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A Very Easy Death (Pantheon Modern Writers Series) (edition 1985)

by Simone de Beauvoir (Author)

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A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir's masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother's death "shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence" (The Sunday Telegraph). Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is likely to forget. Translated by Patrick O'Brian… (more)
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Title:A Very Easy Death (Pantheon Modern Writers Series)
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A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir

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Really real. Very touching story of motherhood and daughterhood. ( )
  ColleenLVE | Apr 13, 2022 |
A touching account of de Beauvoir's mother's last days as de Beauvoir looks back on how her mother's life shaped her mother and, in turn, herself, and their contradictory taut-but-loving relationship with each other. I really really really love de Beauvoir's writings about girls and women. There's such a piercing insightfulness there. ( )
  kitzyl | Aug 10, 2020 |
short and sweet. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Short, an excellent account of a very common experience. We usually lose our mothers and often , like this, to cancer. ( )
1 vote carterchristian1 | Nov 11, 2011 |
A very interesting book in that someone may describe the death of one's own mother with such thoroughgoing criticism of life and still think it to be flattering. Of course, to an existentialist like Simone, Francoise de Beauvoir was only lacking in the time necessary to become a complete existentialist in her own right. Simone sees in her mother's fight to live another day to be with her daughters, albeit by her bedside, as a rebellion against her outworn spiritualistic ideology (i.e. Catholicism). Francoise is brought into the fold with Sartre and Simone, if only by dream sequence. This is a self-perceptive work but ultimately self-absorbed and sadly absent of true feeling for a mother who definitely earned a more steadfast elegy. ( )
1 vote sacredheart25 | Jul 13, 2010 |
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Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light...


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For my sister
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At four o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday, 24 October 1963, I was in Rome, in my room at the Hotel Minerva; I was to fly home the next day and I was putting papers away when the telephone rang.
El jueves 24 de octubre de 1963, a las cuatro de la tarde...
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A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir's masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother's death "shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence" (The Sunday Telegraph). Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is likely to forget. Translated by Patrick O'Brian

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In een zachte dood schetst Simone de Beauvoir een volstrekt eerlijk, niet-sentimenteel portret van haar eigen moeder als de gefrustreerde, heerszuchtige vertegenwoordigster van die typische Franse burgerij, waaraan ze zichzelf dankzij haar schrijverschap heeft weten te ontworstelen. Toch is het - in die oprechtheid - ook een zeer liefdevol portret van een vrouw die haar zeer na stond.
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