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Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
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Aug 11, 09

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Read in August, 2009

Here's another book published by an 18-year-old that doesn't suck. Which is both wonderful to see, but also painful. Most 18-year-olds are plain insufferable.

In any case, the story is about 17-year-old Cecile, a young French girl about to become a woman. Her father is quite the ladies man, being widowed yet quite, erm, experienced. Cecile, though still young, tries her hand at wooing men not much younger than her father. Freudian, yes. Cecile gets along smashingly with Elsa, one of her father's relations, who is fantastic and fashionable. The summer progresses nicely until Anne enters the picture, a more cultured and refined woman who steals Cecile's father's heart. As time goes on Cecile realizes that Anne has a good chance of taking her father from her, and in a fit of naivety and childishness tries to push the sensitive Anne out of their lives.

This is one of those books with a nice moral, like, "Careful what you wish for" or "Don't meddle in the affairs of others" or along those lines. Sagan was a young woman herself when she was first published with this book, and this is a short and simple book. This is not to say it's superficial in any way. In fact I imagine Sagan probably had a lot of stories in her and I look forward to checking them out, if for no other reason than to see how Sagan grew as a writer as she herself became an adult.
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