Confessions, volumes 5 and 6


Read by Martin Geeson

(4.4 stars; 8 reviews)

"She was more to me than a sister, a mother, a friend, or even than a mistress, and for this very reason she was not a mistress; in a word, I loved her too much to desire her..."

More of the amours of the twentysomething Jean-Jacques: here initiated into a strangely compromised manhood by his "maman" and perennial comforter -

"Was I happy? No: I felt I know-not-what invincible sadness which empoisoned my happiness, it seemed that I had committed an incest, and two or three times, pressing her eagerly in my arms, I deluged her bosom with my tears. On her part, as she had never sought pleasure, she had not the stings of remorse..."

(Introduction by Martin Geeson)

(6 hr 28 min)

Chapters

01 - Vol. 5: "It was, I believe, in 1732..." 17:23 Read by Martin Geeson
02 - "At that time, the study I am now speaking of..." 18:42 Read by Martin Geeson
03 - "Behold me then so full of this concert..." 16:12 Read by Martin Geeson
04 - "This is, perhaps, the only time..." 18:03 Read by Martin Geeson
05 - "However this might be..." 20:21 Read by Martin Geeson
06 - "If some false principles misled her..." 17:30 Read by Martin Geeson
07 - "At Chambery they did not give us the trouble..." 20:19 Read by Martin Geeson
08 - "I am now about to relate another..." 17:21 Read by Martin Geeson
09 - "I now touch on the moment..." 18:00 Read by Martin Geeson
10 - "My uncle Bernard died at Carolina..." 19:15 Read by Martin Geeson
11 - "Any one would allow that it would have been..." 15:36 Read by Martin Geeson
12 - Vol. 6: "Hoc erat in votis..." 25:24 Read by Martin Geeson
13 - "Having left my scholars for so long..." 25:40 Read by Martin Geeson
14 - "From these studies I passed..." 16:50 Read by Martin Geeson
15 - "The writings of Port-Royal..." 19:14 Read by Martin Geeson
16 - "My health was not yet re-established..." 17:46 Read by Martin Geeson
17 - "We arrived at Valence to dinner..." 19:52 Read by Martin Geeson
18 - "I was so much better..." 17:29 Read by Martin Geeson
19 - "My impatience to arrive at Chambery..." 22:46 Read by Martin Geeson
20 - "Insensibly, I found myself desolate and alone..." 25:15 Read by Martin Geeson

Reviews

Excellent!

(5 stars)

Very entertaining read, and well read. Hoping Martin Geeson will continue recording the confessions. I would like to hear what happens when Rousseau goes to Paris!

good one

(5 stars)

This installment was quite entertaining. His descriptions of his virginal "stupidity" is humorous and relatable. His discussion of his studies was also useful and enlightening. I too hope this talented reader will continue this endeavor.