At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others

Sarah Bakewell's Existentialist Café Book Reviews Summary

Ratings Breakdown

Rated 4.5 by 1,628 people

Pros from Reviews

  • Informative overview
  • Accessible explanations
  • Engaging writing style
  • Rekindles passion for philosophy
  • Combines history and philosophy
  • Helpful for non-experts
  • Well-written and poetic
  • Recreates the era

Cons from Reviews

  • Some oversimplified summaries
  • Lapses into glibness
  • Repetitive stories
  • Skippable familiar anecdotes
  • Limited discussion on philosophy's importance
  • Abrupt treatment of philosophical topics
  • Some philosophical humbug

Notable Features

World History
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