Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

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stimolata dal padre già dai primi anni ma coltivata egregiamente grazie ad un’indole assolutamente famelica nei confronti del sapere. Born into a bourgeois family this beautifully deep and intimate account of one girls journey into early womanhood is both a fascinating and intelligent read.

She oftentimes quotes the diary she keeps during these years which are filled with grand, melodramatic statements: “I want life, the whole of life. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

Although I want to discuss so much more—young Simone's feeling of tragedy at the unconsciousness of inanimate objects; her attribution of her own negative capability to the difference in her parents' belief systems; her relationships with her sister and her best friend; her first meetings with Sartre—I'm already running long. Lit with tremendous desire, but, as a child of privilege, very little drama, I related to her life immediately. It’s a lit show where a book is put in its context, excerpts are read by an excellent comedian and it gives a great view of the book of the week. This balanced tone, combined with her stunning intelligence and existentialist insights, makes this volume easily one of my favorite reads of the year, if not of all time. The book is absent of drama and those hoping for a pageant of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll are encouraged to look elsewhere, but de Beauvoir's prism of introspection, intellectual curiosity, virtue, integrity and honesty are an intoxicating read.

At the same time there was a psychological awareness, particularly here in her discussion of her father, of how his self regard meant he cold never fully share in de Beauvoir's academic success and likely career as a Lycée teacher, as the necessity of her having to earn a living and get a job with a secured pension was due to his failure to be a real man and provide a fat dowry for his daughter so she could be married off. La piccola suicida non aveva nemmeno peccato per disobbedienza; s'era soltanto esposta senza precauzione a forze oscure che avevano devastata la sua anima; perché Dio non l'aveva soccorsa? Lo stesso ricordo può assumere diverse sfumature e che sia colpa del tempo che passa e deforma oppure del momento stesso in cui accade un episodio della vita e lo viviamo ognuno in maniera differente, beh, poco importa. Respingendo i clichés e i luoghi comuni, rifiutavano con disprezzo le vecchie dottrine di cui avevano constatato il fallimento, ma non tentavano di costruirne un’altra; preferivano affermare che non bisogna mai accontentarsi di niente: esaltavano l’inquietudine.

In this mindset she could understand letters as objects (an "a," for example) but not as building blocks representing sounds that make up words. Mais quel bonheur, quand même, de lire une vie intérieure aussi bien rendue -- immense, frétillante, lourde dans ses mauvais jours, poignante, progressivement tournée vers le dehors. c'est d'un suspense étrange mais agréable, d'attendre avec elle qu'elle devienne ce qu'on sait déjà qu'elle deviendra. This would constantly be a problem she just couldn't comprehend, Simone had no plans to fall in love, to wed, to have children, to live a wife's life. Simone de Beavoir describes her early life, from her birth in Paris in 1908 to her student days at the Sorbonne, where she met Jean-Paul sartre – ‘the dream-companion I had longed for since I was fifteen’.

From her young spirited days as a child, to an intricate student life where literature and philosophy would play a pivotal role in shaping the future, to the beginnings of a blossoming friendship with Jean-Paul Sarte, Simone would become a leading figure in the roots of both feminism and existentialism, a true independent voice the the 20th century. Between me and these sister souls there existed something, out of reach; they created a sort of communion; instead of living my trivial individual story, I was participating in a grand spiritual saga.And de Beauvoir does not neglect to notice that men and boys were not considered so delicate as to kill themselves over premature exposure to a tawdry potboiler. E' una biografia leggera, ricca di aneddoti, ma al tempo stesso pesante di analisi lucidissime e perfette, geometriche (a posteriori di 30 anni, e di tante altre letture, so anche come l'ha ricostruita (con omissioni e abbellimenti, ma non toglie niente al suo fascino). In this regard this is a story of self liberation, a fond farewell, or rediscovery from an adult perspective of her childhood self. A family of devout Catholics, the de Beauvoir household was certainly a strict one, I guess it's easy to say that where today's young learn about things they shouldn't from the internet and so forth, back then books made a huge difference in ones self-discovering and learning about life, her mother would reiterate there are books for you and there are books for us, and was constantly keeping an eye on what she was reading. But I think I will take a break because I am in need of something a little more serene at the moment before I resume her story.

L'ampleur de l'entreprise autobiographique trouve sa justification, son sens, dans une contradiction essentielle à l'écrivain : choisir lui fut toujours impossible entre le bonheur de vivre et la nécessité d'écrire ; d'une part la splendeur contingente, de l'autre la rigueur salvatrice. If you're not interested in philosophy and like a lot to "happen" in your books, it will probably seem hopelessly dry. Outre le célèbre Deuxième sexe (1949) devenu l'ouvrage de référence du mouvement féministe mondial, l'œuvre théorique de Simone de Beauvoir comprend de nombreux essais philosophiques ou polémiques.It's been a long time since I connected with a book at such a level of visceral sympathy—since I had the feeling "Yes!



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