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Passion and jealousy analysed with clinical precision,
This review is from: L'Invitee (Folio) (Mass Market Paperback)
I adore Simone de Beauvoir's writing, and this is probably one of her most passionate and accessible books. Based on a real-life love triangle between her, Sartre and one of his young lovers, this takes a cool look at love, and dissects jealousy with scalpel-like precision.
Set in smoky, glamorous, pre-war Paris amongst young intellectuals, this probes the distance between the theoretical politics of sexual relationships and the lived reality - in theory love is liberated from bourgeois jealousy and pettiness, but the reality for the women in this book is quite different.
Supremely intelligent, self-deprecating, and darkly ironic, this is de Beauvoir confronting the uncomfortable intricacies of her relationship with both Sartre and herself.