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A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir
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Mar 07, 08

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in February, 2008

This was such a touching book. I identify strongly with de Beauvoir's very practical view of life and death, and so was quite taken with the strong affect that her mother's death had on this view (even though her mother's death was not the first she had had to deal with). It really made me think two things. First, that it's funny how we can think that we have it (that is, ourselves and our views) all figured out until something out of nowhere takes over to remind us that there are pieces of ourselves that we are not yet acquainted with. Second, I thought about how incredibly strong that mother/child bond really is. I think about it all the time when I'm with my infant son. It's very clear at that stage how linked a mother is with her child. As the children grow, I think that attachment becomes strained and seemingly weakened. But, in the end maybe the infant memory remains...it's such a beautiful relationship and makes me so proud to be a mother.
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alison!
ive read this book - haunting and stunning!...im a huge fan of de beauvoir...check out 'she came to stay' by her, a great great read!


Alison Zemanek Hi Mark,

I haven't gotten too far in the book, but am so far enjoying the writing. I haven't read de Beauvoir extensively, but have always wanted to. A few year back I bought 'She Came to Stay' and 'A Very Easy Death', and 'The Mandarins' at a used bookshop. I started both 'She Came to Stay' and 'The Mandarins' but never finished (that happened a lot when I was working!!!). So, I'm starting over with the whole set, I'll keep you posted on my progress. Thanks for the comment!!




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