Simone de Beauvoir 5 Books, Reading Goal 2018

“When I was a child, when I was an adolescent,
books saved me from despair: that convinced me
that culture was the highest of values[…].”
― Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed
 
I started my journey reading de Beauvoir with Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. It was a coup de coeur, a love at first sight. And I was so obsessed so much that I would like to read all of her books. Simone de Beauvoir wrote variety of books and here are the top 5 picks I get started with from memoir, novel and philosophy.
★Best 5 books by Simone de Beauvoir

 

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter(A+)
Memoir
“…but all day long I would be training myself to think, to understand, to criticize, to know myself; I was seeking for the absolute truth: this preoccupation did not exactly encourage polite conversation.”
A very Easy Death(A+)
Memoir
“The misfortune is that although everyone must come to [death], each experiences the adventure in solitude. We never left Maman during those last days… and yet we were profoundly separated from her.”
The Ethics of Ambiguity (A+)
Philosophy
“Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.”
The Blood of Others(A)
Fiction
“But what matters for us is the time in which we live”
The Woman Destroyed(A)
Fiction
“My life was hurrying, racing tragically toward its end. And yet at the same time it was dripping so slowly, so very slowly now, hour by hour, minute by minute. One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound scars over, the sun sets, the unhappiness lifts and fades away”




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