A Very Easy Death

By Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Patrick O’Brian
Read by Hillary Huber

3.07 Hours 02/01/2005 unabridged
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When her mother was in the hospital with terminal cancer, Simone had time to reminisce about her mother’s early life, as Simone and her sister, Poupette, prepared to face the decision of whether to prolong a life when it is full of suffering. Like most people, they believed that it would be better to die than to continue to suffer, but their mother had a very different view of the matter. Françoise de Beauvoir had finally found happiness in her life, and she truly believed she could find happiness in her own suffering. Considered by many to be the master work by Simone de Beauvoir, A Very Easy Death focuses on death and the other limitations in one’s life and with what attitude one approaches them. Through her mother’s beauty, her smile, and her pride in her life and in herself, Simone learned that to be human and to have individual choice are the most important aspects of existence.

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Summary

Summary

When her mother was in the hospital with terminal cancer, Simone had time to reminisce about her mother’s early life, as Simone and her sister, Poupette, prepared to face the decision of whether to prolong a life when it is full of suffering. Like most people, they believed that it would be better to die than to continue to suffer, but their mother had a very different view of the matter. Françoise de Beauvoir had finally found happiness in her life, and she truly believed she could find happiness in her own suffering.

Considered by many to be the master work by Simone de Beauvoir, A Very Easy Death focuses on death and the other limitations in one’s life and with what attitude one approaches them. Through her mother’s beauty, her smile, and her pride in her life and in herself, Simone learned that to be human and to have individual choice are the most important aspects of existence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence. This is a fine book.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“Hillary Huber offers a respectful narration of the intimate story…[Her] matter-of-fact performance retains a nuance of sensitivity in exactly the right measure.” AudioFile
“Simone de Beauvoir’s dusty answer is depressingly effective.”  Kirkus Reviews
“Huber’s portrayal of a vital, intelligent woman in her prime and a frail one at the end of her life is a sensitive masterpiece that subtly captures de Beauvoir’s inner conflicts and her mother’s pain, spirit and dignity.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Simone de Beauvoir

Simon de Beauvoir (1908–1986) was a French writer and intellectual whose works played an important role in the feminist movement. The main idea underlying all of her writing was the idea of freedom, not only for women but also for each individual, which for her necessarily entailed the idea of responsibility.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 3.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English