Sie kam und blieb



❮KINDLE❯ ❦ Sie kam und blieb ❅ Author Simone de Beauvoir – E17streets4all.co.uk Set in Paris on the eve of World War II and sizzling with love, anger, and revenge, She Came to Stay draws on Simone de Beauvoir s relationship with Jean Paul Sartre and the affair that almost destroy Set in Paris on the eve of World War II and sizzling with love, anger, and revenge, She Came to Stay draws on Simone de Beauvoir s relationship with Jean Paul Sartre and the affair that almost destroyed it It digs deep into the changes wrought in the soul of a woman and a city soon to fall Although Fran oise considers her relationship with Pierre an open one, she falls prey to jealousy when the gamine Xavi re catches his attention The moody Sie kam PDF/EPUB or young woman from the countryside pries her way between Fran oise and Pierre, playing up to each one and deviously pulling them apart, until the only way out of the triangle is destruction.Sie kam und blieb

Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, political and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins , and for her treatise The Second Sex , a detailed analysis of women s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism Simone de Beauvoir est n e Paris le janvier Elle fit ses tudes jusqu au baccalaur at Sie kam PDF/EPUB or dans le tr s catholique cours D sir Agr g e de philosophie en , elle enseigna Marseille, Rouen et Paris jusqu en C est L Invit e qu on doit consid rer comme son v ritable d but litt raire Viennent ensuite Le sang des autres , Tous les hommes sont mortels , Les Mandarins prix Goncourt , Les Belles Images et La Femme rompue Simone de Beauvoir a crit des m moires o elle nous donne elle m me conna tre sa vie, son uvre L ampleur de l entreprise autobiographique trouve sa justification, son sens, dans une contradiction essentielle l crivain choisir lui fut toujours impossible entre le bonheur de vivre et la n cessit d crire d une part la splendeur contingente, de l autre la rigueur salvatrice Faire de sa propre existence l objet de son criture, c tait en partie sortir de ce dilemme Outre le c l bre Deuxi me sexe devenu l ouvrage de r f rence du mouvement f ministe mondial, l uvre th orique de Simone de Beauvoir comprend de nombreux essais philosophiques ou pol miques Apr s la mort de Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir a publi La C r monie des adieux et les Lettres au Castor qui rassemblent une partie de l abondante correspondance qu elle re ut de lui Jusqu au jour de sa mort, le avril , elle a collabor activement la revue fond e par Sartre et elle m me, Les Temps Modernes, et manifest sous des formes diverses et innombrables sa solidarit avec le f minisme.

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  1. says:

    L Invit e She Came to Stay, Simone de BeauvoirShe Came to Stay is a novel written by French author Simone de Beauvoir first published in 1943 The novel is a fictional account of her and Jean Paul Sartre s relationship with Olga Kosakiewicz and Wanda Kosakiewicz Set in Paris on the eve of and during World War II, the novel revolves around Fran oise, whose open relationship with her partner Pierre becomes strained when they form a m nage trois with her younger friend Xaviere The novel explo L Invit e She Came to Stay, Simone de BeauvoirShe Came to Stay is a novel written by French author Simone de Beauvoir first published in 1943 The novel is a fictional account of her and Jean Paul Sartre s relationship with Olga Kosakiewicz and Wanda Kosakiewicz Set in Paris on the eve of and during World War II, the novel revolves around Fran oise, whose open relationship with her partner Pierre becomes strained when they form a m nage trois with her younger friend Xaviere The novel explores many existentialist concepts such as freedom, angst, and the other 2004 1382 552 9647468288 1387 9789647468282 20 1943

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    Your guy, whom you are totally smitten with, somehow talks you into agreeing that it s OK for him to extend your relationship into a menage a trois including another, younger woman, that you don t really like very much You re seething with jealousy, but, because of various abstract principles, you can t even admit it to yourself in so many words So you write a novel based on real events, where you describe her as the empty headed little bitch she is, and conclude by killing her, which you alwa Your guy, whom you are totally smitten with, somehow talks you into agreeing that it s OK for him to extend your relationship into a menage a trois including another, younger woman, that you don t really like very much You re seething with jealousy, but, because of various abstract principles, you can t even admit it to yourself in so many words So you write a novel based on real events, where you describe her as the empty headed little bitch she is, and conclude by killing her, which you always wanted to do in real life.Well possibly there s a littleto it than that, but it s fun

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    The subject matter of this novel by Simone De Beauvoir, who was the long term partner of famed French existential philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, seems a somewhat odd one for a prominent feminist The relationship between De Beauvoir and Sartre was not a conventional one far from it in fact and is explored in this story of a woman suffering an existential crisis caused by the introduction of another woman to form what becomes a rather bizarre menage trois.Fran oise quite obviously a represent The subject matter of this novel by Simone De Beauvoir, who was the long term partner of famed French existential philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, seems a somewhat odd one for a prominent feminist The relationship between De Beauvoir and Sartre was not a conventional one far from it in fact and is explored in this story of a woman suffering an existential crisis caused by the introduction of another woman to form what becomes a rather bizarre menage trois.Fran oise quite obviously a representation of De Beauvoir is a writer living in Paris who enjoys an open relationship with actor and director Pierre Whilst Pierre enjoys numerous relationships with other women, Fran oise remains content with the knowledge that he cares for none of them so much as he cares for her Theirs is not a relationship of contrived romance or epic declarations, but of simplicity, comfort and fondness which in many ways istouching and relatable than the all consuming, in your face romances so often found in literature which, whilst very good at capturing the hearts of twenty something women like me, but are, as much as it pains me to admit it, often totally ludicrous Enter Xaviere a tempestuous and, frankly, irritating young woman and proteg e of Fran oise who quickly attracts the attention of Pierre Unlike his other affairs, Pierre ingratiates Xaviere into his life with Fran oise and allows her to eventually take over.As a firm feminist, the admission of depression bought on by the loss of a man might be seen by many as a brave one, but it must be said, a wholly understandable one There is after all nothing in feminism which says you can t be in love with a man Fran oise undergoes something of a breakdown when she fears she has lost Pierre s affection, and De Beauvoir s sense of abandonment and betrayal is practically tangible as she sinks further and further into despair Pierre and Xaviere seem to be two of the most emotionally stunted characters to be found in literature as they carry out their tempestuous love affair whilst making Fran oise totally complicit in every single detail Her eternal forced optimism that their life together can be happy, despite her obvious upset is truly heart breaking at times, as is her slow realisation that it will never be the same again.The book is often described as an act of revenge against the real life woman who came between De Beauvoir and Sartre, but reading the book, it is not vengeful sentiments Xaviere is not introduced as the seductive other woman in an otherwise happy relationship, but a young girl struggling to find what she wants in life, whom Fran oise, a woman already clearly wracked with insecurities, regards a younger sister figure, it is only the reader who sees her for what she truly is The main purpose of the novel is not revenge, but catharsis De Beauvoir examines the feelings that the relationship evoked in her from a philosophical perspective, not the perspective of a woman scorned She wishes to explore why she feels the way she does with the reader, and perhaps never fully finds the answer

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    I read this book for the first time about twenty years ago, when my French was considerably weaker than it is now My overall evaluation is pretty much the same as in my original review I m not sure my improved command of the language has made much difference but some new thoughts I kept changing my mind about whether it was a good bad novel the overall story is surprisingly chicklittish, but it s well above average for that genre or a bad good novel it also has pretensions to be a piec I read this book for the first time about twenty years ago, when my French was considerably weaker than it is now My overall evaluation is pretty much the same as in my original review I m not sure my improved command of the language has made much difference but some new thoughts I kept changing my mind about whether it was a good bad novel the overall story is surprisingly chicklittish, but it s well above average for that genre or a bad good novel it also has pretensions to be a piece of philosophy, but I didn t find it at all convincing as such As de Beauvoir says herself in her memoirs, the ending is terrible I don t know why this didn t registerstrongly on the first reading, but Sartre s Huis clos, which came out within a few months of L invit e, is clearly the same story Huis clos is by far the better of the two instead of de Beauvoir s clunky and overlong literal retelling, Sartre abstracts away the personal details and trims it down to its bare essentials It s muchpowerful that way You have to hand it to them Most couples who d been through this kind of experience would never have spoken to each other again, but they both managed to turn it into worthwhile pieces of art and stayed best friends Chapeau

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    VOLUPTUOUS DOCILITY AND SYLLABISMXaviere was watching Pierre with a kind of voluptuous docility page 238 Her fresh lips slowly plucked off each syllable of the word vol..up..tu..ous page 151 Simone de Beauvoir s novel was first published in French in 1943 and in English in 1949 Nabokov s famous syllabic enunciation ofLo lee taappeared in the novelLolita , which was written in English, and first published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York City, and in 1959 in London SHE CAM VOLUPTUOUS DOCILITY AND SYLLABISMXaviere was watching Pierre with a kind of voluptuous docility page 238 Her fresh lips slowly plucked off each syllable of the word vol..up..tu..ous page 151 Simone de Beauvoir s novel was first published in French in 1943 and in English in 1949 Nabokov s famous syllabic enunciation ofLo lee taappeared in the novelLolita , which was written in English, and first published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York City, and in 1959 in London SHE CAME TO STAY AND WOULDN T GO AWAY A Three Act Play with an Alternative Ending ACT ONE A booth in the brasserie at la Coupole on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.XAVIERE You have nice breasts.FRANCOISE They used to be nice, but I m 26 now.XAVIERE I m only 17.FRANCOISE Your breasts are so much nicer More pert.XAVIERE I d love to kiss yours.FRANCOISE You will, in time.XAVIERE I d like to kiss you now Your lips, I mean Here.FRANCOISE You can but subject to one small condition.XAVIERE What s that Would I like it FRANCOISE I m sure you would.XAVIERE Well FRANCOISE I d like you to kiss Pierre as well Both of us.XAVIERE A menage a trois A triad FRANCOISE Everything would be so easy XAVIERE I can t imagine how it would work I haven t slept with one person yet, let alone two.FRANCOISE A couple who are closely united is something beautiful enough, but how muchwonderful would be a trio who loved each other with all their being XAVIERE UmPIERRE Well, well, my two favourite women XAVIERE We were just talking about that FRANCOISE Pierre, you re not one man between two women, but all three of us could form something very special PIERRE something difficult FRANCOISE Perhaps, but something which could be beautiful and happy.PIERRE Well, count me in then ACT TWO PIERRE Xaviere, I want nothingfrom you than what I have, but I could not bear that anyone else should have .FRANCOISE She s nothan a capricious child, Pierre.PIERRE No, don t believe a word of it, Xaviereyou re a wild and exacting soul I love you I want to sleep with you.XAVIERE I m having a wonderful time with you, Pierre.FRANCOISE Beware, she wants to take revenge on you for the desire you arouse in her la Coupole ACT THREE PIERRE Why are you so morose when I m so much in love with you XAVIERE The pleasures of the mind are repulsive to me.PIERRE Go ahead, tell me frankly that you don t love me.FRANCOISE Give her time to breathe, Pierre, you re badgering her.XAVIERE I don t love you I never loved you.PIERRE You just don t know how to receive my love Yet.FRANCOISE What exasperates you so much is that Pierre and I are always on such good terms.XAVIERE You both oppress me.PIERRE I no longer enjoy this affair It s frivolous and wasteful.XAVIERE I m such a coward I ought to kill myself, I ought to have done it a long time ago I will do it.PIERRE You re just trying to make me feel guilty.XAVIERE I could kill myself right now, if I wanted to.FRANCOISE Don t do it You mustn t XAVIERE Why not FRANCOISE Because I want to.XAVIERE Are you joking FRANCOISE You re a bitch I hate you You just wanted to take Pierre away from me I could kill you.XAVIERE Here s my gun Be my guest FRANCOISE What have you got a gun for XAVIERE I thought I might have to shoot Pierre.PIERRE What I m going to the bar Does anybody else want a drink XAVIERE No thanks.FRANCOISE That s a plastic pistol A theatre prop, if I m not mistaken XAVIERE I only wanted to scare him.FRANCOISE This is a gun Feel it.XAVIERE It s heavy.FRANCOISE That s because it s real.XAVIERE Francoise, I m frightened Put it back on the table Where we can both see it.FRANCOISE OK, but remember it s loaded And there s only one bullet.The lights go off A woman screams like a banshee and a solitary gunshot rings out.PIERRE Francoise Xaviere The curtains come down Cover painting Yvonne in Green Dress 1938 by Guy Pene Du BoisTHE INCIPIENT LANGUAGE OF EXISTENTIALISM L Invitee The English title has different connotations to the original French title.The French title implies that Xaviere was invited, which was the case, both with respect to her living arrangements and the formation of the triad.In both cases, Francoise seems to have been the inviter or instigator of the relationship.Correspondence with RealityThere are approximations, if not precise equations, with real life characters.Francoise is most obviously modelled on de Beauvoir.Pierre is Sartre, who was writingBeing and Nothingnessat the same time The characterPierreappears in some of that work s illustrations of philosophical principles Xaviere is a conflation of the sisters Olga and Wanda Kosakiewicz Kosakievicz.The novel is dedicated to Olga Kosakiewicz Kosakievicz.The novel was set in the 12 months immediately before World War II The real events occurred during the period 1932 to 1937, although the friendships continued subsequently.PierrePierre comes across as warm, but naive and often manipulative, if not necessarily malicious His interest in sex and sensuality is almost academic He seemed to have sex, so that he could think about it then and afterwards To the extent that Pierre ever suffers, what hurts is his ego or vanity, rather than his feelings.FrancoiseFrancoise is genuinely intellectually committed to both a relationship with Pierre and whatever other relationships occur However, she is also genuinely hurt by what happens in these relationships.She is a muchsensitive person than she comes acrossGerbert wondered why people usually thought Francoise looked stern and intimidating she did not try to act girlishly, but her face was full of gaiety, life and healthy zest she seemed so completely at ease that it made you feel perfectly at ease when you were near her She is the most generous of the core three characters However, it worries me that she seems to bring women to Pierre, almost as if they are her offerings to him Inevitably, she hurts when they distract his attention away from her.XaviereXaviere is probably almost as egotistical as Pierre, only she is much younger amere gamine , as de Beauvoir would describe her in her memoirs , less experienced and less intellectually gifted She causes chaos precisely because she doesn t yet know what she wants.Consciously or unconsciously, she brings out the worst in Pierre, even though he projects the fault on to herIt s not my fault if the thoughts you inspire are filthy Of course, it isn t necessarily or always Xaviere who is inspiring anything in Pierre or anybody else.The TriadA triad necessarily and inevitably splits each being in two, at least temporally It s almost impossible to give one s whole being to two separate people, at the same timeIt can t spoil anything vital, but the fact is that when I m worried because of her, I neglect you When I look at her I don t look at you I wonder if it wouldn t be better to call a halt to this affair It s not love that I feel for her it savoursof superstition If she resists, I become obstinate, but as soon as I m sure of her, I become indifferent about her It s tempting to describe Olga as the most self absorbed of the three However, is she any different from the others Each is out to satisfy and protect their own self orIwith the help or at the expense of theother , well, at least two others in fact.Closing the Book on Real LifeIt s interesting that de Beauvoir uses the novel to document and explore her actual relationships, so that she can better understand what happened She also uses the fictional denouement to obtain asatisfactory closure or punctuation mark with respect to the sentence she served.Below are passages that reflect or anticipate some of the philosophical concerns of both de Beauvoir and Sartre in their non fiction.We Two Are OneIt s impossible to talk about faithfulness and unfaithfulness where we are concernedYou and I are simply one That s the truth, you know Neither of us can be described without the other You and Francoise have a way of pooling everything Pierre still repeated We are one, but now she had discovered that he lived only for himself Without losing its perfect form, their love, their life, was slowly losing its substance, like those huge, apparently invulnerable cocoons, whose soft integument yet conceals microscopic worms that painstakingly consume themSex and SensualityWhat exactly did Pierre want of Xaviere Polite encounters on the hotel staircase An affaire Love Friendship I wanted to give youthan you were prepared to accept And, if one is sincere, to give is a way of insisting on some return I no longer enjoy these affaires, said Pierre It s not as if I were a great sensualist, I don t even have that excuse The truth is that I enjoy the early stages You know I m no sensualist All I ask is to be able at any time to see an expression like the one I saw last night, and moments when I alone in this world exist for her Pure sensuality does not interest meand besides, does pure sensuality even have a meaning Xaviere s cheeks were flushed with anger Her face was extremely attractive, with such subtly variable shadings that it seemed not to be composed of flesh, but rather of ecstasy, of bitterness, of sorrow, to which the eye became magically sensitive Yet, despite this ethereal transparency, the outlines of her nose and mouth were extremely sensual I shall sleep with other menSexual faithfulness is perfectly ridiculous It leads to pure slavery I don t understand how you can tolerate it I ve no ardent desire to see much of people, that s quite true FreedomThe fact remains that I love you Do you really think that freedom consists in questioning things at every turn We ve often said, apropos of Xaviere, that this way was the way to become the slaves of our slightest moods She smiled at him What was she uneasy about He could easily cross examine himself, he could question the world She knew she had nothing to fear from this freedom that separated him from her Nothing would ever change their love She had loved him too blindly, and for too long, for what she received from him but she had promised herself to love him for himself, and even in that condition of freedom of which he was now availing himself to escape from her she would not stumble over the first obstacle Being and ExistenceElsewhere something was in the process of existing without her being there, and it was that thing which really mattered This time, she couldn t say It doesn t know it exists, it doesn t exist For it did know Xaviere existed and was not to be refuted, all the risks involved in her existence had to be accepted It s you who always deliberately introduce a kind of Germanic ponderosity into our discussions The Clash of Two Existences or BeingsHenceforth, Xaviere belonged to Pierre she really makes me uncomfortable, that creature, with her philosophy which makes us less than dust It seems to me that if she loved me I d be as sure of myself as I was before I would feel that I d compelled her approval To make her love me is to dominate her, to enter into her world and there conquer in accordance with her own values You know this is the kind of victory for which I have an insane need Xaviere s existence had always threatened her, even beyond the very limits of her life, and it was this old anguish that she recognised with terror How was a conscience not her own capable of existing If it were so, then it was she who was not existing She repeated She or I At One with the WorldAt last the circle of violent emotion and anxiety, in which Xaviere s sorcery imprisoned them, had been broken, and they found themselves onceat one at the central point of the vast world Behind them stretched the limitless past Continents and oceans were spread like huge sheets over the surface of the globe, and the miraculous certainty of existing amid this incalculable wealth overran even the too narrow bounds of space and timeSOUNDTRACK view spoiler David Crosby Triad original solo studio take Byrds Triad Triad Live in 1970 Airplane Triad memory of Paul KantnerCarly Simon We Have No Secrets The water was coldThe beach was empty but for oneNow you were lying in the sunWanting and needing no oneThen some child came, you never asked for her to comeShe drank a pint of your RumAnd later when you told meYou aid she was a boreSometimes I wishOften I wishThat I never knew some of those secrets of yours Carly Simon We Have No Secrets Live at Grand Central Station, 1995 Matthews Token Angels Pretenders Stop Your Sobbing hide spoiler

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    This is billed as the book SDB wrote when one of Sartre s lovers Olga Kosakievics entered their lives and threatened to disrupt the famous partnership about which so much has been speculated This description doesn t do the book justice.It does, nevertheless, need to be admitted from the start that Beauvoir is not remembered best for her novels and this one illustrates why this is no literary classic It is not a page turner, not a tour de force at times I had to make myself pick it up to g This is billed as the book SDB wrote when one of Sartre s lovers Olga Kosakievics entered their lives and threatened to disrupt the famous partnership about which so much has been speculated This description doesn t do the book justice.It does, nevertheless, need to be admitted from the start that Beauvoir is not remembered best for her novels and this one illustrates why this is no literary classic It is not a page turner, not a tour de force at times I had to make myself pick it up to get on reading it.She Came To Staty is interesting because it is an illustrative non philosophical tract that as Fullbrook Fullbrook write in Sex and Philosophy, see my review pre dates some of Sartre s formal arguments It is most easily enjoyable as a historical document of the way things were in France in the pre War period, when SDB wrote the book It is most compelling as an insight into SDB herself in do doubt one of the most intriguing published minds of the 20th century and a formidable intellect.Was she a feminist Yes if that means someone who, having been born at a time when women were supposed to get married and settle down, simply didn t, and did the attention getting things she did But she wasa woman of her time than this description would suggest Francoise the SDB character in the book was always secondary to Pierre the Sartre character Francoise s attempts at independent being were always relative to Pierre and his status.He, on the other hand, was self centred, rather arrogant, unempathetic, unsensuous albeit devoted to Francoise For many 21st century women, he might also come across as being a little too cerebral The Francoise Pierre relationship is almost platonic to the point that it wouldn t surprise modern readers that both parties looked for sensual pleasures elsewhere In fact, that was one of the unexpected aspects of the novel the Francoise Pierre partnership most resembles a 21st century conception of an open marriage, in which both partners are committed to each other but allow extra marital adventures On the part of Pierre, they are mostly transitory and venal That s why the entry of the Xaviere Olga character is so disruptive it is not venal because she is Francoise s SDB s friend protegee, and Xaviere plays on this By contrast, Francoise s extra partnership liaison is with Gerbert, a colleague of hers and friend of Pierre s, who is adamant he did not want a relationship that mirrored Pierre s affaires but somethingmeaningful as long as it it wasn t a commitment that tied him down, of course.Was SDB in effect saying that women have higher standards than men, and capable of a higher degree of faithfulness That certainly seems to be one of the novel s messages, as perceived by this woman reader anyway Was she saying that women could be catty bitches Yes that s what Xaviere was Was she saying women could be high minded Yes but given a post feminist reading of the novel, that s debatable because Francoise, in the end, was the most successful vengeful female of them all, partly because she chose to operate under the mantle of maturity and intellectual high mindedness and, it has to be said, under the unacknowledge protection of a man Pierre If anything, this isa post feminist than a feminist novel.But it isthan that Reading between the lines with the benefit of anachronistic feminist and sociological background, She Came to Stay has something to say about same sex love and affection, motherhood, maturity, commitment and the French intellectual middle class mentality and morality There are characters and scenes that are evocative of Guernica, Picasso, Lawrence Durrel and Zorba the Greek the book, not so much the film and, of course, La Rive Gauche But, in the end, I m not actually sure what SBD wants to say about how people existentially relate to one another One of the reasons it isn t a good read is that it really is too introspective, and in this respect it favours naturally Francoise But while she is integral and coherent and consistent within herself, the other characters are either developed too late in the story or simply uni dimensional Xaviere is just too adolescent and hippie like to be real.Still, this is worth reading because I am certain that different readers will take a wide range of different impressions and conclusions from this single work of not exactly brilliant literature

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    I was trembling with anger during the entire book The characters are intentionally led to the extreme of their emotions Simone did this to question love and relationships how tolerant and honest can you get Francoise couldn t bare to be honest, but she was extremely tolerant Did she suffer her tolerant humiliation because of love or pride She wanted to hide this petty human emotion that consumed her and that s why she was silent until the end She couldn t bare the thought of someone kno I was trembling with anger during the entire book The characters are intentionally led to the extreme of their emotions Simone did this to question love and relationships how tolerant and honest can you get Francoise couldn t bare to be honest, but she was extremely tolerant Did she suffer her tolerant humiliation because of love or pride She wanted to hide this petty human emotion that consumed her and that s why she was silent until the end She couldn t bare the thought of someone knowing that she was jealous

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    Otherwise known as Never get on the wrong side of Simone de Beauvoir I first came across Simone de Beauvoir through looking at quotes from her most famous work, The Second Sex, an iconic re constructionist feminist text Her ideas really interested me, and so when I found out that she had written novels I was really intrigued She Came to Stay is particularly interesting as it is based on the real life relationship between de Beauvoir and the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre with whom she had an v Otherwise known as Never get on the wrong side of Simone de Beauvoir I first came across Simone de Beauvoir through looking at quotes from her most famous work, The Second Sex, an iconic re constructionist feminist text Her ideas really interested me, and so when I found out that she had written novels I was really intrigued She Came to Stay is particularly interesting as it is based on the real life relationship between de Beauvoir and the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre with whom she had an very French open relationship This novel is based on a particular moment when Olga and Wanda Kosakievicz burst in on the two s lives.I m going to admit that I found this novel a little bit of a slog to get through, partly, I think because the plot wasn t especially very pacey In addition, I didn t really warm to any of the characters I think de Beauvoir s obvious desire to exact revenge of the Koakievicz girls down to the fact she dedicates the novel to Olga really undermines the novel s potential as Xaviere is portrayed throughout as being a little bit dumb, who expects everything to just be given to her and who is incredibly possessive and prone to jealousy Pierre himself, apparently supposed to be some kind of really attractive guy, just came across and conceited and self involved to me I much preferred characters of the periphery, such as Elisabeth, Pierre s sister and Gerbert, an actor in Pierre s company with whom Francoise has a kind of intimate relationship, who is seemingly the only character vaguely bothered by the coming Second World War De Beauvoir focuses most on Francoise, and her journey towards becoming a free woman She was a generally interesting character, although I felt that de Beauvoir did kind of overdo the continuous examples of her being trapped and then free.I did love the descriptions of Paris, however, this novel really increased my desire to travel there and track down all these amazing cafes that at least in the 1940s were open seemingly 24 7 and her writing style was really quite good, reminiscent to me of Woolf or Plath s journals Whilst I m not sure that The Mandarins, another novel based on de Beauvoir s life, is going to particularly be high on my to read list, I m really considering sitting down and reading The Second Sex properly at some point in the future

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    Every time I read Simone de Beauvoir afterwards I feel like a completely different person She Came to Stay is another fantastic novel, and actually through writing this first novel Simone de Beauvoir found her voice and produced an exceptional body of work.

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    Based on the reviews I had read on Goodreads prior to starting the novel, I thought She Came to Stay would be a long arduous journey between me and Simone that I would t really enjoy, but that ended up not being the case It was a quick read, mostly dialogue and not at all difficult I would not suggest this book to someone who wasn t interested in Sartre and de Beauvoir s work already It is an easy read but dry and without a strong narrative arc What makes the novel worthwhile is that so many Based on the reviews I had read on Goodreads prior to starting the novel, I thought She Came to Stay would be a long arduous journey between me and Simone that I would t really enjoy, but that ended up not being the case It was a quick read, mostly dialogue and not at all difficult I would not suggest this book to someone who wasn t interested in Sartre and de Beauvoir s work already It is an easy read but dry and without a strong narrative arc What makes the novel worthwhile is that so many of Sartre and de Beauvoir s philosophical concerns are explored within the novel, but set pragmatically in their mostly true love triangle, rather than in abstract metaphors There is a scene in which Sartre watches a lover through a keyhole that is a direct echo of Sartre s writings on shame, for a Sartre enthusiasts this is a gem of a connection and one of many in the novel I found the book accessible and worth my while because it is yet another piece in the development of the philosophical whole of Sartre and de Beauvoir There are many faults in the novel s story, and anyone looking for an objectively interesting story has come to the wrong book Simply put read if you are a French 40 s and 50 s existentialist nerd, but if you are a beginner try Camus

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