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Die Mandarins von Paris This book was absolutely amazing It was written by one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century The author was a great philosopher and phemonist of her era I suggest all read this book and any others you can find by her.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond I believe this to be her best work It s long, probably too long, but that s a small niggle compared to all that s so good about it The Mandarins gives us a brilliant survey of the post war French intellectual It s accuracy and its objectivity combine to present a dazzling panorama of the men and women caught up in ever changing times As a fan of the existentialist movement this was no brainer for me to read, it s an expression of her unique style, represented with such vibrancy, that diffe I believe this to be her best work It s long, probably too long, but that s a small niggle compared to all that s so good about it The Mandarins gives us a brilliant survey of the post war French intellectual It s accuracy and its objectivity combine to present a dazzling panorama of the men and women caught up in ever changing times As a fan of the existentialist movement this was no brainer for me to read, it s an expression of her unique style, represented with such vibrancy, that differs from the likes of Sartre There are a whole host of extremely memorable wise and life enchanting characters, that were easily likeable, and a crisp and clean translation before my French was any good was an added benefit This was compulsive reading of the highest order A grand work, from one of the 20th century s great female writers Mit Diesem Werk, Dem Die H Chste Literarische Auszeichnung Frankreichs, Der Prix Goncourt, Zugesprochen Wurde, Schrieb Simone De Beauvoir Den Schl Sselroman Der Franz Sischen Links Intellektuellen Er Ist Zugleich Politisches Tagebuch Und Faszinierender Frauenroman, Der Private Schicksale Und Zeitgeschichte In Konfliktreiche Beziehungen Setzt, Chronik Des Verfalls Einer Engagierten Intellektuellenschicht, Die Sich Nach Ihrem Widerstandskampf Unter Einsatz Des Pers Nlichen Lebens Nun Nicht Mehr Gefordert F Hlt It s a horrible thing, a woman who labors to lead a man s hands to her body by appealing to his mind The irony of the author of The Second Sex having published this five years after the previous kills me, it really does What s worse is her having won the Prix Goncourt for it, a weighty stamp of approved literature prowess that says nothing less than, yes, this is how you discuss philosophical theories in the midst of love and warfare trot the men out trigger happy and reduce the women to s It s a horrible thing, a woman who labors to lead a man s hands to her body by appealing to his mind The irony of the author of The Second Sex having published this five years after the previous kills me, it really does What s worse is her having won the Prix Goncourt for it, a weighty stamp of approved literature prowess that says nothing less than, yes, this is how you discuss philosophical theories in the midst of love and warfare trot the men out trigger happy and reduce the women to self hating despair I can imagine a younger self of mine picking this up before TSS imagining what would have inevitably resulted makes me sick.Beauvoir did not publicly declare herself a feminist till 1972 I don t envy the life that made her forbear from such a declaration until TSS was nearly a quarter of a century old I don t envy what ignorant bliss the characters in this book must have been in until WWII rolled around and the world transformed into a geography of atomic bombs and concentration camps I don t envy the balancing act they all had to maintain, bandying political agendas and philosophical jargon and standing up for the oppressed via paper, all the while dehumanizing every female within reach and then some Women and men alike, self contempt for one and indulgent solipsism for the other, a mutilation that cannot help but be inextricably mixed with any and all of their good intentions If Beauvoir s portraits of her fellow thinkers are as keen as some say they are, their crises of existentialism and absurdism don t surprise me It s hard to live with yourself when your definition of freedom is sadismIf others don t count, it s meaningless to write But if they do count, it s wonderful to gain their friendship and their confidence it s magnificent to hear your own thoughts echoed in them All that writing about the melancholy of the Portuguese and how mysterious it is Actually it s ridiculously simple of seven million Portuguese, there are only seventy thousand who have enough to eat When I was a child, a teacher seemed to me a much greater person than a duchess or a millionaire, and through the years that hierarchy had not changed appreciably However Those up there are only a few of many of the wonderful things Beauvoir pens in regards to education, literature, the intersection of humanity with the written word A few years ago, for the sake of these pearls, I might have excused her atrocious double standards when it came to characterizing both shell and core of the gendered dichotomy I even gave her the benefit of the doubt until the last page was turned, hoping this all too rigorous misogyny would be flipped over, left wriggling and wailing on its thickened carapace with its soft and sickening underbelly all too clearly exposed There are instances, perfectly gorgeous instances where the author could have stepped forward and outfitted phrases like these To maintain that I alone hold our affair in my hands is to substitute a puppet for Lewis, to transform myself into a ghost and our past into anemic memories Our love isn t a story I can pull out of the context of my life in order to tell it to myself It exists outside myself Lewis and I bear it together Closing one s eyes isn t enough to do away with the sun disavowing that love is only blinding myself No, I rejected cautious thinking, and false solitude, and sordid consolations You throw men into a war and then, at the first rape, you hang themwith the sharp and incisive insight I knew in TSS that they so rightfully deserve Instead, the malaise extends to all reaches of the third person man and the first person woman, generating a plot with girlfriends in a refrigerator, male characters with not a physical description or unsubstantiated denigration in sight, and the good old colonialist mindset Practice reducing those around you to ciphers long enough, and something s gotta giveI don t want to think about myself any , she said violently I ve had enough of thinking about myself Don t give me bad adviceYou can t think yourself out of feeling alienated You can think yourself into it right quick if you insist on dressing it up in the word freedom , treating your interpersonal relationships like trash, and pretending your work and your money will see fit to care when you re lost and alone and thinking of ending it all You ll be free when you re dead, not only dead but forgotten, not only forgotten but negligible in the impact you made on the reality of others through your ideologies, your habitus, how you lived and what you learned and the whys and wherefores of the things you said You ll be free when what you did in the name of what you held dear is so warped by the ones who come after you that no one will believe the origin of it all was you, and you aloneThe freedom of a writer it would be interesting to know what that means,Beauvoir wasn t free, and so I don t blame her I don t blame any woman who views thought as equivalent to self immolation and conducted conducts will conduct herself as such What I will do is remember my introduction to feminism, when it first became clear that it was not and had never been just me What I will do is not sacrifice my political ideals just because I can t sway millions in a day What I will do is better myself with the ideas and live for the humans, for at the end of the day and the triumphs and the horrors and the same old same old, it is awfully nice to sit down and reaffirm one s existence with someone who cares I might be alone in really loving this book I m not sure if I understand what is not to love This book is a bright light in a period of self important post war literature our 1984s and Wastelands in that it carefully avoids the moral preachiness and overabundant heavy handed symbolism by which the supposed major works of this period are so weighed down The Mandarins is a treatise on life in suspended animation when the war ends how does life continue One way to look at it is the book is I might be alone in really loving this book I m not sure if I understand what is not to love This book is a bright light in a period of self important post war literature our 1984s and Wastelands in that it carefully avoids the moral preachiness and overabundant heavy handed symbolism by which the supposed major works of this period are so weighed down The Mandarins is a treatise on life in suspended animation when the war ends how does life continue One way to look at it is the book is like a post war tell all, sort of like a woody allen movie set in post war paris Everyone is plaintive, distant, adulterous, self important and mired in the same incestuous elitist artistic literary politcal social life Everyone is sort of pathetic, still reeling from the self righteous throes of the resistance, at once resting on their laurels from the war, but also injured and disrupted by it Simone de Beavoir is an astute observer of the human condition and she sometimes caricatures these shitty aesthetes and sometimes she glorifies them but at the end of the day her portrayal is fairly compelling The book raises some pretty significant questions about how to proceed in the task of finding meaning in a world which has fallen into such destructive violence and depravity How do we raise a family How do we fall in love How do we engage politically This book really has a lot to offer but its really long and sometimes sort of boring But aren t most of the great novels i.e man without qualities, remembrance of things past I think this book qualifies as a real diamond in the rough Compared to all the heavy hitters from its time, it might seem sort of like a light weight And if you judge it by its cover its basically just a liberalized frenchy An Raynd But if you dig a little deeper this is a book that examines the origins of 20th Century liberalism and the collapse of post war morality without a hint of the prejudice and preachiness of its contemporaries The book accomplishes this through the traditional novelistic tools characters, scenes, dialogue, description I can t guarentee you will love this book It might be too tame for you I have to admit, its pretty vanilla But the issues are dealt with thoughtfully and the characters are memorable Just like any great novel A kick ass book that is brutally under rated Les Mandarins The Mandarins, Simone de BeauvoirThe Mandarins is a 1954 roman written by Simone de Beauvoir, for which she won the Prix Goncourt, awarded to the best and most imaginative prose work of the year, in 1954 The Mandarins was first published in English in 1956 in a translation by Leonard M Friedman.The book follows the personal lives of a close knit group of French intellectuals from the end of World War II to the mid 1950 s The title refers to the scholar bureaucrats of imperia Les Mandarins The Mandarins, Simone de BeauvoirThe Mandarins is a 1954 roman written by Simone de Beauvoir, for which she won the Prix Goncourt, awarded to the best and most imaginative prose work of the year, in 1954 The Mandarins was first published in English in 1956 in a translation by Leonard M Friedman.The book follows the personal lives of a close knit group of French intellectuals from the end of World War II to the mid 1950 s The title refers to the scholar bureaucrats of imperial China The characters at times see themselves as ineffectual mandarins as they attempt to discern what role, if any, intellectuals will have in influencing the political landscape of the world after World War II As in de Beauvoir s other works, themes of feminism, existentialism, and personal morality are explored as the characters navigate not only the intellectual and political landscape but also their shifting relationships with each other 1975 1336 901 20 1382 9646564860 1954 Volume 1 This is the first volume of de Beauvoir s huge and compelling depiction of the left wing French intelligentsia in the last years of the second world war Opening at Christmas 1944, the first Christmas after the liberation, this follows our main characters through the last year of the war and into the aftermath as they struggle to deal with the fall out of the Occupation, the reckoning of collaboration, and the uneasy negotiations between the socialist left and the communist party.This Volume 1 This is the first volume of de Beauvoir s huge and compelling depiction of the left wing French intelligentsia in the last years of the second world war Opening at Christmas 1944, the first Christmas after the liberation, this follows our main characters through the last year of the war and into the aftermath as they struggle to deal with the fall out of the Occupation, the reckoning of collaboration, and the uneasy negotiations between the socialist left and the communist party.This doesn t skim over any of the detail and is a rich source of history rendered on the page by de Beauvoir s acute and telling narrative Her two main male characters are both writers, deeply concerned with the role of the intellectual in society, and this book depicts the politics of the period excellently from the jubilation of the liberation to the increasing despondency, even despair, as they witness Hiroshima, and the revelation of the gulag system in Russia.But the book isn t all party politics it s also profoundly interested in gender politics From Paule, who refuses to accept that her long term lover no longer cares for her, to Anne who cannot step outside of her comfort zone, to Anne s daughter, Nadine, who is only 17 but has already lost loved ones to the war this deals with themes which recur in de Beauvoir s writing the psychological relationships between women and their bodies, the dynamics of power between men and women, the dreadful malaise which can inhabit love relationships.This book is sometimes dismissed as a roman clef but it s farthan that, and de Beauvoir is too good a writer to simply recreate either herself or her friends on the page Certainly there are elements of Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir herself in this book but they don t easily map onto fixed characters and there s a bit of de Beauvoir in all the characters, the men as well as the women.Written in crisp and clean prose, beautifully direct and uncluttered by extravagant similes and metaphors, reading this book isn t so much like reading as taking part in a myriad simultaneous conversations as the characters argue, debate, fall in and out of love, drink champagne in cellar bars, and go dancing till the early hours of the Paris morning.Volume 2 This second volume of de Beauvoir s massive novel of Parisian intellectual life in the last years of, and just after, the second world war, picks up immediately from volume one.On the personal level we have the story of Anne Dubreuilh s transatlantic love affair which draws on de Beauvoir s own affair with Nelson Algren, as well as the dreadful breakdown of lovely, desperate, fatally needy Paule who goes literally mad for love.On the political level we have acute depictions of the increasingly fraught relationships between the French Leftist factions and the Communist Party and the continuing reckoning with Nazi collaborators and former Gestapo spies.At the heart of the book are a series of profound engagements with philosophical questions of how should we live in the face of an uncaring universe and the certainty of death and characters are allowed to find their own ways of negotiating what it means to live a good life and to find a form of happiness.This is a deep, rich and completely absorbing read written in de Beauvoir s clean and uncluttered prose Because it refuses any kind of genre alignment, there s nothing neatly patterned, contrived, or expected about it and characters continue to surprise us right to the end.I love this book so much that I just want to slip between the covers and live inside it This was my first time reading Beauvoir s fiction, and I m rather ashamed I d waited this long Having proven herself in The Second Sex and The Ethics of Ambiguity to be one of the smartest, nimblest thinkers of the 20th Century as well as one who made her ideas perfectly clear all of the time, without any of the usual French obfuscation, it s only natural that her fiction should follow suit And what I loved about The Mandarins was its take no prisoners approach Not a single character was abov This was my first time reading Beauvoir s fiction, and I m rather ashamed I d waited this long Having proven herself in The Second Sex and The Ethics of Ambiguity to be one of the smartest, nimblest thinkers of the 20th Century as well as one who made her ideas perfectly clear all of the time, without any of the usual French obfuscation, it s only natural that her fiction should follow suit And what I loved about The Mandarins was its take no prisoners approach Not a single character was above mockery and derision, and yet another prisoner that was not taken was cynicism itself, as each of those character is also worthy of love, affection, and respect, even at their most fucked up Similarly, their salon conversations, as silly as they are at times, are often scintillating A lot of people appear to dislike Les Mandarins, which I think is a pretty excellent novel, so let me try and explain what I think is good about it To me, it s basically about what happens to people particularly to women when they realize that they are no longer young This has several consequences To start off with, not being young means that you re no longer as physically attractive as you were Of course, you can go into denial, and say that as long as you eat healthily, exercise, and thi A lot of people appear to dislike Les Mandarins, which I think is a pretty excellent novel, so let me try and explain what I think is good about it To me, it s basically about what happens to people particularly to women when they realize that they are no longer young This has several consequences To start off with, not being young means that you re no longer as physically attractive as you were Of course, you can go into denial, and say that as long as you eat healthily, exercise, and think positive thoughts, you re going to stay young and tasty for ever But let s be realistic The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons There isthan one way to peel the Mandarins, this is my second attempt.The Mandarins were a scholarly elite in Imperial China, word of them was brought, if I remember correctly, by the Jesuits to France during the reign of Louis XIV or maybe the XVth, then abouts anyhow and it was a notion that seemed to have taken possession of the minds of the French Philosophes by the Enlightenment one can see the attraction to literary men and the occasional literary women of wise, or at least wit There isthan one way to peel the Mandarins, this is my second attempt.The Mandarins were a scholarly elite in Imperial China, word of them was brought, if I remember correctly, by the Jesuits to France during the reign of Louis XIV or maybe the XVth, then abouts anyhow and it was a notion that seemed to have taken possession of the minds of the French Philosophes by the Enlightenment one can see the attraction to literary men and the occasional literary women of wise, or at least witty, literary types dominating not simply public discourse but deciding public policy and shaping the future of the country France is in this novel contrasted with the USA, so while on a visit to the USA Anne says to her hosts at one pointI had once been told that here intellectuals could live in security because they knew they were completely powerlessp.394 which I felt crystallised the mentalite the belief that to be a public intellectual in France was a position of power, but a dangerous one while for her in the USA an intellectual could say anything safely because nobody would pay attention in the novel things don t turn out to be so simple and innocent but that is perilously close to being a spoiler view spoilerAdmitting that you belong to a fifth rate nation and to an outmoded era isn t something you can do overnightp.622 is what Robert the Sartre character says to Henri the Camus character close to the end hide spoiler.Simone de Beauvoir s 1954 prize winning novel follows the lives of several would be Mandarins based on de Beauvoir and her cronies as they hope to guide France into the future avoiding the Scylla and Charybdis of the USA and the USSR, can they find a third way of integrity, honour and decency, or are they fated to understand not only their own powerlessness but contingency and lack of free will, have they been fatally compromised by their wartime experiences I expected it to be an effete, arty farty novel perhaps served up with some poncey pontificating, but instead I found it a substantial stew, rich and slow cooked Perhaps de Beauvoir won me over through that substance, a book of 736 pages in this edition is either going to show it s faults and fall apart or slowly overwhelm all resistance steamrollering the reader like a hapless villain in a cartoon Certainly it was not what I was expecting after reading The Woman Destroyed and Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter.The last chapter alone is a sustained stream of consciousness, otherwise the novel proceeds mostly through conversations from the winter of 1944 through to 1950 or perhaps a year or two later, chapter by chapter alternating between either taking Henri Albert Camus , here appearing as a newspaper editor and literary man, or Anne Dubreuilh Simone de Beauvoir a successful Freudian psychoanalyst encouraging her patients as advised in Civilisation and its Discontents to adapt themselves to their conditions which is naturally the problem that all the characters and French post war society as a whole face, as point of view characters The novel draws strongly on their actual lives about which I knew nothing and so cleverly avoided spoilers through ignorance.This is a drab Parisian world, vigilantes still pursue collaborators, collaborators seek to rehabilitate themselves, the effects of the war and occupation weigh on the characters negatively and positively in the sense of their faith in their ability to shape a better world I am now curious about de Beauvoir s 1949 book The Second Sex as all the women in this novel are seen and see themselves in relation to men generally this works out badly for them the most extreme case is the daughter of a woman who is being blackmailed on account of the facilities that she provided to German army officers during the war, the daughter happened to fall in love with a German Captain and during the mother s narration the sub text seemed to me to be stupid girl If only he had been at least a Major Anne has an affair with an American writer this based on de Beauvoir s affair with Nelson Algren I noticed eventually that she waits for a word from him, she is permanently in reaction to what he says what she feels and wants is always suppressed, I can t help feeling that while the affair represents a much needed letting down of the hair after the war it is also a brutal representation of the realities of an Atlanticist political position can the land of Libert , galit , fraternit come together with the land of the all mighty dollar and will it be a match made in Heaven or doomed to failure view spoiler or is the answer de Gaulle hide spoiler Late in the book Anne attends a literary party and observes the other women in her eyes they are all hags and ogresses, their ancient flesh oozing out round strained corsets these women it turns out are all in their 40s, no doubt living through the first half of the 20th century took a physical toil, but I do wonder about the savagery of her opinion Arthur Koestler turns up as a fantastically sinister and predatory character the Anti Soviet activist Scriassine and allegations of his bad behaviour towards women, on the basis of this novel are confirmed If I was to give it a star rating I would say Four star, not 3 1 2, not 4.267843, but Four precise and shining stars maybefor the harden Camus, Sartre or de Beauvoir fans, less if you like Koestler

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