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This review is from: Bonjour Tristesse (Mass Market Paperback)This is a novel that swept France 70 years ago. Today it seems very dated and is quickly read and forgotten, but then it seems to have touched every Frenchman's heart. So read it so that you say that you have. It does have a place in the hall of fame if only because it sold so many copies so quickly.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2011 16:13:55 GMT
I don't know quite what you could have expected. Yes, it is of its time, but none the less charming for that. It is of a more formal age, but surely, that does not make it bad? The story is beautifully, sensitively told and utterly believable - I really felt I was back in the Riviera before it became vulgar and obsessed with money and celebrity.
I strongly advise anyone with a love of French literature to read this novella, preferably in French.
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