Simone Go Home

Malcolm, Donald
June 1956
New Republic;6/18/56, Vol. 134 Issue 25, p18
The article analyses the book "The Mandarins," by Simone de Beauvoir. The author has not tried to be tactful but she has the reader firmly gripped. The treatment of the book is impressive and overwhelming, but not interesting. Concurrent with the flow of debate, and inseparable from it, runs the story of the various paths taken by the French intelligentsia in the post-liberation period, when the unity of the Resistance Movement began to evaporate. The weakness of the novel lies in the fact that the lengthy debates are more apt to exasperate than challenge the reader.


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