This is a very entertaining book. It tells the story about this two philosopher's love affair (all their lives together).
These are the contents:
The author introduces the book and you really want to read it.
She tells us about Sartre's appeareance, because he was ugly, and about Simone having a lot of trouble finding a boyfriend, because she was very intelligent. How did they get to know each other, and how did they feel that they loved to be together and to talk for enless time.
The Pact: October 1929-September 1932
Here she tells about the pact Sartre and Beauvoir made. They promised to be together for all their lives, but not to tie themselves or live together.
Olga Kosakiewicz: October 1932-April 1937
This was one of their lots of friends and lovers. What makes her special, was that she was related to them all their lives, and they ended taking care of them as though she was their daughter.
The Prospect of War: May 1937-September 1939
Sartre had a lot of pain and stress because he didn't want to go to war. That was the first time that he and the Beaver would be appart so much time.
War: September 1939-March 1941
They finally had to face the fact of being apart. Sometimes she visited him, and another lover she had at the time. Sartre was visited by her and by other friends he used to have.
Occupied Paris: March 1941-September 1944
These were difficult times for both of them. But they allways comunicated with each other.
Fame: November 1944-January 1947
Sartre got his novel published, and he became to be famous and recognized. Beauvoir was famous too, and that opened a wide spectrum of relationships to them.
Wabansia Avenue, Jazz, and the Golden Zazou: January 1947-Summer 1950
After the terrible times of war, they could have a good time together (and with their respective lovers at the moment)
Crystal Blue Eyes: January 1951-December 1954
This was a guy that the Beaver fell inlove with. He was american, and he had this wonderful look with this blue eyes.
Exiles at Home: August 1955-February 1962
Beauvoir found a new love, and lived with him for eight years. She never forgot the crystal blue eyes man, and she was allways so close to Sartre (by the time, he had settled in with 3 women and one or other ocasional friend)
White Nights, Vodka, and Tears: June 1962-November 1966
Sartre was pushing himself too much. He had a lot of medicines to remain awake and work on his writing, and he had a lot of vodka at night to sleep. That was a not very healthful way of living so far...
Tragic Endings, New Beginnings: November 1966-May 1971
Sartre's health was not so good, he was in and out hospitals all the time.
The Farewell Ceremony: May 1971-April 1986
Sartre died and Beauvoir was so upset, that she developed pneumonia because of the stress. She lived a few years more, but she was only able to write one more book, and she dedicated it to him. After her death, her letters were published, but other people couldn't publish letters and documents, because the copyrights were protected by relatives, and they didn't give permission to publish them.