A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death is a poignant day-to-day account of her mother’s last weeks on her deathbed. Simone de Beauvoir writes honestly and compassionately about the race between pain and death that her mother goes through.

A Very Easy Death

After a fall, a fracture of the neck of the femur is diagnosed. With more problems arising they finally discover cancer. At 78, Mme de Beauvoir has been widowed for more than twenty years and has two daughters.

From what seemed to be nothing to serious, Mme de Beauvoir’s body sinks into a devastating hole of rapidly deteriorating health. The doctors’ efforts to keep her alive through surgery and medication seem cruel than helpful, as her mother’s suffering intensifies. Simone bears witness to all these moments of how the illness tortures her mother.

“For the first time I saw her as a dead body under suspended sentence.”

This raw story really shows the tragedy of dying and how worse it is to be dying than death itself. It also shows how lonely death can be, and how helpless the ones close to the dying person can be. The false hopes and the witnessing of pain and death playing a brutal game of tug-of-war. De Beauvoir records her despair, one greater than she had felt when her father and other family members died.

“Death itself does not frighten me; it is the jump I am afraid of.”

It’s intelligently written, as one would expect nothing less from Simone de Beauvoir. It’s brief and powerful, moving, and shocking. Beautiful and tragic at the same time.  

Simone de Beauvoir: Britannica

Reading In Colour – For The Fun Of It

I have been having fun on my Instagram page, posting books by their cover colour. Sometimes it helps me choose what to read. I will just have a short season of a specific colour to read. Here are some of my reading in colour photos.

Blue Reads

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

Black Reads

“When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet.”
― Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

Red Reads

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
– George Orwell, 1984

White and Red Reads

“The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists
Spencer Johnson.” – Who Moved My Cheese?

Green Reads

“Operation Self-Esteem–Day Fucking One.
Elizabeth Gilbert.”
– Eat, Pray, Love

Hopefully, I can organise my shelf with the same enthusiasm and order. I guess I’m going to have to collect more books to be able to do that. (Any excuse to buy more books).