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Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel Paperback – June 17, 2008
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Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Françoise Sagan (1935-2004) was only eighteen when her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, was published. Her other novels include Incidental Music, A Certain Smile, and The Painted Lady.
Top Customer Reviews
Cécile is a precocious seventeen-year-old girl who travels to the French Riviera in the company of her father and his mistress. She is used to having different women around with her father all the time. But when he decides to marry one of them, Cécile and her lover Cyril decide to do something to stop him. Meanwhile, she is also learning about life, love, sex and pleasures. All these life-changing experiences will make the girl grow up towards to womanhood.
Françoise Sagan writes about something she knew, and it makes the book very interesting to read. Her prose never sounds fake or far-fetched. Although, it is a little dated --some of Cécile's acts that were daring by that day are just `normal' nowadays-- it has not lost its freshness. The Riviera settings are beautifully described, and we're often asking what the girl will do next.
It is undeniable it is a novel about that time in our lives when we're not a child any more and not yet an adult. With a mind filled with questions, we're trying to define who we are and will be in the future to come. Cécile has to face tragic events to understand what her life is and what it will be like for the next years. While many consider her being a spoilt little brat, this is the time when she is forced to stop being that, and see she won't have her father papering her forever.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed but not greatly surprised. One has to keep in mind this was published in 1954 and for the times it was probably shocking and offensive to some. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fiston
Not the novel of the century, but the French is fairly elementary, and that's what I was looking for. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Biggreydog
Unfortunately I was unable to GET the book, ergo, I can not write any review about itPublished 2 months ago by scastellon
Very interesting novel which I appreciated more than I did when reading it (in English) at a much younger age. Very nice e-format.Published 3 months ago by Emily Dickenson
This book is in English! I thought it was in French. Waste of money.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very good book. It might be my favorite by this author. Good practice for readers of French as well.Published 6 months ago by Anna M.
I reread Bonjour Tristesse. I didn’t like it more than I did a few decades ago. One could certainly recognize the sexual, social, and psychological maturity of her young author,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by wordsandpeace