Spring 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 2 Book Reviews |

How Is Your Novel Going?

Les Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir. Gallimard. 900 francs. Simone de Beauvoir's last novel, which won the Prix Goncourt, is still only available in French but it should be a success in this country the minute it is translated, both for the right and the wrong reasons. The book begins with one hundred pages of love affairs, the first one a liaison of ten years which is about to break up, a strange beginning because it is so late 19th Century, so exactly the material of the bourgeois novelists the Existentialists despise. One must admit that Mme. de Beauvoir does it better; she can place herself on both sides. Then one of these poisonous young girls appears, at first sight rather like Xavière in L'lnvitée, but provided with intellectual parents from whom she can scarcely revolt because they allow her to do everything. The young girl, Nadine, proceeds to act, in 1945, like Brett in The Sun Also Rises and for a moment there is a whiff of post-World War One in something beside

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