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Wartime Diary

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Written from September 1939 to January 1941, Simone de Beauvoir’s Wartime Diary gives English readers unabridged access to one of the scandalous texts that threaten to overturn traditional views of Beauvoir’s life and work. Beauvoir’s account of her clandestine affair with Jacques Bost and sexual relationships with various young women challenges the conventional picture of ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2008 by University of Illinois Press (first published December 1st 1990)
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Sep 17, 2016 Maverick Blanton rated it really liked it
The time period is fascinating, and the insight into Beauvoir's thought process even more so. Still, her habit of calling everything 'insipid' got a little...insipid.
Jun 14, 2009 Christiane rated it really liked it
Normally diaries fascinate me at first and then, no matter the writer, slowly bore me to death. This was decidedly different. Beauvoir's (de Beauvoir's?) account of the early years of World War II in Paris is incredibly exciting and full of incredible insights. The way she writes through the various crises and depressing circumstances that surround her provide great lessons on how to make it through tough times. Plus, she keeps quite a few lovers and gossips about all of them.
Mar 19, 2010 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
A My first Simone de Beauvoir (besides The Second Sex in college). Excellent; her diary from the start of the war, philosophical letters with Sartre, excursions with her lovers, wartime fears and stress…She's a wonderful writer (reminded me of Anais Nin's diaries) and I will def be reading more of her!
Sep 29, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I kept comparing it to other diary-like books of the era and it kept falling flat. Being it is a diary, it is stream of consciousness. I know, it is what it is and puts us directly in the moment, but I really struggled with this.
Dianna LeFevre
Mar 23, 2009 Dianna LeFevre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, letters
Considering that it was just a went-here-did-this kind of journal with a bit of commentary, this was an amazingly good read. A good writer can make magic even out of the mundane.
Feb 25, 2009 Gita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The power of a strong intellect can change the world.
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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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