A Very Easy Death – Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir is a heartbreaking book about the death of her mother. Even though we all know we are going to die, we are always helpless when we lose a loved one. Especially when it comes to our family. Beauvoir manages to create a good book in spite of her sadness. Just as if she were consoling herself, she wrote as if to write down her reality only to accept the death of her mother.


A Very Easy Death - Simone de Beauvoir

Mothers and daughters

In A Very Easy Death, the thing that most impressed me was Beauvoir’s relationship with her mother. I was amazed at how she could stay so neutral and the things she remembered surprised me a lot. Then I thought about my relationship with my mother and the relationship of all the women I know with their mothers. Beauvoir can write everything as it is and that is why she fascinates us. What a strong woman!

I don’t think this book is for everyone. If you have lost your mother recently, you may be able to alleviate your loneliness, but you can remember what you want to forget because the writer has written everything in detail.


About the book: A Very Easy Death

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).

Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is ever likely to forget.

About the author: Simone de Beauvoir

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. 

A Very Easy Death - Simone de Beauvoir

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

Reading Challenge 2019 – The Year of Women Writers

A Non-Fiction a Month

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