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Simone Weil Francine du Plessix Gray s biography of the Marquis de Sade At Home with the Marquis de Sade was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as a boldly imaginative retelling of his life and garnered t

  • Title: Simone Weil
  • Author: Francine du Plessix Gray
  • ISBN: 9780670899982
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Francine du Plessix Gray s biography of the Marquis de Sade, At Home with the Marquis de Sade, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as a boldly imaginative retelling of his life and garnered the critically acclaimed author a Pulitzer Prize nomination In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life of an equally complex and intriguing figure A patriot anFrancine du Plessix Gray s biography of the Marquis de Sade, At Home with the Marquis de Sade, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as a boldly imaginative retelling of his life and garnered the critically acclaimed author a Pulitzer Prize nomination In Simone Weil, du Plessix Gray vividly evokes the life of an equally complex and intriguing figure A patriot and a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of thirty four prematurely after a long struggle with anorexia But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the twentieth century s great changes and continues to influence philosophy today Simone Weil traces this seminal thinker s transformation from privileged Parisian student to union organizer, activist, and philosopher as well as the complex evolution of her ideas on Christianity, politics, and sexuality In this thoughtful and compelling biography, du Plessix Gray illuminates an enigmatic figure and early feminist whose passion and pathos will fascinate a wide audience of readers.

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    1. Andy on said:

      Weil's story itself is fascinating, which kept me going through the book. As a biography it was good in places but overall mediocre. Among other things, the author seemed intent on convincing readers that Weil was essentially anorexic. Perhaps it's true, but I didn't pick up this book for a retroactive diagnosis of Weil's eating habits.Overall I don't at all regret reading it, but maybe it's worth investigating a different biography of Weil.

    2. Bevan on said:

      Ms. Weil was certainly one of the most complex and profound thinkers of the 20th century. Her intellect was astonishingly forceful and direct, beyond the depth of many of her contemporaries. At the same time, she must have been maddeningly childish and stubborn, insisting as she did so often on self-abnegation and almost martyrdom. According to the author, she had what is now regarded as a classic case of anorexia nervosa, a malady which was not well understood at the time. She has become widely [...]

    3. David on said:

      This may be the only 5 star book on my list. This is not a good read: it is a powerful read. I think that I am talking more about the life depicted than the writing. However, I will say that the writing was concise and flowed. It was understated and held my attention through all the anger and pain evoked.Beginning the book I wanted to throw it across the room because of Simone's self-centeredness and being so spoiled. Then I wanted to throw it across the room because of her naive political ideas [...]

    4. Stephanie on said:

      This was a well-written account of the life of a fascinating woman. It focuses on her life and not her work, with a couple of small factual errors I noticed that made me wonder a little bit how carefully it was edited. It can't have been easy to make such a readable and interesting account of the political and historical events participated in by Simone Weil. The biographer expressed a couple of opinions about her subject that seemed out of place to me, but on the whole I enjoyed the book very, [...]

    5. Kasey Jueds on said:

      The second Penguin Lives biography I've read in the past month. Both have been smart and readable and fascinating, this one in particular (the other was Kathryn Harrison's biography of Therese of Lisieux, which wasn't quite as rich as this one, maybe just because Therese didn't live that long) (which wasn't Kathryn Harrison's fault). Anyway, I did love this book--I knew almost nothing about Simone Weil, and found her life, as described by du Plessix Gray, moving and terrifying and admirable and [...]

    6. l. on said:

      Simone Weil (unfortunately) really resonates with me. The biography was somewhat annoyingly written (stop with how Simone Weil could have been beautiful if she tried, jfc) but it's a concise and relatively detailed account of the life of a fascinating person

    7. Adam Marischuk on said:

      The best parts of the book are the quotationsSimone Weil is fascinating. Whether one is Catholics, Jewish or Atheist, conservative or bolshevik there is something about her life story that will resonate with every thinking person today. Her life as prodigy child to philosopher to teacher, factory worker, mystic and (near) convert to Catholicism is the story of a woman who grapped with everything she came across. One is reminded of the St. Augustine quote: "Our heart is restless until it rests in [...]

    8. Susan Berchiolli on said:

      offshoot of existential cafe. Well-written, challenging subject but fairly easy read. Troubled, brilliant woman.

    9. Maggie on said:

      i am sooo glad to have read/listened to this biography on her b/c i truly knew nothing about her. now i know something which gives me a context to continue reading her words and reading about her. she was very very intense. love of god can do that to you, perhaps. but of course love of god is the source that balances us out to a better equilibrium too. which is a type of salvation -- saving us from our selves i.e. moving us from our distortions to our better selves and letting everything else fa [...]

    10. David M on said:

      This book is just terrible. The most condescending biography I've ever read.The author clearly thinks she's smarter than Weil and, just as clearly, she's not. So you can throw around a lot of terms from pop psychology. Big fucking deal. Weil taught herself to read Sanskrit, studied Ancient Greek and followed advanced mathematics, and developed her own original theology. She may have been crazy, but just possibly you with your smug liberal stupidity could stand to learn something from a crazy per [...]

    11. John Wolfe on said:

      I'm on page 150 w I think we're going to hit the real crazy stuff. So far, du Plessix Gray is doing a great job defending Weil, showing how her attitudes and behaviors fit into the temper of her times -- and how they generally are supported by fierce, passionate thinking (it's like, her neuroses are channeled into fierce thought ) I'm interested to see if she can keep up this tone for Weil's final years.

    12. Padraic on said:

      Weil has been bugging me since 1976 when Simone Petremont's full biography was issued in translation. Reading Petremont, however, is like hearing about someone from an ex-spouse - the question of objectivity never seems very far away. Gray is balanced, objective, and well-researched - no small matter when the subject is as unbalanced, subjective, and mysterious as Weil. Short, too - did I mention short? End result: Weil still bugging me. Progress, of a sort.

    13. Matt on said:

      A very good general biography of the interesting and complex Simone Weil. I enjoy these types of biographies because they provide enough information and insight into the subject to either stand alone as a sufficient summation, or serve to incite a deire to read more about and, especially by, the subect.

    14. Jennifer on said:

      Interesting read, but moreso for the feeling it provides of what it was like to live in France during the time period concerned (primarily 1930s-40s) than for details of Weil's life. I found myself wanting much more about her actual relationships and writings, and more discussion based on hard evidence rather than what seemed like purely anecdotal surmises.

    15. Al Maki on said:

      I don't think I could recommend this book. Weil's view of the world is so personal and so deeply felt, as unique as say Walt Whitman, that, for me, in order for her life to make sense it needs to be presented from a point of view appreciative of her own and I didn't get that from this book. Besides, you can learn enough about her life from her own work.

    16. Patrick on said:

      Simone Weil is one of the most unbelievable people I have ever read about, and this is a very fine short biography of her. One of the few historical figures that I'd probably never want to actually meet

    17. Ben on said:

      At a very brief 230 pages, this book serves best as an introduction to Weil's life and work. It was an enjoyable non-academic book which tends towards a psychological reading of her works. Readers looking for in depth analyses of her writings should look elsewhere.

    18. Nox on said:

      This is one of the books that has urged me to read more about other authors. When you read Francine's books, you cannot finish them without using a dictionary, but I always marvel her writing as somebody who is eager to learn.

    19. Fred Jones on said:

      Bio is competent enough; Gray doesn't strain to make Weil likeable, though I was really hoping to like her, and her ideas, and her courage, more.

    20. sunspot on said:

      very good biography. Weil was beautifully obsessive but you have to read her to get the depth of her obsession.

    21. Frank Spencer on said:

      Short enough to read quickly, but has the necessary info to paint a picture of this thinker.

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