Cécile leads a hedonistic, frivolous life with her father and his young mistresses. On holiday in the South of France, she is seduced by the sun, sand and her first lover. But when her ...more
Bonjour Tristesse is a novel by Françoise Sagan. Published in 1954, when the author was only 18, it was an overnight sensation. The title is derived from a poem by Paul Éluard, "À peine défigurée", which begins with the lines "Adieu tristesse/Bonjour tristesse..." An English-language film adaptation was released in 1958, directed by Otto Preminger. 17-year-old Cécile spends her summer in a villa on the French Riviera with her father Raymond ...more
- You as bored with this party as I am?
- How bored are you?
- I believe I'm enjoying it slightly more than you.
- Were you often this bored when you were my age?
- How old are you?
- Um... I'm trying to remember. I think so.
- So what did you do?
- I read a lot.
- Me too. Anything you'd recommend?
- Something for a cynical girl who wants to be a famous author?
- You've read Bonjour Tristesse?
- It might inspire you. She published it ...more
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 ...more
The narrative is told by seventeen-year-old Cécile, holidaying on the Côte d'Azur with her widowed father, a roué who has brought along his young girlfriend. The daughter is exploring her own first sentimental ...more
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.
Amour des corps aimables.
Puissance de l’amour
Dont l’amabilité surgit
Comme un monstre sans corps.
Tristesse, beau visage.”
Paul Éluard, “À Peine Défigurée”
You are inscribed in the lines on the ...more
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 ...more
There are few players. Cecile is 17, rich, spoilt and ...more
Should be read in one sitting- with tea on an unhurried Sunday afternoon.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Françoise Hardy's words are quite fitting when it comes to describing the languorous atmosphere of "Bonjour Tristesse", another Françoise's first novel. An important novel, in spite of its flaws and shortcomings: one of those books a whole society must cope with once in a decade.
F. Sagan is only eighteen when she writes about Cécile, seventeen, a pampered teenage Parisian living with a pampered young ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cécile is seventeen and perfectly happy. She is spending the summer with her father, Raymond, a wealthy forty-year-old widower and his mistress, Elsa, an attractive twenty-something redhead who earns her living by posing for artists while flitting from one sugar daddy to another. On a whim, Raymond invites Anne, a friend of Cécile’s deceased mother, to join them at their rented villa. The ensuing ménage-à-quatre is untenable—jealousies and power struggles arise. Cécile cannot bear for anyone to...more
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 ...more
A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sadness. In the past the idea of sadness always appealed to me, now I am almost ashamed of its complete egoism.
How strikingly different this is from the literature of 1950s England: laddish books of class and ambition like Room at the Top and A Kind of Loving where young women are trophies and obstacles with their ever-present desired and frightening bodies. Sagan's narrator, in contrast, is the 17 ...more
But I would say that its charms end there. As carefully and thoughtfully drawn as its ...more
Plus, my copy contained a great bonus essay Sagan penned about the intoxicating risk, the “exultant and almost serene pleasure” of speeding. She describes that amazing rush one gets when “exceeding the limitations of the car and the surface on which you are driving, exceeding the car’s capacity to hold the road and perhaps even your own reflexes. It is a lighthearted gamble between ...more
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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 ...more