Simone de Beauvoir is tough to assess

Attempting to review a book by Simone de Beauvoir means I must be either supremely stupid or incredibly naïve. I guess I'm a bit of both. Another reason for my caution is a throw-back to my high school English Literature classes when our excruciatingly boring teacher would attempt to wake us up by asking, "And what do you think Shakespeare meant by that?". I always think it's somewhat arrogant to presume to know what any author meant unless you ask him specifically. Two years ago I read a thoroughly enjoyable…

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