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All her heartbreak, none of it her doing.

In a series of hypnotic passages, Bourdouxhe describes nothing but the process of time passing. All is sun and sex — an enveloping womb of marital bliss.

La Femme de Gilles

The townspeople gossip and ridicule, and yet her determination to restore her life to the sensual and relational bliss she once experienced is so vehement, she carries on. Could we have orchestrated a more diametrically challenging opponent for the first woman candidate than the one she faced?

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The narrative does seem to beg this kind of contextualisation to perceive the nuanced levels where this book is doing its work.

Elisa is not distantly narrating for us, we are plunged within her to make sense of the experience for ourselves.


Placid, at any rate. That de Beauvoir enjoyed Femme comes as no surprise; the novel preempts and gives narrative force to her system of thought. From the first-edition cover of Heartburn. These essays go a long way toward framing the work for modern readers and for giving us, perhaps, the philosophy behind this particular choice of literary reclamation. The sentences unfurl in an even tone. No practical recourse, and, giilles, no emotional recourse.

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Although the now prominent de Beauvoir praised her work, it fell out of print until the mids. La femme de Gilles oversteps not one single boundary. She is a closed circuit, like a novel itself. Again, why, we might ask, is this book receiving attention now?


Thought, as she depicts it, takes many forms. Did sexism in the United States defeat her? It is worth noting that the male figure in the book is no more adroit at disentangling from the pull of his drives than is our heroine. The Autobiography of Santa Claus. Ask yourself why you like her, or why you do not. We know the sad-lady drill: In The Second Sexshe argues that women are conditioned to measure their worth in male approval. The smell of suffering—a maddeleine, more like it— still disgusts us.

Sometimes, that rhythm quickens, as when Gilles and Victorine begin their affair: The mother of a college friend once gave me some advice: Does it not complicate the female experience to have women represented variously?


Things have a way of finding their own balance, try as we might bourdoushe maintain control or look the other way. The story is hers to tell, and the telling of the story is, itself, fulfillment. She cares for her daughters.

A few pages later, in a scene as heavy-handed as it is well written, Bourdouxhe compares Elisa to a statue of Christ. Have we not ever under been bourdouxhs influence of the death drive—that annihilation of self that has been described as a component of love, in fact? Her only option is to bear it alone, silently, until she can bear it no more!

Drums of Autumn Starz Tie-in Edition. What a lovely, relatable woman. Cry us a river. Elisa swallows the wrongs enacted upon her and then, well … what do you think happens to a person without access to rage, perversity, absurdity, self-awareness, or humor? That prose guides the novel, with elegant precision, toward its final, feminist argument. Sadness can be an important and profitable base layer.

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