- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (7 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241951569
- ISBN-13: 978-0241951569
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.6 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bonjour Tristesse (Penguin Essentials) Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale (The Times)
The novel that paved the way for the permissive society...one of the literary sensations of the century (Daily Telegraph)
Francoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guardian)
About the Author
Françoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just 19, became a succès de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004.
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Teen protagonist Cécile holidays with her playboy father on the French Riviera. Content sharing him with his bimbo girlfriend, life is perfect. But when Anne, an old friend of her father, arrives loaded with intelligence, grace and beauty, Cécile decides to remove Anne from her father's heart.
Sagan, only eighteen when published, writes teenage angst with honesty and wit. The hell-raising author creates a conflicting lead character who changes her mind from chapter to chapter. Sagan's descriptions of a summer in France and the bohemian lifestyle makes one want to give up, head to the beach and drink wine all evening. Comparisons from other reviews of J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye are valid, as the success of Bonjour Tristesse is the voice.
I adored this book for its portrayal of a young woman in fifties France and the `at odds with itself' voice.
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