發文作者:c.w. | 二月 27, 2005

Toril Moi on Simone De Beauvoir

Book front cover

Title:
Simone De Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman
Author:
Toril Moi
ISBN:
0631146733
Rating:
Not rated

I just dont believe, and unwillingly to believe. how can a woman I admire so much in high school, a writer of The Second Sex, which enlighten me to be a sort of feminist then struggle through the idea for more than a decade, could act in this way in her own life? I could feel Mois anger towards Satre and her disappointment to Beauvoir directly from the pages. These personal comments indeed make the book much more palatable in one aspect, but I wonder if it could really stand out as a serious academic publication.

But for me, or many other readers out there, I dont think they read this book for academic purposes. More likely they feel attached to Beauvoir in some certain ways, even the author herself speaks in a very intimate tone as what we will read in Marie Claire columns. The fact sadly illustrates what Beauvoir faced half a century ago is still happening today. Moi indeed said, she really wishes, an intellectual woman like Beauvoir, could have abandoned Satre the womanizer, could be a lesbian openly, could have seeked for help from counseling, could have moved to Chicago (hmm, Chicago) and stayed with the lover Nelson Algren, could have got married and had children, could have lived happily ever after without being tortured by her depressions from the loneliness in that in/famous relationship.

Now I realize I really had no idea of what she says in The Second Sex many years ago. How could I have any ideas, about the real struggle we will encounter everyday? How could I get a picture of degradation, happiness, lust and needs, would take in each various forms in which we have to find our own ways out day in and day out? I couldnt have a vaguest idea at that time. And it is like this, Moi says at the end of her book, life is hard, but we cannot give up, have to go on trying, and it made her suffering half a century ago, and our suffering, or hopefully not suffering, meaningful. Keep trying. Its the only way.


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