Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

Book - 2008
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Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father--a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye--for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. But the arrival of her late mother's best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl's pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cécile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart...with tragic, unexpected consequences.

The internationally beloved story of a precocious teenager's attempts to understand and control the world around her, Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse is a beautifully composed, wonderfully ambiguous celebration of sexual liberation, at once sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c1955
ISBN: 9780061440793
Branch Call Number: SAGAN
Characteristics: 130 p


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Oct 24, 2015

This book about decadent people holds up 65 years after it was written and seem quite contemporary.

Jul 18, 2015

Read this as part of the Book Riot Challenge. For such a compact story, it's a disturbing look into the mind of malice and manipulation. The ending was completely #%!ed up to boot. Fans of Gone Girl and the like would approve.

Feb 27, 2015

"A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow."
Hello sadness! French author Francoise Sagan was only 18 when her debut novel came out and it was something of a sensation, but it's hard now to see what the fuss was all about. It's amusing, but slight. Made into a film by Otto Preminger starring Jean Seberg, David Niven, and Deborah Kerr.

Jan 02, 2013

I loved this book! It was very short and took me a day to read. A story about a spoiled 17 year old who wishes to destroy her father's relationship with his fiance for her own selfish reasons. I loved the writing style, considering this was written in 1955.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 15, 2010

written by a teen author - age 18

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