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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 Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A patriot and a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self-doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, and an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of 34 after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the 20th 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 listeners.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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