Probably de Beauvoir's strangest and most compelling novel, this is the captivating story of a beautiful young actress who revives a downcast stranger at a French resort.
He becomes thoroughly attached to her and confides a terrifying truth: he is immortal. But having been resuscitated into enjoying life again, he soon starts breaking free from her grasp and all notions of mortality.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Simone de Beauvoir is the author of The Second Sex and the winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's highest honor, for The Mandarins.
Leonard M Friedman is a translator of the work Simone de Beauvoir.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While I was in Germany, a friend let me borrow a few books so I would have something new to read, including this one. It's now one of my favorite books. The long prologue was captivating and the entire book was beautifully written in my opinion. I didn't want it to be over the whole time I was reading it, but at the same time I couldn't wait to see how it ended. There are a couple of parts in the middle that are a bit slow, especially if you aren't interested in history, but it's definitely worth the read. I'd say the book has an interesting philosophy and a great story.
A young lady I spent a week in St. Petersburg with was reading this book on the plane - it was her favorite; talking of books, she mentioned some that she loved... As I was surprised how she reminded me of an old school mate (rather weird personality), - planned to go through this books and see what exactly was she fascinated by... Didn't like this one at all, I found it rather bad written, nothing like an elegant describing manner... and the theme, as well as the story itself, unconvincing.If there wasn't Virginia Woolf (and very few other ladies), I'd probably say like a friend of mine does: women are incompatible with writing !Still, from SdB, The Second Sex, a volume of well written essays on women, is really worth reading. Got curious on this lady - as she lived with JP Sartre - a great modern writer !