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Les Belles Images

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"Non" ; elle a cri tout haut. Pas Catherine. Je ne permettrai pas qu'on lui fasse ce qu'on m'a fait. Qu'a-t-on fait de moi ? Cette femme qui n'aime personne, insensible aux beauts du monde, incapable mme de pleurer, cette femme que je vomis. Catherine : au contraire lui ouvrir les yeux tout de suite et peut-tre un rayon de lumire filtrera jusqu' elle, peut-tre elle s'en so

Hardcover, 257 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Gallimard (first published 1966)
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Bistra Ivanova
the book asks some really good questions about love, life and everything
it is also a little bit funny how they talk about the 90s as the distant future when there will be no more pain, hunger and suffering in the world

i quickly found myself smiling at de beauvoir's style of writing - the jumping between what's going on in the main character's head and the narrative of the story was pretty nice

although the book somehow seems "unfinished" to me now, i have to say i really enjoyed it
رمانی اگزیستانسالیستی همراه با شیفتگی ها و جذابیت های ناب خودش! خصوصا اینکه قهرمان داستان یک زن است (لورانس). از آن کتاب هایی است که دوست نداشتم تمام بشود! سطر سطر آن؛ تمام هذیان ها و با خود حرف زدن های لورانس، تمام از خود بیگانگی ها و آشفتگی ها، حاکی از وجدانی آگاه است که نمی خواهد تنها تصویر باشد، نمی خواهد نقش آفرینی کند: نقش یک دختر منظم، همسر دلسوز و مهربان، مادری فداکار، خواهری...
در تصاویر زیبا لورانس شخصیتی منقلب و دگرگون دارد، کسی که خودش نیست، به او یاد داده اند که چگونه باشد؛ وقتی عصبی
This is a fairly simple story by Simone de Beauvoir, published in 1966, some 20 years after her watershed essay Le Deuxieme Sexe (translated as either The Second Sex or The Other Sex). The theme has existentialist overtones, but it is presented in a gentler manner than the whomping, heavy existentialism of Beauvoir’s longtime companion Jean-Paul Sartre and their contemporary Albert Camus. The novel involves three generations of a family in turmoil. Fifty-year-old Dominque has left her husband of ...more
Eylem T
It's the success of an author to be timeless.Simone de Beauvoir is a woman that has a great understanding of her times problems.Especially for women ,she is a real courage.

In this book we see a woman who is not happy but pretends to be.She has everthing;a good job,a good husband and amazing daughters but she needs smth more which she has lost while trying to be stable.
Ariane Gagnon
Roman qui est toujours actuel.
Extrapole merveilleusement bien sur le fait que les gens aisés remplissent leurs vies de choses vides.
Jeu d'apparences.
Très baroque.
Athar .
"از زندگی اش احساس بیزاری می کند، ولی اصلن دلش نمی خواهد بمیرد: بدبختی یعنی همین." ...more
Христина Мирчева
Френска му работа! Но трябва да се отчита годината на създаване - 1966! Преди колко?

Българското издание на Фама, пълно с печатни грешки, е от 2008-ма. Превод - Мария Коева. Някои от думите ми е трудно да преглътна. Мисля, че тази авторка трябва отново да бъде преведена и преиздадена.

Вижте само какво пише в Уикипедия: "Макар и да не е официално записана там, Симон дьо Бовоар посещава курсове в Екол нормал, подготвяйки се за агрегация по философия, тежък следдипломен изпит във френската образовате
Rachel Aloise
I picked this up by chance as I found a lovely vintage folio edition (not the inexplicably tacky 70s cover) and as it happens, this book was the perfect companion read to Les Choses at the top of my TBR pile this weekend. Both stories explore very similar themes. In fact, Perec refers to ‘Les belles images’ as the ‘moral’ counterpart of his novella. Reading them both back-to-back left me in a reflective mood... The central themes of the real vs. the imaginary (virtual) and social alienation are ...more
When I finished this book I started clapping my hands. Yes, is that good.

Simone de Beauvoir's Les Belles Images is about the role of women in a modernizing French society during the 1960s. As a femme au foyer (a housewife), Laurence - the novel's narrator - supposedly enjoys "le privilège" of having "tout [sa] temps" (all her time). However, trapped in the social 'image' of what a 'proper' woman should be and suffocated by the confines of a patriarchal household, she eventually descends into anxiety and anorexia.

Although the novel is set in an era where machines are
Motaz Soliman
كتاب رائع بجد .. رواية جميلة .. عابها بس الترجمة ..
كانت غامضة الجداً في تفاصيل الشخصيات ..
وده كان السبب في طيران نجمة التواصل من التقييم
الموضوع وجودي بحت , حوالين سيطرة الأب و الام على الطفل .. حول إعتقداهم بحمايتة و هم في الواقع بيخنقوة ..
هو مش ملكهم عشان يتصرفوا فية ..
أولادكم ليسوا لكم .. اولادكم أبناء الحياة
دي رسالة سيمون في الرواية ..
بجد كتاب ساحر
کتاب بسیار زیبایی که ما را در پرسش های خود غرق می کند زمانی که دیگر تصاویر زیبا ما را به وجد نمی آورند زمانی که هیچ چیز ما را به وجد نمی آورد و هیچ چیز اندوهگین مان نمی کند و تنها آنچه بر جای مانده درون تهی و خالی ماست
Un court roman bien écrit, qui aborde les sujets de prédilections de Beauvoir: le travail/la place des femmes, les voyages, l'Histoire et le rapport de soi aux autres.
Puede que eligiera el peor momento para leer este libro, pero me dio muchísima rabia porque no podía dejar de compararlo con mi vida. Aquí está esta mujer, Laurence, que tiene un trabajo bien pagado como publicista en el que es buenísima pero que no le gusta, al que llegó sin esfuerzo, por recomendación de alguien, y que continúa haciendo por inercia. También tiene un marido con el que se casó por inercia, que lo único que parece tener en contra es un poco de sosería, y un amante apasionado, tam ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Núria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: los que quieran ver el extencialismo desde un punto de vista femenino/feminista
Lo confieso. Este libro lo compré exclusivamente por la portada. Y es que es una foto de París con la Torre Eiffel al fondo y con un cielo claro y azul. Preciosa. No esperaba mucho. Esperaba otra ración de aburridas divagaciones filosófico-existencialistas. Pero al final no. Y me ha encantado. Beauvoir quiere criticar la sociedad burguesa a través de una novelita, así que inevitablemente le acaba saliendo una novelita burguesa. La protagonista es Laurence que tiene un marido perfecto, dos hijas ...more
Amir ali
رمان تصاوير زيبا اثر سيمون دوبوآر، داستان زندگي زني به نام لورانس است كه بر اساس قوانين اجتماع، جوري مي زيد كه با كيستي واقعي اش تطابق ندارد. او نمي داند براي طغيان عليه زندگي اي كه او را با خودش غريبه كرده است چه بايد بكند. معشوق مي گيرد اما ديري نمي پايد كه مي فهمد شوهرش و معشوقش به يك ميزان خوب هستند و اين چيزي كه او را چون خوابگردي در دنيا سرگردان ساخته چيز ديگري است. در پايان كتاب لورانس تصميم مي گيرد كه فرزندانش را به گونه اي متفاوت با اصول قراردادي محيطش تربيت كند، آخرين جملات كتاب حس تلخ ...more
Simone de Beauvoir riesce sempre a mettermi addosso una strana inquietudine e a farmi riflettere anche sulle cose più scontate che mi/ci circondano. Apparentemente nella vita di Laurence non succede granché; ma il suo sentirsi inadeguata, diversa da tutti coloro che la circondano (cosa ho io in meno?) matura fino a comprendere quale sia la reale condizione di vita di chi la circonda.
I read this because I was so sad to finish The Mandarins. Luckily for me, everything Simone de Beauvoir writes is a variation on what came before it. This doesn't end very satisfactorily, but it is such a rich description of a woman trying to be a mother, daughter, wife and lover in the face of her own existentialism. I can't help but love her.

"You cry out, you weep, you wring your hands, as though there was something in life worth these cries, these tears, these convulsive motions. And it's not
Книга за женските терзания - "защо точно този мъж?", "справям ли се като майка?", "не искам да приличам на собствената си майка"... и в крайна сметка резултатът е еманципирана жена. Вплитането на мислите на главната героиня, изречени в първо лице, в разказа на автора, воден в трето лице, е леко затормозяващо за читателя, но само в началото.
Има я онази изискана френска атмосфера от първата половина на ХХ век - камина, питие, разговори за бъдещето, любови и изневери...
Не харесах особено много "Сло
اصلا کتاب جالبی نبود به نظر من اگه نویسنده درباره ی نظریاتش کتاب می نوشت بهتر از این بود تا رمان بنویس
Henry Pepper

Les Belles Image pulls back the covers on the moral corruption lurking just beneath the glossy surface of well-to-do Parisian society during the swinging 60s.

Laurence, the protagonist, has an abundance of material wealth and professional opportunities but she wonders, constantly, if is this all there is to life?

No happy endings to be found in this existential time travel. Just the perennial profound questions revisited, en francaise.
Excellente fin!
superbe! c'est interessant de retourner en arriere et de s'apercevoir que Simone de Beauvoir deja se poser des questions sur l'evolution moderne, l'absurdite du consumerisme, les difficultes de la femme qui entre dans la vie familiale et laisse de cote ses esperances personelles pour s'occuper de ses enfants. je me demande ce qu'elle dirait de notre temps?
May 04, 2013 Simone rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women
One of the best books I've ever read & talked a lot to my heart. I think it's best understood by women, though - it is very feminine in a good way, like the movie "The Virgins Suicide" is better understood through a female point of view. IMHO, an absolute must read.
Catherine Matte
C'était un bon livre, mais je suis restée sur ma faim... Le personnage de Laurence devient intéressant au dernier chapitre (et encore, les quelques dernières pages), et il y aurait eu matière à développer ce filon, à poursuivre dans cette lancée.
This book seemed simple and dull to me for a while until near the ending when the world shifted subtly, but massively because the doll of a main character makes a decision. The act of speaking what she thinks brings her to life.
Aardige zedenschets, maar de personages zijn niet boeiend genoeg of blijven teveel aan de oppervlakte om echt door het boek te worden geraakt. Wel goed geschreven.
An account of the well protected and somewhat naive childhood times of the authoress. Written in a captivating style.
(I read the German edition)
Christina knox
i love the way maman has her fads and gets all into balenciaga so she can pretend she's a gypsy even though she's rich and boring.
Päivi Brink
This was my first Beauvoir book. I read it when I was at high school and loved it. One of the reasons I ended up studying literature.
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"Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary femin ...more
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