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The Blood of Others

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Jean Blomart, patriot leader against the German forces of occupation, waits throughout an endless night for his lover, Helene, to die. He is the one who sent her on the mission that led to her death, and before morning, he must ultimately decide how many others to send to a similar fate.
Paperback, Twentieth Century Classics, 240 pages
Published 1964 by Penguin Books (first published 1945)
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Luís C.
While the total crush you love it love it immerses s. Simone de Beauvoir c is the Woman with a capital F, the writer par excellence. Every word of every situation the word is weighted studied with a purpose.
Mohammad
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شمشیر دو لبه ادبیات متعهد
از نظر ادبی متن «خون دیگران» نسبت به «همه میمیرند» چند پله پایین تر بود- چه از نظر پیرنگ اصلی و چه از نظر پرداخت شخصیت ها و وقایع فرعی. با توجه به اینکه خون دیگران (1945) تنها یک سال پس از همه میمیرند (1946) نوشته شده، نمیتوان پختگی متن همه میمیرند را به پختگی نویسنده نسبت داد. ولی با توجه به تاریخ رمان اول میتوان حدس زد نثر پخته تر همه میمیرند حاصل فراغت نسبی مولف از فضای تب آلود فرانسه دهه 40 است. سال 1944 (درست زمانی که دوبووار نوشتن خون دیگران را آغاز کرده) همان س
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David Gross
I’ve lately been reading Simone de Beauvoir’s novel The Blood of Others. In general I seem to be able to get a better feel for French existentialists from their fiction than their essays and lectures — at least where Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre are concerned. De Beauvoir is considerably less coy than they were, in their novels, about making her fiction primarily a way of illustrating existentialist philosophy.

For example, this scene, in which Hélène ponders with her lover the question “why
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Sara Jesus
Simon Beauvoir tal como Satre fundou o existencialismo. E esta obra demonstra esse período. Uma época de incertezas, de busca pela liberdade e de encontro do próprio ser.

Helene é a personagem que mais marca a ação. Uma mulher emancipada, que ama e sofre desesperadamente. Pensa em si antes dos outros. Mas não devemos primeiro encontrar a nossa própria felicidade? Que interesse tem os outros quando somos infelizes? Irá involver-se com Jean que se tornará no seu grande amor.

A obra também narra o c
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Izzy
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that cannot be read once only, every sentence needs its own book of analysis
It was just mind blowing!
Lisa Louie
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Blood of Others is a long contemplation of the subjective experiences of a few French intellectuals caught up in the moral vagaries of World War II occupied France. This novel isn't particularly notable for its plot per se; a bourgeois man cum revolutionary holds love at arm's length for the sake of his political cause and supra-important principles until he finds himself at the woman's deathbed as she is dying a hero's death. As this is de Beauvoir, the lens through which the plot and its p ...more
Nicholas Beck
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loosely based on Simone de Beauvoir's own experiences during the German invasion and occupation of France in World War II. According to Wikipedia, Simone herself thought the book had somewhat thin characterisation and suffered from an overly didactic approach. Partly wish I'd read this statement prior to reading this novel as I had a hard time connecting with the characters.The story also suffers from a too abrupt switch from the existentialist theme that both our actions and inactions affect ot ...more
Nihan E.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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1930-40 yılları Hitler'in faşizmi ve Sovyet'lerin devrimi arasında milliyetçi burjuvaların yönetiminde olan Fransa'da geçiyor hikaye. Erkek kahraman Jean, yüksek tabakadan bir patronun oğlu. Yaşadığı rahat hayatı ezilenlerin yanında olabilmek adına terk ediyor. Fabrikalarda çalışmaya başlayıp, sosyalist hareketlere katılıyor. Bir eylem sırasında en yakın arkadaşının küçük erkek kardeşi yaşamını yitirince kendini suçluyor ve bu işi siyaset oyununa girmeden devam ettireceğim deyip partiden ayrılıy ...more
رانيا محيو الخليلي
لقائي الروائي الأول مع سيمون دوبوفوار كان من خلال روايتها الثانية"دماء الآخرين". كان قد سبق هذه الرواية إصدار روائي لها أيضًا هو "المدعوة ". قبل انكبابي على رواياتها كنت قد قرأت سيرها الذاتية التي شكلت وقفة أدبية هامة في مسيرتها. بدأت مع "مذكرات فتاة ملتزمة" ومن بعدها "قوة العمر" وقوة الأشياء".
لذلك لم أجد نفسي في عالم مختلف وأنا أقرأ هذه الرواية. وقفاتها التأملية إزاء الوضع اﻹنساني واﻹجتماعي خﻻل الحرب، نظرتها للسعادة، للموت... كلها كانت حاضرة كما في مذكراتها كذلك في روايتها. حتى الشخصيات نجد ل
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Santino Dela
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Nothing is happening."
Pikobooks
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si le premier chapitre peut être déroutant, "Le Sang des Autres", de Simone de Beauvoir est un roman captivant. On y rencontre des personnages tiraillés par leur présence au monde. Qui suis-je pour vivre ? Que dois-je faire pour exister ?
Entre montée du facisme, guerre et occupation de la France, Simone de Beauvoir nous livre un roman bouleversant qui pose de grandes questions, à la fois politiques, sociales et d'un point de vue plus individuel : existentialistes. Je suis sous le charme et vous
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Steph
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy de Beavoir's writing. However, I found the characters unlikeable to the point of irritation. Too much introspection, self-obsession, and moping around pondering nonsense. The "love story" was uninspiring, and I failed to capture any significant meaning behind a woman with child-like simplicity (not a compliment) who doggedly pursues a man who is incapable of loving her because his head is up his own ass.

de Beavoir's lack of structure also annoyed the hell out of me. Is
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Stuart
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ultimately a satisfying story although the disjointed narrative technique gets some getting used to. At first you it feels like you missed a page or a paragraph also it may sound strange but every sentence matters and you need to read with care. An austere but ultimately satisfying novel as we follow the tormented lives of young left wing intellectuals exploring existential questions of "why am I here? or "what is my purpose?" against the backdrop of fascist atrocities in Europe and the occupati ...more
Zhara
I want to read this book again. I felt like I was in wartime france with these characters. Excellent writing. Hard to put down.
Amélia Pinto
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Somos todos responsáveis. Mas todos, quer dizer cada um. (...) bastam os meus olhos para que esta avenida exista. Basta a minha voz para que o mundo tenha uma voz. Quando ele se cala, a culpa também é minha."
"Eu não criei o mundo. Mas recrio-o a cada instante com a minha presença. E tudo para mim se passa como se tudo o que lhe acontece a ele acontecesse através de mim."
Jesse Sharpe
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Blood of Others is a startlingly evocative demonstration of the struggles of France leading into the Nazi invasion and armistice. It delves deeply into the problems with class, political power, and philosophical disassociation of the time, while also managing to paint a heartrending but hopeful image of love.

Simone de Beauvoir digs so deep into the psychology of her characters that at times it feels indecent. At times the characters act irrationally, even despicably at a few moments, in sea
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Laura
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
The Blood of Others was one of my favorite books in college. I read it many many times. I enjoyed re-reading it last year, but it was very different than I remembered it. The writing was self-indulgent and the characters kind of annoying. The ideas behind the plot were interesting, but the main character is almost paralyzed by his fear of interfering with someone else's life and it wasn't believable. Just get over yourself.

The idea of whose blood do you spill and whose do you save is an interes
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Jennifer
What a whirlwind. Yes, I read this in 8 hours or less: desperate end of semester times call for desperate measures. Did I enjoy it? Not until the last quarter of the book, so a more accurate review would be 2.5 stars.

The themes are extremely important and if there had been more of a focus on the war and the Resistance, it would have been fascinating. However, the characters were odious and they made the storytelling miserable.

Fin.
Julie Rylie
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Simone is brilliant. I love the way she writes, it's so poetical. you find so many beautiful sentences while reading her books.

At the beginning I thought I was not going to fancy the plot so much, it seemed just chitty chat about the complications of entangled love lives but as it moves further you understand the context all of this was written on (WWII, the occupation of France by the nazis and the revolutionary communism) and it makes it all so freaking interesting.

It's amazing to see how Hel
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Steven Bartley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not really like the ending, but I do like the characters. The story is about 2 lonely and shy people, who find each other because of a terrible crime. The author keeps them true to character.
Michelle
Dec 01, 2008 added it
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I'm reading The Beav.
Guy Cranswick
Like the Mandarins, well worth reading, though the existentialist project is more deliberate.
Lucinda Elliot
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Curiosity
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
"But what matters for us is the time in which we live"
ーThe Blood of Others ( Le Sang des autres), Simone de Beauvoir
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I really enjoyed this book! What an emotional reading. A plot twisted love story in war time (German-occupied France) with existentialism and philosophy on love and life at the background. Although the writing style was quite challenging, telling story in two different perspectives, but it really rewarded at the end and I really appreciate de Beauvoir's creative composition, I get
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Neek
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
exquisite example of existentialism through a novel, I love the themes of responsibility and self vs. other and what it means to be in relation to anOther. Though it takes place during pre-WWII, this novel started paralleling my life in a way that only the most magical books can do. Love Helene as a character.
Marianna Green
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who believe that obsessing about the right romantic relationships leads to 'empowerment'
Recommended to Marianna by: Heard of it somwhere
A wonderful account of a group of self involved, drifting people finding themselves through giving themselves up to a cause bigger than themselves in the French Resistance. Even in this translation - which to be honest, left something to be desired - I found it as deeply moving on the second reading as I did the first.
Sandrine
While it was hard to follow due to the jumps on consciousness and time, it was a moving love story with an interesting philosophical discussion on sacrificing the blood of others for the greater good.
Brian
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The blood of Others is just not written very well. I'm not going to really make much of a case for the beef of the book, because the writing was so scatterbrained and disorienting that I don't think it really serves a purpose to do so.
Corey
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Better than 'All the Light We Cannot See,' better even than 'Suite Francais.'
Charlie Weaver
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastique! Il m'a fait pleurer, et si la narration n'avait pas changé autant, je l'aurait donné 5 étoiles.
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Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, political 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 femini ...more
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