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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine du Plessix Gray Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2001 ISBN: 9781415911259
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nox | 9/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 5/29/2013

    " 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... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred Jones | 3/5/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sunspot | 1/1/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nox | 8/19/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 1/1/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 6/30/2008

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 7/21/2007

    " 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... "

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About the Author

Francine du Plessix Gray is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and is the author of numerous books, including Simone Weil, At Home with the Marquis de Sade, Rage and Fire, Lovers and Tyrants, and Soviet Women. She lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.