The Woman Destroyed (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – 16 Jan 2009
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Praise for THE WOMAN DESTROYED:
‘In these immensely intelligent stories about the decay of passion, Simone de Beauvoir shares with other women novelists the ability to write about emotion in terms of direct experience. What is unique and supremely valuable in her work is the capacity to retain at the same time a coolness and critical detachment towards her material.’ Sunday Times
‘Intensely readable, with a return to warmth and identification with the characters that made THE MANDARINS outstanding’ New Statesman
Praise for Simone de Beauvoir:
‘Simone de Beauvoir is a writer whose every work I pounce on eagerly – her vision is so wide, the tale she tells is so interesting, her characterisation so psychologically profound’ YORKSHIRE POST
‘Simone de Beauvoir has the true novelist's gift of selecting detail and creating individuals whilst refusing to sum up situations’ A.S. BYATT
First published in 1967, this book consists of three short novellas on the theme of women's vulnerability -- in the first, to the process of ageing, in the second to loneliness, and, in the third, to the growing indifference of a loved one. THE WOMAN DESTROYED is a collection of three stories, each an exquisite and passionate study of a woman trapped by circumstances, trying to rebuild her life. In the first story, 'The Age of Discretion', a successful scholar fast approaching middle age faces a double shock -- her son's abandonment of the career she has chosen for him and the harsh critical rejection of her latest academic work. 'The Monologue' is an extraordinary New Year's Eve outpouring of invective from a woman consumed with bitterness and loneliness after her son and her husband have left home. Finally, in 'The Woman Destroyed', Simone de Beauvoir tells the story of Monique, trying desperately to resurrect her life after her husband confesses to an affair with a younger woman. Compassionate, lucid, full of wit and knowing, Simone de Beauvoir's rare insight into the inequalities and complexities of women's lives is unsurpassable.See all Product description
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I have never read a book which is so brutally truthful and so accurately describes the lives of three women. Devastatingly honest and totally readable.Read more
I had to read this book as a part of my French studies. I must say it was probably the worst book I have EVER read. Each story depicts women as weak, stupid and dependent on men.Read more
Disappointed in the quality of paper and print. Although they did send another book when the first was lost in the post.
The Woman Destroyed is comprised of three stories but it is the third story, from which the book title is derived, which is without a doubt the most captivating.Read more