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Bonjour tristesse

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  15,967 Ratings  ·  1,034 Reviews
La villa est magnifique, l'été brûlant, la Méditerranée toute proche. Cécile a dix-sept ans. Elle ne connaît de l'amour que des baisers, des rendez-vous, des lassitudes. Pas pour longtemps. Son père, veuf, est un adepte joyeux des liaisons passagères et sans importance. Ils s'amusent, ils n'ont besoin de personne, ils sont heureux. La visite d'une femme de cœur, intelligen ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 153 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Pocket (first published 1954)
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Manny
Dec 07, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it
- 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
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Tatiana
Aug 10, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Dolors
Jan 17, 2014 Dolors rated it liked it  ·  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
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Fabian
Oct 27, 2010 Fabian rated it really liked it
The French 17 year-old girl narrator is at once astute and childish. The life of leisure that she leads is intoxicating, and her bohemian experiences and attitudes give the work a refreshing polish. This is somewhat of the opposite of "Catcher in the Rye" since Cecile is experienced, active, cool, while Holden C. has all the naivete of a newborn, is more of a spectator and is simply, when all is said and done, just D-ull.
Megha
May 20, 2011 Megha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
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
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ZaRi
Nov 29, 2016 ZaRi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
دوران راهنمایی بودم ؛دقیق یادم نیست کلاس دوم ،شاید هم سوم که می رفتم سراغ کتابخانه پدر و برادر هایم. پدرم علیرغم تشویق همیشگی به مطالعه و کتابخوانی چندان خوش نداشت دوران مدرسه شبها تا دیروقت بیدار بمانم و مطالعه کنم.نگران وضعیت درسیم بود.برای همین کتابهایی که قطعشان کوچکتر بود را مخفیانه برمیداشتم و میگذاشتم لای کتاب درسی و به خیال خودم هم که هیچکس نمی فهمد که چه میکنم. «سلام بر غم» جزو کتابهایی بود که قاچاقی خواندمش و اتفاقن خیلی هم چسبید! هر چند تقریبن بیشتر وقتها هنگام مطالعه مچم را میگرفتند. ...more
Shovelmonkey1
Apr 13, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 it was amazing
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.
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
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Madeline
Sep 17, 2012 Madeline rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-list
"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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب را <فرانسواز ساگان> زمانیکه 18 سال داشته است، به صورتِ خاطرات دختری نوشته است که <سسیل> نام داشته و پدر و مادرش از هم جدا شده اند و او با پدرش که مردی خوش گذران و زن باز است، زندگی میکند
پدر <سسیل> برای تعطیلات تابستان، ویلایی در کنار ساحل اجاره میکند تا تابستان را در آنجا سپری کنند
امّا پدر همراه خودش دوست دخترِ جوانش <الزا> را هم به آنجا میبرد و البته <سسیل> هم مشکلی با این موضوع و دوست دخترِ جذابِ پدرش ندارد
پس از چند روز <سسیل> با پس
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Blair
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
Paul
Jun 15, 2014 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-novels
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
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Aditi
"L’amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunes de la vie."

English translation: "Love makes the greatest pleasures and most sensitive misfortunes of life."

----Madeleine de Scudery


Françoise Sagan, an award-winning French novelist, has created an uproar in the French literary world as well as in the French community, with her debut novel, Bonjour Tristesse that has been translated into English by Irene Ash, after its crazy popularity and scandal, that earned Sagan a repu
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TheSkepticalReader
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
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Maribel
Jan 21, 2017 Maribel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Buenos días, tristeza' es de ese tipo de lecturas que comienzas sin expectativas, pero que te sorprenden gratamente. Es un libro corto, muy bien escrito y que te atrapa desde el primer momento.
La historia de Cécile no te dejará indiferente; para bien o para mal.
Duane
This review may contain spoilers.

Franchise Sagan was 17 when she wrote this novel, which is yet another example of a teen writer finding their way into the realm of classic world literature. Published in 1954, it had immediate success in France and a year later in the US, and 60 years later is still being enjoyed by readers everywhere. I think people were astonished first by the quality of the writing, and second by the level of insight the young writer had regarding serious adult relationships
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Kelly
Apr 17, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
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.
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
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
Rowena
Sep 29, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Kasia
"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, and the 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
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Mike Lester
Dec 19, 2011 Mike Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David
Sep 08, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, lady-writers
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
Evan
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
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Leah Heard
Jul 03, 2007 Leah Heard rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Ε.Χ.Γ. ⚓
"...Να την ποθεί σιγά-σιγά, πιο πολύ από κάθε τι άλλο, να την ποθεί με κείνη την διπλή επιθυμία που τρέφουμε οι άνθρωποι για κάτι απαγορευμένο."
مروان البلوشي
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طاقة التمرد والمغامرة والرغبة بالثورة على المألوف، تصفعك بنعومة من الصفحات
Claire McAlpine
Rachel Cooke in this Guardian article The subtle art of translation reflects on the importance of the right translation and relates her memory of reading Bonjour Tristesse.
a novel I have loved ever since I first read it as a teenager, and whose dreamy opening line in its original translation from the French by Irene Ash – “A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sadness” – I know by heart.

She decides to splash out and buy a new copy to read an
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Anna
Apr 10, 2009 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  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
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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.” 88 likes
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