Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre
Sartre describes the most beautiful and most horrible parts of the human experience and examines existence with detail and grace. The writing was captivating, and the revelations were reminiscent of ancient philosophical discussions regarding Qualia and Essence. The idea and epiphanies regarding existence include that essence is separate from existence, and that it is an extension of existence. The love story was unusual, and felt as thought it were told in a way that defied time, with no real beginning or end. The main character's love interest, Anny, describes him as a fundamental axis by which her idea of life rotates. We often create pillars of our lives to make us feel stable and to give us purpose, without realizing that all things are subject to change. Truly a gorgeous book, one that I will have to analyze over time and perhaps read again.