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About four-hundred pages too long
on 30 January 2010
I expected to like this book. I'm interested in Sartre, Camus and that whole Parisian society thing, and Simone de Beauvoir is undoubtedly a good writer, but I found this book terribly tedious. What we have here is over seven-hundred densely-packed pages that could, and should, have been edited to about three-hundred pages. Then it might actually be a good novel. As it is, the good bits, and there is quite a lot of fine writing, are lost amongst long rambling conversations about nothing much. Life is too short.