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All Men Are Mortal Paperback – May 17, 1992
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Probably de Beauvoir's strangest and most compelling novel Ingrams A writer whose tears for her characters freeze as they drop Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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The heroine, Regina, is an actress. Self absorbed, cruel to others without understanding of why, competetive and needing the undivided attention of the world around her. As an initiate into the nunhood, the realisation that she could not command the love of God for only herself, transformed her into the character we find at the time this story takes place.
The story truly begins when she sees a man, Fosca, laying on the ground staring at the sky hour after hour..day after day. His lack of admiration for the world around him, and his lack of attention to her, only spurs her further to force herself into his world. Fosca unwillingly is drawn slowly into her life, and reveals his history and a strange secret. He is immortal. What unfolds is Regina replacing God with Fosca. God could not love only her. But Fosca is immortal, therefor he is also God-like. By replacing God with Fosca, Regina feels that if he were to love only her, she too would be immortal (so to speak) and larger than life. What more could a self-absorbed woman ask for than to be immortalised in the minds of men?
This gothic novel with all it's history and battles, examines the state of humaness and the state of Godliness. When reading this novel, one can't help but feel the sadness of both experiences. The endless loneliness of being a God..Read more ›
This is a story for realists who will not be disappointed! There are pangs which are meant to dishearten times, but they are counterbalanced with revelations of faith and warmth --everything in small doses. You just may find out more about yourself as you turn the pages, as this book is highly analytical and presses for self-exploration.
If you are fascinated by history, you will be easily drawn into the pages of this book and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells which surround you.
I have truly enjoyed reading this and being spun into the fabrics of its philosophy. Thank you, Amazon!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't read it yet since the printing is so bad it hurts my eyes! Blotchy, out of focus, barely bearable.Published 1 month ago by Mike Herguth
'All Men Are Mortal' is such a departure from her other novels I was a first taken a bit aback. One has to really enjoy learning about European history to get the full impact of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gevais N Jefferson
Mine was missing a dozen or so scattered pages in book three. Rather, the pages were there, but the words were not. Good book aside.Published 20 months ago by wearinkelly
Simone de Beauvoir's "All Men Are Mortal" tells the tale of an immortal man. Fosca starts out as part of the nobility of a small city state in Italy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rufus Burgess
Decent book. Took 4 months to arrive, did not have it for the class I neededPublished 23 months ago by Jonny
Only reason why not 5 stars is because the cover is cheesy. I read it as a young man in the original hardcover which left me unprepared to the historic, philosophical, romantic,... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by bookworm_2000