Confessions, volumes 3 and 4

Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU (1712 - 1778)

“The smallest, the most trifling pleasure that is conveniently within my reach, tempts me more than all the joys of paradise.”

Here again is the youthful, hero-worshipping Jean-Jacques – displaying an emotional immaturity that leads him into picaresque escapades in the company of transients and misfits, always ending in reunion with mother-surrogate Madame de Warens.

In a literally unprecedented gesture of self-revelation, Rousseau opens Volume 3 exposing himself indecently in dark alleyways. This 1903 edition fails to appreciate the humorous strangeness of the passage and removes it to protect the reader. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): Psychology, Memoirs

Language: English

Group: The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Vol. 3: "Leaving the service of Mme de V..." Martin Geeson
00:17:45
Play 02 02 - "Mlle de Breil was about my own age..." Martin Geeson
00:17:24
Play 03 03 - "There were at Turin several new converts..." Martin Geeson
00:16:49
Play 04 04 - "How did my heart beat..." Martin Geeson
00:18:48
Play 05 05 - "I never recollect to have enjoyed the future..." Martin Geeson
00:14:15
Play 06 06 - "This life was too delightful..." Martin Geeson
00:18:44
Play 07 07 - "What a change! but I was obliged..." Martin Geeson
00:15:42
Play 08 08 - "I was destined to be the outcast..." Martin Geeson
00:19:41
Play 09 09 - "The Chapter of Geneva..." Martin Geeson
00:18:19
Play 10 10 - Vol. 4: "Let anyone judge my surprise..." Martin Geeson
00:18:31
Play 11 11 - "Arrived at Toune, and myself well dried..." Martin Geeson
00:17:12
Play 12 12 - "One morning, when he expected to give audience..." Martin Geeson
00:18:54
Play 13 13 - "I did not return to Nion..." Martin Geeson
00:17:18
Play 14 14 - "It is a long time since I mentioned..." Martin Geeson
00:16:24
Play 15 15 - "We began our expedition unsuccessfully..." Martin Geeson
00:18:19
Play 16 16 - "How much did Paris disappoint..." Martin Geeson
00:18:57
Play 17 17 - "One day, among others..." Martin Geeson
00:19:13
Play 18 18 - "I remained at Lyon seven or eight days..." Martin Geeson
00:20:48