Talk:The Roads to Freedom

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The overview section is mostly one citation of a single source which is totally incorrect: "The first novel, L’âge de raison (1945; The Age of Reason), centers on philosophy student Mathieu Delarue’s uncertainty over whether to devote himself to his pregnant mistress or to his political party." Mathieu is not a student, he doesn't belong to any party, and has uncertainties of a completely different nature.

This puts under question the entire source.--Icidae (talk) 10:23, 25 December 2014 (UTC)


I agree with user Icidae. The first sentence of the 'Overview' is just wrong - Mathieu is not a philosophy student, he's a philosophy teacher. The sentence also contradicts the (correct) second paragraph at the top of the article. Also the reference to 'his political party' is particularly misleading as one of the central themes of the novel is Mathieu's reluctance to commit to the Communist party or anything else. I'm going to change this if nobody objects in a week or so.

I also think the 'Interpretation' section relies too heavily on one source. Apart from the first sentence, the section consists only of quotes from Gary Cox. I feel that the following quote from Cox, in which he describes the characters in The Age of Reason as "a group of largely pathetic, emotionally immature characters who are too self-absorbed to really notice or care about the gathering clouds of war that will soon change their narrow little lives beyond recognition" is a decidedly disapproving assessment of the characters and one with which other readers might well disagree. For balance, this section needs another voice. The 'Shifting Viewpoints' section by contrast is excellent. TuttiFruttiCherryPie (talk) 01:56, 18 February 2015 (UTC)