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The Mandarins
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir
In her most famous novel, The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir takes an unflinching look at Parisian intellectual society at the end of World War II. In fictionally relating the stories of those around her -- Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Arthur Koestler, Nelson Algren -- de Beauvoir dissects the emotional and philosophical currents of her time. At once an engrossing drama and an intriguing political tale, The Mandarins is the emotional odyssey of a woman torn between her inner desires and her public life. "Much more than a roman a clef . . . a moving and engrossing novel." -- New York Times
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Leniverse
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"At one time, he had enjoyed the pleasures of comradeship, teamwork. But that was in another age, in another world. Today, as things were, he was just as well off being severely alone; that way he had nothing to lose. Nothing much to gain either, but on this earth who ever gains anything?"

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Leniverse
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

'"Oh!" Henri said. "And the camps? Don't they bother him? What does he think of the camps?"
Vincent smiled. "That they don't exist, that they're an excellent institution, that they'll disappear all by themselves."
"I see," Henri said.
Definitely, people don't enjoy asking themselves questions. One way or another, they all manage to defend their systems.'

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Leniverse
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

“Girls are weighed down with restrictions, boys with demands - two equally harmful disciplines.”

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Leniverse
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"In her books she willingly proclaimed the inferiority of her sex. But she herself, she imagined, escaped it by the virility of her talent. And she believed she was even superior to men, since, gifted with the same qualities as they, she had in addition the singular and charming merit of being a woman. That trick irritated me."

(I hear you Simone/Anne. The "I'm not like other women" spiel of internalised misogyny is terribly annoying.)

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Leniverse
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"Foolishness, lies, injustice, suffering; all around me a deep, black chaos. And how absurd it all was! Those days that repeated themselves from week to week, from century to century, without ever getting anywhere. Living was simply a matter of waiting some forty or sixty years for death to come, trudging along through emptiness. That was why I studied so avidly: only books and ideas were able to hold their own; they alone seemed real to me."

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MrBook
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir
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I wound up having to add even more to the 20th-Century #Classics display. 😆

Have you read any of these?

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

merelybookish I read the Mandarins years and years ago! 12mo
Alfoster Taught The Good Earth for years! Kids don‘t like it but I do!😍 12mo
melissajayne The Good Earth is so good. 12mo
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Amiable I loved "The Good Earth." And the rest of the books in the trilogy. 12mo
Lcsmcat Only The Good Earth. 12mo
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1001BooksPodcast
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Mehso-so

After a brief hiatus, we are back with this take on intellectual life in a post WWII world. A bit of slog to read, but it gave us lots to think about #1001books #bookpodcast #themandarins #soundcloud #applepodcasts #googleplay

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REPollock
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I‘m reading a 1st edition from the library and every so often there‘s a torn-out page that they‘ve replaced with a shitty photocopy bound into the spine of the book.

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REPollock
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Maybe this next?

Pruzy Ooh, always been in my reading bucket list. How is it? 2y
REPollock @Pruzy I am 90 pages in and am hooked. So far it seems like each chapter has two parts, one in 3rd-person perspective and one in the 1st-person POV of one of the characters. Everyone is so blasé about free expression of sexuality in a very French way. So far, recommend. 600 pages long so that may change. 2y
Pruzy @REPollock Sounds about right for Beauvoir! 2y
batsy I loved it! Gossipy and intellectual in that French way and so absorbing. 2y
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batsy
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir
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rubyslippersreads That cover! 😍😍😍 2y
Centique All your great book reccs and I haven‘t read a single one of them! On the TBR it goes.... 2y
Cathythoughts Yes ! Fab cover ! & I just love the sound of her name .. ❤️ 2y
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Mdargusch I agree! That cover ❤️ 2y
saresmoore I‘m just going to plan on stacking every one of these that you share. 😊 2y
readordierachel I really need to read this! I read All Men Are Mortal years ago and liked it. 2y
batsy @Centique @Cathythoughts @saresmoore @emilyhaldi ❤️ Please play along if you feel like it, if love to see yours! No "time limit" to the challenge, just 7 favourites over 7 days without blurbs or captions ? 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel I want to read that one and The Woman Destroyed! Also, her memoirs. I just love the world of leftist French intellectuals and all the drama in The Mandarins 😍 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Hour 30. I bought The Mandarins after adoring All Men Are Mortal. It's five years later and I haven't even opened it... #ShareTheShame #24in48 @24in48

batsy I absolutely love The Mandarins. I'm ashamed that I haven't read more of her fiction after reading that! 2y
Moray_Reads @batsy I MUST read it! I highly recommend All Men Are Mortal 2y
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WomanRoars
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"And even if I were somehow able to neutralize their pasts, what kind of future could I offer them? I quiet fears, harness dreams, restrain desires; I make them adjust themselves. But to what? I can no longer see anything around me that makes sense."

BarbaraBB 😍😍😍 2y
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Blaire
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I think Simone de Beauvoir and any woman who challenges society's ideas about women is often considered to be a #difficultwoman. Many women featured in these books would have been called #difficultwomen #difficultwomenarestrongwomen #bedifficult #fallintobooks

RealLifeReading 👍👍👍 2y
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Book_Gnome
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Opening line: "Henri found himself looking at the sky again - a clear, black crystal dome overhead." #themandarins #simonedebeauvoir #fontanamodernnovels #book #bookish #bookgnome #firstline #bookcover

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QueeneMare
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir
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Two hours later and the regret of not buying this book is weighing me down. Next time, next time.

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dekabrista
The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir
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For today's #booktober #bestsidekick I couldn't really decide: Sam for Frodo? Watson for Holmes? Then: my husband for me (hopefully)? Well, I guess the couple de Beauvoir / Sartre is perfect: you don't know who's the sidekick :)
@RealLifeReading

tpixie Fun! 3y
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