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.
When I first read this book, I was as young as Francoise Sagan was, when she published the book.
The only problem with this story that I could find is that some of the details did not have enough depth, and that the narrator could be almost vapid.
The book is written with great sensitivity, clarity and vividness and a writing style that borders at time on the poetic.
The quality of any work of art is intrinsic, self-evident in the thing itself, independent of its creator. The art either has inherent merit, or it does not. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ignatz90
An interesting book with a twist ending. I wouldn't really say that I liked it, but I wouldn't say that I disliked it.Published 1 month ago by Shelbee
A classic book but I didn't really enjoy it. Well-written, but not personally interested in the sophisticated characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yb
this book offered a teenager's view into a world of conceit and deceit and manipulation which as a teen i found deep and exciting and somehow attractive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by will crow
The narrator of this novel is a 17-year-old girl named Cecile who lives with her widowed father Raymond and a succession of the father's younger mistresses. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steven Davis
So, the first thing that needs to be said is...Francoise Sagan wrote this when she was only 18!!!
That, in and of itself, is quite the achievement and I was even more... Read more
Airy, wispy and light: one could easily skim these pages, but if you look closely into the sentences, you quickly discover a world of its own. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Niklas Pivic
A seventeen year old girl and her father are stumbling through life after the death of her mother, his wife. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James W. Fonseca