Woman Destroyed (Pantheon Modern Writers) Paperback – 1987
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Praise for THE WOMAN DESTROYED:`In these immensely intelligent stories about the decay of passion, Simone de Beauvoir shares with other women novelists the ability to write about emotion in terms of direct experience. What is unique and supremely valuable in her work is the capacity to retain at the same time a coolness and critical detachment towards her material.' Sunday Times`Intensely readable, with a return to warmth and identification with the characters that made THE MANDARINS outstanding' New StatesmanPraise for Simone de Beauvoir:`Simone de Beauvoir is a writer whose every work I pounce on eagerly - her vision is so wide, the tale she tells is so interesting, her characterisation so psychologically profound' YORKSHIRE POST`Simone de Beauvoir has the true novelist's gift of selecting detail and creating individuals whilst refusing to sum up situations' A.S. BYATT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. She took a degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1929, and was placed second to Jean-Paul Satre, with whom her name was to be inextricably linked for the next fifty years. De Beauvoir taught in Marseille and Rouen during the 1930s and in Paris during the war. After Liberation she emerged as one of the leading figures of the existentialist movement and with Satre, Camus and many others, was to set the course of Left Bank intellectual life for many decades thereafter. Simone de Beauvoir ‘s first novel, ‘She Came to Stay’, was published in 1943. The book explored a woman’s quest for moral and intellectual self-determination, a theme which was to run throughout all her work. Author of six novels, de Beauvoir won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1954 for ‘The Mandarins’. ‘The Second Sex’, her classic account of the status and nature of women, was published in 1949; hugely influential, it confirmed de Beauvoir’s role as a pioneer in the development of post-war feminism. Her other writings include her four-volume autobiography, ‘Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter’, ‘The Prime of Life’, ‘Force of Circumstance’, ‘All Said and Done’, and a moving account of her relationship with her dying mother, ‘A Very Easy Death’. In her later years de Beauvoir was actively involved in many socialist and feminist causes, and in 1975 was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for ‘writers who have promoted the concept of individual liberty’. She died in 1986.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anyway, to get to the book, this book is not like "All Men are Mortal" or "The Second Sex" in that, there is less advocation and pontificating going on here (this is a neutral judgment, by the way). It is more straightforward fiction; I would liken it to a minimalization of Balzac's view for the French society: It captures three woman in sharp, short snapshots at specific points in lives. What comes of this? Read and find out.
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This third story, A Woman Destroyed," tells the tale of a woman whose children have left home, and she experiences empty nest syndrome, only to find out her husband has been having an affair for years, while discouraging her from seeking emplyment and encouraging her to put all her focus into the children and home. He is a real rat, but yet you can see that he is truly torn, taht he thinks he is somehow protecting his wife, while he is ultimately destroying her. The most compelling aspect is the wife her self, watching her slow demise.
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