Books: The Second Sex Revisited

The Second Sex Revisited LES BELLES IMAGES by Simone de Beauvoir. 224 pages. Putnam. $4.95.

When Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex) casts her cold, existentialist eye on the predicament of modern woman, the author emerges like a tough-minded, hardhearted Fransoise Sagan. Les Belles Images has sold over 100,000 copies in France for reasons that have nothing to do with the art of fiction. In its brief compass (long enough to irritate, short enough to finish between lunch and cocktails), the novel lambastes modern life, love, marriage and values with thoroughgoing...

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