THE WOMAN DESTROYED by Simone de Beauvoir. 254 pages. Putnam. $5.95.
To Simone de Beauvoir, it seems maddeningly unfair that a sufferer from the degenerative disease, life, should in addition be tormented by the petty affliction of being female. In three new novellas she returns to the theme as to a sore tooth.
As the title of the collection suggests, two of the self-absorbed women who relate their predicaments are truly destroyed and the third is near to it. But by what? By nothing worseand this is what gallsthan age, the defection of children, the cooling interest of husbands.
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