Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Women, by the exercise of talent or knowledge, had carved out a place for themselves in the universe of men. io mi rifiutavo, con la stessa ostinazione di quando avevo cinque anni, a prestarmi alle commedie degli adulti.

Her education was a top priority, and Simone was always thinking ahead, deeply passionate for her Mama and Papa, they were her salvation, but the overly protected nature they showed had both good and bad points regarding her development. Que l'image qu'elle se fait des autres se soit craquelée, surtout celle de sa famille, est cause d'une frustration triste, mais pas de regret. I was more interested in her life as an intellectually adventurous university student, but found the accounts of the inner torment and tumultuous mood swings she and her friends experienced exhausting (and indulgent).One of these ways is " partial blindness " , which I think is a somewhat common phenomenon for women who grow up in close contact with a culture created almost exclusively by men. But neither Zaza nor Jacques are able to break free from yoke and expectations placed on the by bourgeois life.

Much of Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter is devoted to Simone de Beauvoir's best friend Elizabeth "Zaza" Mabille, a bookworm whose mother grows to fear that Simone's preference for a ideals will corrupt daughter. But I think I will take a break because I am in need of something a little more serene at the moment before I resume her story. La guerra aveva distrutto la loro sicurezza senza strapparli alla loro classe; si rivoltavano, ma soltanto contro i loro genitori, contro la famiglia e la tradizione.This was one of those jolts of recognition for me: I have a memory very like this, of being at the zoo with my mother and grandmother when I was three or four years old, and overhearing them talk about how unpleasant "teenagers" were.

and while books play a certain part in her narrative she points out that it is far more the record of moods and prolonged feelings, partly perhaps because from about half way through she mentions that she started to keep a diary and no doubt her emotional state was something she wrote about, this stands in ironic counterpoint to her engagement in studying philosophy which does move her at so profound a level.In a lot of ways the memoir is a tragedy about two of the closest people to her throughout her childhood and her teenage years: her older cousin Jacques and her best friend Zaza. The mood swings (which she attributes to her father and which remind me of childhood-me) are exhausting. And the long: For me, one of the greatest pleasures of Memoires d'une jeune fille rangée is simply watching de Beauvoir's brain apply its lifelong training in philosophy and semiotics to the examination of her own early life. I am not so sure I can take this amount of details about the ups and downs of her relationship with Sartre. It seems almost as though she were recording her thoughts, feelings, and experiences at each age in the moment that she felt them – there is an awareness that even while writing up the memoirs of her childhood, she can still go back in her mind and become the same girl, who at the age of five felt a keen fear of the fact that she would grow up into a future, in which she would still be herself, but would also be a different ‘self’, a stranger.

Simone de Beauvoir never judges herself; she analyzes and describes the development of her thoughts as a child and adolescent, sometimes resorting to her newspapers from the time and letters received. As with all other aspects of the book, her observations on gender relations are detailed and perceptive, and the roots of her feminism run through this volume, from her examination of the sexual double-standard that allowed her parents to entertain men who kept mistresses but not the mistresses themselves; to the assertion of her otherwise avant-garde philospher friends that they "can't respect an unmarried woman"; to the effects of having her reading censored (it was considered dangerous for unmarried women to read about sex).We will remember his friendship with his sister Poupette and Zaza, his childhood friend, his love for his cousin Jacques, his admiration for Herbaud, and finally, Sartre, who will prove to be the one who will remain in his life forever. She doesn't take herself too seriously, but neither does she dismiss her experiences or manifest a false modesty. And de Beauvoir does not neglect to notice that men and boys were not considered so delicate as to kill themselves over premature exposure to a tawdry potboiler. The book is absent of drama and those hoping for a pageant of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll are encouraged to look elsewhere, but de Beauvoir's prism of introspection, intellectual curiosity, virtue, integrity and honesty are an intoxicating read.

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