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Prime of Life by Simone de Beauvoir
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Have you ever read a book and the first sentence you read you can't stop because it has struck forcefully at how you define yourself? This is that book for me. De Beauvoir wrote her autobiography in four parts, indulgent? Not particularly. Although De Beauvoir obviously writes from her perspective, she's often focusing on the world around her, her developments as a writer in a community of writers and how the war that surrounds her impacts her philosophy. This book focuses on De Beauvoir's life from just as she's leaving home and meeting Jean-Paul Sartre to the end of the Second World War. She charts her relationship with Sartre and the developments of their philosophies, and the impacts the war had on each of their worldviews. This book also provides an inside look at that specific community of writer's-socialist, progressive, existentialists-who came to prominence at this time.
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