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The Second Sex Paperback – 3 May 2011
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"The effect of the new translation, which should be applauded, is to make Beauvoir more herself. . . still lively, still apropos." --Slate
“This is the edition Beauvoir herself would have wanted, one so true to the original that we can hear her voice in the text. Borde and Malovany-Chevallier’s new translation is long overdue, and it is a triumph.” —Margaret Simons, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Southern Illinois University
“[Borde and Malovany-Chevallier’s translation] can be read with confidence, enlightenment, and pleasure. . . . A significant step forward and a remarkable achievement. So if you’re one of those people who always meant to read The Second Sex—why not now?” —Women’s Review of Books
“From Eve’s apple to Virginia Woolf’s room of her own, Beauvoir’s treatise remains an essential rallying point, urging self-sufficiency and offering the fruit of knowledge.”
"[A] long-awaited achievement." –"Book Bench," newyorker.com
About the Author
Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, both American, are longtime residents of France and former teachers at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Judith Thurman, author of Isak Dinesen and Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
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However, the issues I have with the book are that of print quality.
I bought this book for my university course - and have had to spend a lot of time deciphering the first word of each line of the text on the left-hand page because it is not printed properly. It becomes very frustrating and tiring. The difficulty of reading a book should be in the comprehension of the presentation and exploration of complex ideas - not trying to work out what the ink on the page says. I am thoroughly disappointed with the print quality of the text; particularly when the content of the text is so beautiful.