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Bonjour Tristesse

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  11,519 ratings  ·  756 reviews
Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cécile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.

Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute an
Paperback, 107 pages
Published 1987 by Penguin (first published 1954)
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Aug 16, 2011 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: 1001 Must Read List
This is why I don't read books written by teenagers. Banal and melodramatic.

A bored, spoiled 17-year old who has a bit of a crush on her playboy daddy hates her soon-to-be-stepmother. Cue never-ending angst, alcohol, scheming, glam life, underage sex, and boredom, boredom, boredom, and voila! - a bestseller and a classic.

Please, somebody, get her to do some chores so that she doesn't stuff her head with rubbish!

I am tired of such tripe being praised because of "but the author was only 17 when s
- Hello. I'm Cécile.

- Manny.

- You as bored with this party as I am?

- How bored are you?

- Very.

- I believe I'm enjoying it slightly more than you.

- Were you often this bored when you were my age?

- How old are you?

- Seventeen.

- Um... I'm trying to remember. I think so.

- So what did you do?

- I read a lot.

- Me too. Anything you'd recommend?

- Category?

- Something for a cynical girl who wants to be a famous author?

- You've read Bonjour Tristesse?

- Uh-uh.

- It might inspire you. She published it ver
Jan 22, 2014 Dolors rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who thrive in sadness
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2014
“Adieu tristesse,
Bonjour tristesse.
Tu es inscrite dans les lignes du plafond.
Tu es inscrite dans les yeux que j’aime
Tu n’es pas tout à fait la misère,
Car les lèvres les plus pauvres te dénoncent
Par un sourire.
Bonjour tristesse.
Amour des corps aimables.
Puissance de l’amour
Dont l’amabilité surgit
Comme un monstre sans corps.
Tête désappointée.
Tristesse, beau visage.”

Paul Éluard, “À Peine Défigurée”

“Adieu Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse
Farewell Sadness
Hello Sadness
You are inscribed in the lines on the ce
Being stuck on the runway for three hours with Bonjour Tristesse in hand is no fun, I tell you.

I read this at a time when I had a lot on my plate. I didn't have enough patience to be concerned about the problems of a bunch of vain people who are wealthier than Scrooge McDuck, who spend their days sun-bathing and surfing and whose evenings are dedicated to drinking and dancing.

Yeah, I agree it is well-written for an 18 year old author. But it is also so superficial. It is natural that the 17 year
Jun 15, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with cruel intentions
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
So what to say about Cecile and her incessant scheming? Apparently a summer on the Med, smoking and drinking on daddy's dollar (or franc) is not enough for well bred young ladies these days. Where swimming, sunbathing and generally being a bright young thing were once enough, Cecile ups the ante and decides that a more diverting way to spend the summer is to plot the downfall of her fathers current relationship and in between times, try to loose her virginity to the likeable but none too bright ...more
Alexandra Elizabeth
Dec 01, 2007 Alexandra Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cynical romantics
I found an old copy of this book on the floor of a bar and read it in the midst of a quarter life crisis (I was 24) and a rapidly dissolving summer love affair. I found it was the perfect voice for a story about the pivotal moment we all face when we realize our innocence has died. I could write a thousand reasons as to why I love this book, but they would do it no justice. My favorite book through and through. For anyone who dwells in premature nostalgia.
Written when Sagan was still a teenager it is the story of Cecile, a seventeen year old girl who lives with her amoral and dissolute father who has a different woman in tow every two months or so. This year seems to be the year for vapid teenagers; having read A Clockwork Orange and The Catcher in the Rye. Admittedly this was better than the latter and at least here there is some self knowledge and development over the period of the book.
There are few players. Cecile is 17, rich, spoilt and supp
"That summer, I was seventeen and perfectly happy. ...My father was forty, and had been a widower for fifteen years. He was young for his age, full of vitality and liveliness. When I left my convent school two years before and came to Paris to live with him, I soon realized that he was living with a woman. But I was slower in accepting the fact that his fancy changed every six months! But gradually his charm, my new easy life, and my own disposition, led me to fall in readily with his ways. He w ...more
This short and sparkling novel was famously published when the author was just 18 years old. While the same length as some short stories, Bonjour Tristesse feels fully-formed and deftly plotted. The narrator, Cécile, is a 17-year-old girl enjoying an extended summer holiday in the south of France with her father. Cécile is pampered, spoilt and somewhat bratty; her father, who she worships, is a louche and charming womaniser. They see themselves as free spirits, although their 'easy' lifestyle is ...more
Bonjour Tristesse is one of those books that, while it’s quick and easy to read, generates a lot of contemplation.

Cécile, our narrator, is perhaps one of the most unlikable characters I’ve ever read. She is a seventeen-year-old overindulgent, pampered child of a father who lives in his own life rather carefree. One summer vacation, Cécile’s life is interrupted by a blast from their past and things take a turn for the worse. It doesn’t help that this story is recounted by her adult self and the t
Feb 26, 2010 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: francophiles, bookish teen girls and former bookish teen girls
A lovely pyschological gem that seems to perfectly depict what it was like to be smart, rich and seventeen years old in 1954. I particularly liked the delicate, exquisite, admirably honest rendering of Cecile's emotions, whether ugly or sweet. I was that age not so very long ago- it isn't hard to remember the truth in what she's saying here.

Should be read in one sitting- with tea on an unhurried Sunday afternoon.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This caused a sensation when it was first published in 1959. Why? The author was just 18 years old when she wrote this and the principal protagonist was a 17-year-old girl, with her 40-year-old wealthy father, both carefree and hedonistic. The father treats his sexual conquests like sporting events; the daughter (who narrates the story), in turn, admits that her love of pleasure "seems to be the only coherent side of (her) character." She's "vaguely uncomfortable with anyone devoid of physical c ...more
MJ Nicholls
First, a digression. (How can one digress before the story has even begun? Surely for a digression to take place, a tangible thread needs to be established? Well, what is this parenthesis exactly, if not a digression? Point proven). So: that digression I promised. My first brush with love was with a Scottish lassie named Emma (not a very Scots name, but if local flavour is required, let’s call her Agnes). So Emma-Agnes was the victim of my affections and the entire “passionate” encounter is best ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
503. Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
سلام بر غم - فرانسواز ساگان (هرم، فرخی) ادبیات فرانسه
به ندرت چنین کتابی خوانده ام. شاهکاری اسرارآمیز که گشودن آن آسان نیست. خوانشگر همزمان احساس تنهایی میکند و نمیکند. «سلام بر غم»، نخستین رمان «فرانسواز ساگان» و یکی از معجزات نادر قرن بگذشته است. در سال 1954 دختری هجده ساله و نازپرورده قلم به دست میگیرد و مینگارد: «تردید دارم، نام غم را به این احساس غریب و زیبا که درد لطیفش آزارم میدهد، بدهم. چنان احساس منحصر به فرد و خودخواهانه ای ست که تقریباً از آن خجال
"Bonjou, Tristesse" or "Hello, Sadness",is not as sad or depressing as the title suggests.There's no debate whether you should I slash your wrists or put a bullet in your cranium. Nothing like that. It's French riviera, adultery, streaming sun and first kisses. All followed by a cynical, but necessary in my opinion, ending.

The book is mighty short mind you, andthe writing surprisingly mature.Sagan was 18 this was published, did you know? I didn't (not until I was done with the book).

In all my ig
Mike Lester
They say we only want the things we can't have. They also say we only appreciate things and people once they're gone. Well, goddammit, they're right. That's the curse of being human. We're constantly chasing our tails, looking for something better, for that one thing or person that will complete our lives, all while time is passing us by with each ticking tock. Then there are those of us who realize this, those who see the passage of time as an almost tangible thing, and who desperately want to ...more
"Goodbye Sadness." I was drawn to the screen adaptation of this book years ago because of the title and I really enjoyed it. I decided to read this book in French as it's not too long and therefore didn't seem too overwhelming to me.

The main character, 17 year old Cecile, was something else! It was interesting to read Cecile's scheming thoughts, though you can't help but think what a spoiled brat she is. With a playboy father like Raymond who doesn't really parent her, I guess it's not a surpri
Leah Heard
Jul 03, 2007 Leah Heard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: francophiles, teenagers, escapists
Shelves: childhood-books
This book will always remind me of the time I read it--I think I was about 14, and it was far and away the most grown up thing I'd read. The style of the prose is very intimate; as such, the main character is very easy to relate to. Sagan does an excellent job transporting you to a very different time and place. This is a quick, enjoyable novella that is great for an airplane ride or a light summery read.
Far lesser tragedies -- and all too often, greater ones -- than the one led up to during the ritzy summer Mediterranean vacation described in Bonjour Tristesse occur constantly because people want to preserve a way of life or gain some advantage in love or power or materialism.

In this book, the young, carefree protagonist, Cecile, fears the loss of a way of life, preferring it to the uncertainty of the future. Perhaps she fears even more the loss of the true love of her life, her father. As long
Apr 10, 2009 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a more sophisticated beach read
I wish I hadn't known that Francoise Sagan was only 17 when she wrote this book, because I can't tell if I'm being too hard on her in my review, or not hard enough. Either way, the book is notable for its unflinchingly realistic characterization--startlingly so, considering the youth of its author at the time. It's also fascinating for its insider's glance at a certain social set during a certain time period.

But I would say that its charms end there. As carefully and thoughtfully drawn as its c
Sep 20, 2010 Mariel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: daddy! daddy!
Recommended to Mariel by: me! me! me!
Satire doesn't do it for me unless: 1.) it also works as its own story; 2.) says anything that I didn't already know.
I was a silly teenage girl once (I doubt I was ever that vapid, though). I knew lots of silly teenaged girls.
What was satire actually just felt like spending time with a silly teenaged girl. And the point of that would be to what? I have no idea. She's a bimbo French girl with an unhealthy jealousy of her father's new girlfriend. The girlfriend wastes her time trying to make somet
Bonjour Tristesse is a sun-soaked novella that follows the narrator Céline, a 17 year old girl who feels threatened by a new woman in her Casanova-like father Raymond's life. Manipulative and contrary, she decides to do her best to prevent the threat to her current laid back and loose way of life.

This was an intensely readable novella, one you can easily get through in one sitting - not just because of the short length but because the writing is pretty and easy to read, and flows along like wave
I was lying in the sand, taking a handful of it in my hand, letting it flow from my fingers in a soft, yellowy stream. I was thinking that it was flowing away like time, which was a simple idea, and that it was pleasant to have simple ideas. It was summer.
A rich, liberated young French girl lives in a villa on the Riviera for the summer with her lothario father and his woman of the moment. Her days are spent sunbathing, swimming, walking in the countryside, visiting fashionable somebodies in t
اولین کتاب این نویسنده است که در سن 18 سالگی نوشته شده که با توجه به این موضوع اثر قابل قبولی بود. در کل حس غم رو خوب توصیف کرده و موضوع داستان هم بد نیست...... (نزاع و کشمکش دختری 17 ساله با خودش)

میشه گفت از اون دست کتاباییه که خوندنش به تمرکز خاصی نیاز نداره ( فقط در حد گم نکردن رد تفکرات شخصیت اصلی داستان) و حین مسافرت و در کل برای وقت پر کردن و از بیکاری در اومدن خوبه.
برای این داستان ساده امتیاز 2.5 تا 3 مناسب به نظر میرسه
Heba Aleem
وداعا أيها الحزن
مرحبا أيها الحزن
أنت مسطور فى صفحة السقف
أنت مسطور فى عينى من أحب
إنك لست كلك بؤسا
إن الشفتين الحزينتين تفصحان عنك بإبتسامة

... فمرحبا أيها الحزن

بول ايلوار*
My favorite movie of all time is, embarrassingly, My Best Friend's Wedding - the 1997 hit with Julia Roberts (Julia), Dermot Mulroney (Michael), Rupert Everett (George), and Cameron Diaz (Kim). The basic premise for those who haven't seen it is that Julia and Michael are longtime best friends, and she hears from him after a longtime (she was on a book tour), to discover that he is marrying Kim - George is her gay best friend and boss. Julia develops a scheme to break up their marriage, almost do ...more
Cristina Boncea
O carte ce poate fi ușor comparată cu Lolita, fiind o versiunea din perspectiva feminină, aproape la fel de dramatică și plină de o grămadă de elemente bolnăvicioase, vanitate și gelozie. Aș putea de asemenea să o compar cu seria Gossip Girl, cartea Mincinoșii de E. Lockhart și multe altele a căror acțiune are loc într-un cadru din înalta societate iar personajele sunt obsedate de banii lor.
Cecile e o tânără de șaptesprezece ani, orfană de mamă, care pleacă împreună cu tatăl său într-o vacanță.
One old edition of this book has a blurb on the cover: "THE CLASSIC BESTSELLER ABOUT AMORAL YOUTH ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA!" I'm glad I hadn't read that before reading because I might have expected more unbridled debauchery. (Not to mention more "youth," as there is only one teenager in the whole book.)

I loved this book--this story. When it's December in Portland and the rain is beating against the windows, it's pleasant to read about the sun soaking through to your bones and think about hot coffee
Sagan was only 18 when she wrote this, her first novel. This book remains in a little time capsule of perfection for me.

I read this on a trip to China, specifically Hong Kong and Shanghai. The emotions captured in her words foreshadow the period beyond that summer trip...

"I felt sorry that I had come to it through lies. The day might come when I would love someone passionately, and would have to search warily, gently for the way to reach his heart."
Dec 31, 2009 Maria marked it as read-too-long-ago  ·  review of another edition
He borrado seis veces esta reseña, así que aquí va lo esencial: la leí hace más de diez años y no sé si atreverme a releerla, me impactó mucho mucho mucho como sólo impacta el cine de la nouvelle vague a las adolescentes gafapastosas y además me quitó las ganas de fumar.
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Born Françoise Quoirez, she grew up in a French, Catholic, bourgeois family. She was an independent thinker and avid reader as a young girl, and upon failing her examinations for continuing at the Sorbonne, she became a writer.

She went to her family's home in the south of France and wrote her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, at age 18. She submitted it to Editions Juillard in January 1954 and it
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“A Strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow. The idea of sorrow has always appealed to me but now I am almost ashamed of its complete egoism. I have known boredom, regret, and occasionally remorse, but never sorrow. Today it envelops me like a silken web, enervating and soft, and sets me apart from everybody else.” 65 likes
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