Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Nausea post III

I didn't manage to get to the end today so the climax of the book will have to wait until the morning.

Bullet points between pages 140 - 219

* Antoine abandons his history of the life of the Marquis de Rollebon and is at a loss to know what to do with himself and admits it is the visit to Abby that is keeping him going

* He goes for lunch with the Autodidact, who it turns out is a humanist, and they disagree and possessed by a nausea Antoine leaves the restaurant and heads off to the municipal park

* Once in the park a pivotal moment in the book occurs with him able to understand that his nausea is a feeling that results from a failure to determine the existence of everything

To exist is simply to be there; what exists appears, lets itself be encountered, but you can never deduce it. pg188


* You start to understand that the nausea is a result of the conflict between Antoine and reality, his reaction to people and objects around him

* Antoine decides to go and live in Paris and heads off to the capital to visit Anny deciding that afterwards he will quite Bouville

* meeting Abby is a strange experience because she also shares the same nausea type feelings but expresses it as a determination to enjoy special moments. When Antoine points out they share the same feelings she corrects him and says that she never went as far as expecting the world to fall into an order of her choosing

* They part with it quite clear that the relationship is over and that Abby could not solve his problems and he is on his own and that when he returns to Paris it will be without his old love

The last few pages will be digested tomorrow morning and then I'm tempted to delve into something else French...

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