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The Woman Destroyed

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,834 Ratings  ·  337 Reviews
The pains of growing older, the onset of loneliness, the creeping indifference of a loved one and the decay of passion: in The Woman Destroyed, Simone de Beauvoir undertakes a compelling journey into the sources of our vulnerability through three tales of women trapped by circumstance and trying to rebuild their lives. In the collection's title story Monique attempts to pi ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 16th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 1967)
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Timothy Schirmer
May 29, 2013 Timothy Schirmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*Note – This review only concerns “The Woman Destroyed”, the third and longest story in this book.

Several years ago, shortly after finishing “The Mandarins”, Simone De Beauvior's tour de force novel, I came across an article titled: “Are Good Books Bad for You?” I immediately thought of De Beauvior’s fiction. Like nothing else I’ve ever read, her fiction has the ability to influence my emotions and my opinions in a deep and powerful way. It’s nearly dangerous, I think, the depth at which she str
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Domenica
May 05, 2013 Domenica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read such emotionally resonate fiction in a while. There are moments in The Woman Destroyed (comprised of 3 long short stories, more like novellas to me) that are truly heart-wrenching, making me wince or catch my breath sharply mid-sentence.

These passionate stories are (very generally and contradictorily) about the decay of passion in the lives of women between the ages of 45 - 60. It is an unglamorous age and one that (personally) I have not encountered much in fiction, especially fr
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Arja Salafranca
Feb 12, 2012 Arja Salafranca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stories, 'The Age of Discretion', 'Monologue' and 'The Woman Destroyed' make up this volume. 'The Age of Discretion' deals with ageing, loss, and a woman's refusal to accept her son's career choice as she stares down the tunnel of age. 'Monologue' was unreadable, a woman's rant through New Year's eve celebrations, she's in her forties, all alone, bitter, twisted. By far the most powerful piece was 'The Woman Destroyed'. Monique is forty-four, happy in her long marriage to Maurice. The nove ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
Jan 21, 2017 Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was amazing
To ANYONE who wants to read this: PLEASE don't read this edition. Its a fantastic book, but the translation and editing in this edition are preposterous.

Putting the translation aside, this book is a collection of short stories, all three of which portray the life of middle-aged women experiencing an identity crisis. The female protagonist of each story belongs to a group of women that Beauvoir briefly discussed in the second sex, the women whose sexuality has been stolen from them, women who hav
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Elinaz Ys
Nov 17, 2014 Elinaz Ys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وقتى اين كتاب رو مى خواندم مدام فكر ميكردم آيا يك مرد هم ميتونه تمام اين حس ها رو بدون كوچكترين تمسخرى درك كنه؟يا اين همون قسمتى از دردهاى زن بودن هست كه ازش به اسم احساسات زنانه نام برده ميشه؟؟
اينكه قطعا سيمون اين درد رو چشيده كه تونسته تا اين حد واضح بنويسه شكى نيست!اما من نميفهمم چرا اصرار داريم بگيم اين سيمون،سيمون روشنفكر نيست؟يعنى يك روشنفكر نميتونه يكبار در برابر احساساتش به زانو دراومده باشه يا به جنون رسيده باشه؟
Jennie Rogers
Reading devastating French literature on public transport is my fave pastime
Caitlin
Sep 08, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars, but I didn't enjoy it. If a book can move me the way this one moved me, I consider it a great book. However, I felt so bad for the characters in this set of 3 short stories (one in particular) that I finished it literally feeling angry! I was glad to finish it.
Raquel
ENGLISH / SPANISH-- The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir. Warning: do not read this if you can't stand unlikeable characters. For the rest of you: don't miss this. In a current world where readers demand strong female role-models, the so-called "badass" heroines (kick-ass, fierce, strong...), it might seem weird to read about the thoughts and reflections of women passed their 40's and even in their 60's, full of flaws, of doubts, of failures. But these are the exact same lives that will mak ...more
Mahya
تا به حال از خواندن کتابی اینقدر اعصابم به هم نریخته بود! نتوانستم درک کنم منظور نویسنده را که چرا زن داستانش اینقدر بی دست و پا و بی اراده و سست و ضعیف و بی اعتماد به نفس است که بدون یک مرد زندگیش را هیچ و به فنا رفته میداند. زن داستان خود را دستی دستی به نیستی میکشاند و اخرش چه؟ اخر داستان هیچ.... خلاصه که خوشم نیامد:-\
Hamideh
Feb 01, 2016 Hamideh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب چشم آدم رو باز میکنه...برای من که عالی بود و از همین الان توصیه کردنش رو شروع کردم. باید برای درس گرفتن خوند اصلن این کتابو
Nastaran
Jul 07, 2015 Nastaran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب شامل دو داستان درباره زنانی دردمند است که در جامعه ای مرد سالار زندگی میکنند.
اولی، در میانسالی متوجه خیانت همسری میشود که تا قبل از آن لحظه، مردی صادق و پاک و خانواده دوست می نمود ولی اکنون انتظار دارد که همسرش خیانتش را پذیرا باشد. :|

و دیگری، زنی است در آستانه ی ورود به دوران پیری.
قادر به پذیرش این تغییر بزرگ نیست و همچنان بر اصول اولیه زندگی اش اصرار می ورزد.
استقلال فکری تنها فرزندش را نمیپذیرد و خود را مواجه شده با سوالات و ابهاماتی درمورد همسر و فرزندش می یابد که مایه ی تشویشش شده
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Pucca
"-De ce nu mi-ai spus imediat?
M-a privit timid și mi-a spus, cu regret în glas:
-Spuneai că ai muri de supărare...
-Așa se spune.
Deodată mi-a venit să plâng: nu voi muri, și asta era cel mai trist."


Femeia sfâșiată este o colecție de trei nuvele ale căror personaje principale sunt femei cu probleme în căsnicie: îmbatrânirea, crize existențiale, adulterul, depresia, gelozia, neîncrederea și disperarea. Simone de Beauvoir a reușit să realizeze analize lucide și în profunzime ale psihologiei feminim
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Sara
Sep 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Debo confesar que lo que más me ha impresionado de este libro ha sido, sin duda, leerlo a la vez que El segundo sexo. Ir intercalando ese ensayo, esa exposición de ideas, opiniones, datos, etc. Con una crítica, porque es lo que encarna este libro: la crítica, muestra hechos y rezuma crítica en ellos.
La primera de las historias me ha resultado ciertamente penosa en muchos puntos: esa "negación" a envejecer y la irremediable realidad, esa pérdida de las creencias, de los valores, de lo que se es c
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Baahaarmast
Jan 06, 2013 Baahaarmast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فکر میکنم برای این کتاب چیزی ننوشته بودم تا دوباره بخوانمش. خانم مترجم به طرز ِ رقتانگیزی تاکید میکند "اگرچه دوبووار گوشههای پراکندهای از زندگی خود را در سرگذشت زن(زن ِ کتاب) گنجاده، اما در مجموع این زن شباهتی به سیمون دوبووار روشنفکر، صاحبقلم و پرآوازه ندارد" همین و اصرار دیگری که هم در پیشگفتار و هم در پشت کتاب بر آن تاکید شده که این زن، زن ِ داستان بسیار آدمِ ساده و معمولیای هست، باعث میشود دلت بخواهد بلند بلند بخندی! به مترجم، ناشر و هرکسی که اینطور فکر میکند.
بله؛ این زن بسیار ساده و در جاه
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Ivana
Jan 15, 2017 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Сакам вакви кратки новели, што буквално ме акнуваат од земја. Напишано во форма на дневник, читливо, но многу многу потресно. Кратко ама психоделично. На никого не би му посакала вакво нешто слично. Исто ме интересираше да ја прочитам новелава поради тоа што писателката била во врска со Сартр. Темата е бракот, индивидуалноста, и изневерувањето. Ова многу ме посетува на Бужаровска и нејзината збирка раскази "Мојот маж".
Michelle
Mar 14, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although all three stories in this collection are about women between 40 and 65 facing some kind of crisis, and all of them are exquisitely written, they are otherwise very different. In the first story, the narrator, a successful literary analyst, must come to terms with the fact that her son does not really share the dreams she has for him and is no longer under her influence. At the same time, her latest book bombs, and begins to doubt everything in her life. The story ends on an uplifting no ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
La femme rompue, Simone de Beauvoir
عنوان: زن وانهاده؛ اثر: سیمون دوبوار؛ مترجم: ناهید فروغان؛
با عنوان «زن در هم شکسته» همراه یک داستان دیگر در سال 1364 با ترجمه ناصر ایراندوست، توسط انتشارات اردیبهشت منتشر شده

چیزی پشت در کمین کرده است، اگر تکان نخورم باز نخواهد شد، بیحرکت ماندن برای همیشه متوقف کردن زمان و مکان و زندگیست. ولی میدانم که تکان خواهم خورد، در به آرامی باز خواهد شد، و آنچه را پشت در است خواهم دید، آینده... در ِ آینده باز خواهد شد، به آرامی. به طور حتم اکنون بر آستانه ی آن ایستاده ام
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Dominique
Aug 06, 2014 Dominique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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¿Qué es de la mujer cuando se espera del otro la completitud? Una mujer rota.
Tres cuentos, tres miradas, tres mujeres rotas que relatan desde qué lugar se posicionan frente a la falta (sean los hijos, el marido, la juventud, el trabajo); con angustia, sufrimiento y síntomas.
Me fascinó el segundo cuento, "Monólogo". Leído de un tirón, se siente verdaderamente la angustia en carne propia. Qué moderna era Simone, se siente estar leyendo la entrada de un blog.
Amé su forma de expresión y la elecci
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Tres Trece
Podría escribir mucho sobre este libro pero solo diré: estúpida, mi corazón, idiota!

bye.
Soycd
Jan 25, 2017 Soycd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Algunas cosas nunca cambian. A pesar de las conquistas de los movimientos feministas y las discusiones sobre los roles de genero a través de los años, la mayoría de las mujeres aun nos encontramos transitando los caminos que la sociedad patriarcal ha delimitado cuidadosamente para nosotras. ¿Que significa ser una mujer absolutamente libre? ¿Existe tal cosa en realidad? Estos son algunos de los interrogantes que plantea esta obra maravillosa e inmortal.

Como Simone de Beauvoir nos dice en el prefa
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Giulia Iannunzio
Vorrei spendere due parole sul libro di Simone de beauvoir appena letto. Prima di tutto vorrei parlare della sua scrittura, molto scorrevole, piacevole e molto evocativa che si conforma bene con i tre racconti di cui ha scritto: semplicemente splendidi, perché è riuscita a descrivere tre condizioni in cui la donna si ritrova su un punto di crisi: quando scopre di essere tradita, quando si accorge che sta invecchiando, quindi il tempo che scorre e infine la perdita di un proprio figlio. Con la su ...more
Topf
I am the type of person who loves characters above all. I want very human figures and I want to feel with them and I want them to surprise me and remind of of the fact that no formula is ever going to let me understand what an individual is. But this depth and this humanity cannot end up on the extreme of randomness. Simone de Beauvoir's third story in this book has had me thinking about the protagonist of the story for weeks. I felt so strong for her. I worried about her. I asked myself and her ...more
Aleksandar Šegrt
uzeo sam ovu knjigu prvenstveno jer me je zanimalo kako je razmišljala žena koja je provela život sa sartrom.
ima neke bergmanovske težinčine u njenom pisanju, ali pre svega utisak je obdukcije ženske psihotičnosti u koju nas uvodi bez ikakvih rezervi (i za to najviša ocena). osećaj teskobe me prožimao pri pomisli koliko je moralo biti naporno živeti s njom, ili još gore biti ona, s tim na grbači (ne sumnjam da je ovo lično, nemoguće je drugačije).
p.s. volim da otvorim slike na netu i analiziran
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Verónica Toro
Leer este libro, y en especial el cuento 'La mujer rota', me dolió demasiado. Nunca había sentido eso, que la ficción me pudiera causar tanto dolor.
Shiva rsh
Dec 18, 2016 Shiva rsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

به نظرم می رسد دیگر کاری برای انجام دادن ندارم. همیشه چیزی بود که باید انجام میدادم. حالا بافتن، آشپزی، خواندن، گوش دادن به موسیقی، همه و همه به نظرم بیهوده است. عشق او به هر لحظه زندگیم اهمیت خاصی میداد. زندگی پوچ شده، همه چیز پوچ شده: اشیاء ، لحظات و خودم

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ماری لامبر میگوید وقتی آدم انقدر سقوط می کند، دیگر فقط می تواند صعود کند.
چه حرف ابلهانه ای!
همیشه میشود پایین و پایین تر رفت، و بازهم ، و بازهم پایین تر. پایان ندارد. از دست من ذله شده. همه از دست من ذله شدند. تراژدی تا مدتی جالب است، به آن
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Alexandra
Si alguien pensaba que Sartre era depresivo debería leer a su novia... Me gustaron mas los dos primeros relatos "monólogo" y "la edad de la discreción". En la mujer rota está la anti-tesis de la mujer autónoma y moderna, además es una crítica muy profunda a las debilidades femeninas, realidades crudas acerca de la dependencia hacia lo masculino y la soledad en la que se puede caer cuando se olvida de sí misma para convertirse únicamente en un accesorio de la pareja
Pooya Kiani
اگر ستارهدهی و ارزشگذاری نکنم بهتره به نظرم. از باب مرد بودنام در این جامعه و اطلاعات ضعیفم در بحث زنان، نمیدونم چی بگم که سمت و سوی صحیحی داشته باشه اما، فکر نمیکنم این کتاب شاهکار باشه، چه در رفتارشناسی زناشویی، چه در روانشناسی زنان، چه در ادبیات از زبان راوی زن، چه در رماننویسی به شکل دفتر خاطرات روزانه، چه در فمینیسم و چه در جامعهشناسی خیانت و مجموعه آثار دوبووار. ارزش خوندن داشت و ترجمه جز یکم واژهگزینی قلنبه خوب و نزدیک بود. اصولا نشر مرکز قابل اعتماده. ...more
Alexi
Feb 10, 2009 Alexi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who isn't fragile
Reading this book feels like a smaller death. I decided to start with the title story, though I don't know that I can go on. It's so intimate and enraging and powerful and devastating. It's probably a bad choice, given the time in my life, to suffer through this honest little bit of literature, however now that I've started it's hard to stop. I hope it doesn't ruin me. Read this story when you feel stable.
Alessandra JJ
Jan 05, 2016 Alessandra JJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uau! Que livro fantasticamente maravilhoso! 3 contos incríveis (um fluxo de consciência) que falam muito sobre o desgaste dos relacionamentos, envelhecimento e o papel da mulher na sociedade. Muito recomendado!
Elsa Meza Rochin
Sobreviví a leerlo. Muy buen libro, la autora expone de forma clara y muy dura la complejidad de ser mujer, la prosa es excelente, los personajes difíciles de digerir y las historias crueles
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