whether Nature did wisely in breaking the mould with which she formed me, can only be determined after having read this work.

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Part I of Rousseau's "Confessions" is one of the greatest autobiographies I've read with the author plumbing the depths of his soul to recount his deepest desires, loves, emotions and disappointments. Unfortunately, I thought that much of Part II disintegrates into a mere gossipy retelling of his alienation from his friends and society and doesn't have the same force as the first part. I continue to think that Nabokov's "Speak Memory" is the greatest autobiography ever written (and I'm quite sure that he was inspired by Rousseau) but "Confessions" is a very close second. Incidentally, my other favorite autobiographies include:

Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday
Elias Canetti, The Tongue Set Free
Walter Benjamin, Berlin Childhood Around 1900
Abbie Hoffman, Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
Edward Said, Out of Place
Andre Aciman, Out of Egypt
The Confessions will not appeal to everyone, but if you are like me who likes to temper my everyday reading with history and historical figures you will do well to tackle this one by the great Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
I say "tackle" because it is quite a formidable size and took me some weeks to complete, and I at some stage almost gave up!
However I am glad I persevered because I can now claim to know something of this man and more importantly, something of this period.
Published after Rousseau died, it was, like all of his works, written in the eighteenth century so it is a little difficult to grasp the vernacular of that period to begin with but once accustomed to the idiom it sings along and regardless of your opinion you DO get to know him with all his foibles.
I liked him. I think he was a gentle genius albeit a little paranoid at times and certainly not always "timid of heart" as he continually professes to be.
The upper echelons of European society were quite a "nasty" lot in the main. You were either accepted or not in that heady environment (and women had the most clout) which meant you were either accepted or perished.However Jean-Jacques was quite capable of throwing a few hand grenades into the mix when he so chose!
In the beginning Jean-Jacques was feted and much loved but his downfall came with the printing of his Emile when he became reviled and refused residency in France and Geneva (his home state)and the book was either banned or ceremoniously burnt!
His love life was interesting to say the least. I felt he had a mother complex as he was drawn to older women when he was still very young and in fact called Mme. de Warens, his first (and greatest love of his life) Mamma!
He later settles with Therese who was an illiterate seamstress and spends the rest of his days with her.I am puzzled about this relationship on a number of scores. For a man of such sensitivity and talent I can't imagine why this relationship should endure as they would have been on a completely different intellectual plane. To compound this unlikely connection, Jean-Jacques has five children with Therese and he insisted that all of them were handed over to the Foundling Hospital at birth. As a mother, I find this quite unforgivable on the part of Jean-Jacques as it appears he had no empathy towards his partner on this subject and surely she suffered terribly as a result.
There is no doubting his genius and to think his works were being written around twenty years before the French Revolution one has to admire him. In fact his works were influential in the ideology of the French Revolution.
So much to say about him and so little time, however I must make one more comment in defence of this complex man.
He suffered with some anomaly of his renal system throughout his life which caused urinary retention which forced him to self catheterise.
Hygiene in those days was in general poor and one can imagine his catheterisation being done under less than ideal conditions. As a result infection would have been a real risk which would have made his life hellish as he describes on many occasions.
So, a complex man, but without doubt a mover and shaker of his time and he can look down from his "heaven" and be satisfied that he is remembered some two hundred years later as a great man and a national hero.
While I was actually reading this book, I blogged quite a bit about the reading experience. Rousseau is hands-down the most irritating narrator that I have read since A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Rousseau is so self-absorbed that he moves past pathetic into loathesome and back again. He starts his career as an exhibitionist, moves into petty theft, buys an 11 year old girl for unpleasant purposes, forces his mistress to abandon their children at a foundling's home, alienates everyone who tries to help him, and generally seems lost in paranoia and self-aggrandizement.

I've read a lot of reviews of this book where people refer to his excesses in a "gee, shucks" kind of way and then to go on and note that by the end of the book, they had actually come to like the guy. I have to say that this wasn't at all my experience. By the time that I finished the book, I had a strong desire to take a hot bath.

None of which is to say that I think that you should skip The Confessions. On the contrary. I understand why it is an important book, and it isn't always necessary to like the narrator in order to get something out of the reading experience. (If that were the case, nobody would ever read Proust again.)

So why should you read The Confessions? You should read it if you have an interest in autobiography-- it is the first major secular biography produced by the west. You should read it if you have any interest in the history or philosophy of the Enlightenment. Here is the core of so much of those ideas. Finally, you should read it if you're interested in people. Rousseau is, if nothing else, quite a character. And you've got to give him credit for being willing to be so honest about his flaws and failings.

(This said, I have the distinct impression that he probably would have been shocked by the response to his little peccadillos. Perspective didn't seem to be one of his key strengths. At the end of The Confessions, he says: "For my part, I publicly and fearlessly declare that anyone, even if he has not read my writings, who will examine my nature, my character, my morals, my likings, my pleasures, and my habits with his own eyes and can still believe me a dishonourable man, is a man who deserves to be stifled.")

I read the Penguin Classics edition, which is translated and introduced by J.M. Cohen. I appreciated that they left the notes in situ, but I occasionally wished that there had been more of them-- particularly when it came to mentions of writers and thinkers who had been important to Rousseau's development.
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