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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, intelligente et calme, vient troubler ce délicieux désordre. Comment écarter la menace ? Dans la pinède embrasée, un jeu cruel se prépare.
C'était l'été 1954. On entendait pour la première fois la voix sèche et rapide d'un « charmant petit monstre » qui allait faire scandale. la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle commençait. Elle serait à l'image de cette adolescente déchirée entre le remords et le culte du plaisir.

154 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published March 15, 1954

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Françoise Sagan

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Born Françoise Quoirez, Sagan 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 was published that March. Later that year, She won the Prix des Critiques for Bonjour Tristesse.

She chose "Sagan" as her pen name because she liked the sound of it and also liked the reference to the Prince and Princesse de Sagan, 19th century Parisians, who are said to be the basis of some of Marcel Proust's characters.

She was known for her love of drinking, gambling, and fast driving. Her habit of driving fast was moderated after a serious car accident in 1957 involving her Aston Martin while she was living in Milly, France.

Sagan was twice married and divorced, and subsequently maintained several long-term lesbian relationships. First married in 1958 to Guy Schoeller, a publisher, they divorced in 1960, and she was then married to Robert James Westhoff, an American ceramicist and sculptor, from 1962 to 63. She had one son, Denis, from her second marriage.

She won the Prix de Monaco in 1984 in recognition of all of her work.

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Author 28 books13.4k followers
March 28, 2010
- 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 very young, and it's excellent. And the heroine's first name is the same as yours.

- Any other reasons?

- You don't like your stepmother much, do you?

- You got that one right.

- Well, it has detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to kill her and get away clean.

- Hey! Now I really must read it. Thanks.

- You're welcome.

- Want to come upstairs for a bit?

- You won't be offended if I say no?

- It's okay. I'll find some other middle-aged man to seduce. How about him over there?

- He looks promising. Good luck.

- Okay, well, nice talking. And I'll check out the book.

- I enjoyed meeting you too. Let me know what you think.

- I will. Bye.

- Bye.
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September 1, 2021
(Book 503 from 1001 books) - Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan

Bonjour Tristesse is a novel by Françoise Sagan. Published in 1954, when the author was only 18, it was an overnight sensation. 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 and his current mistress, the young, superficial, fashionable Elsa, who gets on well with Cécile.

Raymond is an attractive, worldly, amoral man who excuses his serial philandering with an Oscar Wilde quote about sin: "Sin is the only note of vivid color that persists in the modern world."

Cécile says, "I believed that I could base my life on it", and accepts their languorous lifestyle as the ideal of privileged status.

One of its advantages for Cécile is that her father, who has no intellectual interests, does not care if she studies or not. Another is that he gives her leeway to pursue her own interests, with the assumption that she will be an amusing addition to the superficial social gatherings he favors. In the next villa to theirs is a young man in his 20's, Cyril, with whom Cécile has her first sexual romance. ...

سلام بر غم - فرانسواز ساگان (هرم، فرخی) ادبیات فرانسه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه اکتبر سال 2008میلادی

عنوان: سلام بر غم؛ نویسنده: فرانسواز ساگان؛ مترجم: حسینقلی جواهری؛ تهران، فرخی، چاپ سوم 1350 ، در 164ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، دنیای کتاب، 1396، در 178ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسه - سده 20م

مترجم: فرزام حبیبی؛ تهران، هرم، 1385، در 164ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، زاویه، 1395؛

مترجم: علی اصغر محمدزاده؛ تهران، مرجان، 1380، در 160ص؛ شابک 9647563043؛

مترجم: مریم احمدی، تهران، ایرون، 1381، در 191ص؛ شابک ایکس - 964202414؛

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 سده ی بگذشته (سده بیستم میلادی) است؛ در سال 1954میلادی 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 است، که تقریباً از آن خجالت میکشم؛ غم، همواره در نظرم، احساسی قابل احترام بوده، آن را نمیشناختم؛ اندوه، تاسف و گاهی ندامت را حس میکردم؛ حالا چیزی مانند ابریشم مرا دربر میگیرد، که نرم و خسته کننده است، و از دیگران جدایم میکند.»؛

نخستین بخش از کتاب «ساگان»، افسون موسیقی، و غم، نویسنده اش را دربر دارد؛ او داستان «سسیل» را بازگو میکند؛ کودک بدبختی از یک خانواده ثروتمند، که مشغول سپری کردن تعطیلات خود، با پدر دیوانه، و معشوقه ی اوست؛ همه چیز به خوبی در یک فضای زنده و آرام میگذرد؛ تا روزیکه پدر تصمیم میگیرد، با معشوقه ی خود «آنا»، که نسبتاً جدی و متعادل است، و امکان دارد این زندگی بی دغدغه را از بین ببرد، ازدواج کند؛ «سسیل» تصمیم میگیرد، نقشه ی آنها را برهم بریزد؛ پیروز میشود، و پایان این شوخی، یک ماجرای غم انگیز است؛ «ساگان» در سال 1954میلادی و در هجده سالگی، با نوشتن همین داستان «سلام بر غم»، به جاودانگی رسید؛ داستان به بیش از بیست زبان ترجمه و برگردانده شد؛ سرگذشت «سسیل» دختر هفده ساله ی یک خانواده ثروتمند، که تنها به لذتهای زندگی توجه دارد، و از تنهایی، به طرح توطئه ی قتل میپردازد؛ «ساگان» چهل داستان و نمایشنامه های دیگر هم بنوشته است، که عنوانهاشان: «لبخند»، «بازهم خداحافظ»، «چشمهای ابریشمی»، «رختخوابی که جمع نمیشد»، «حافظ قلب»، «یک روستا در سوئد»، و بالاخره «اتوبیوگرافی» ...؛

ایشان در زمینه اندیشه ی فلسفی نیز، نکات جالبی از خویش به یادگار بگذاشته اند، از جمله این نکته و جمله ی نغز که: (قوانین برای انطباق با خواست مردم، و تحقق آن، باید طرح و تصویب شوند؛ نه با این هدف دولت، که مردمان بر خلاف میل و نیازشان، پس از تصویب، و آغاز اجرای قانون موضوعه، خود را با آن قوانین وفق و تطبیق دهند)؛ پایان نقل

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1,379 reviews11.7k followers
August 16, 2011
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 she wrote it!" excuse.

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933 reviews1,525 followers
August 23, 2020
The French seventeen year-old girl narrator is at once astute AND childish. The dolce vita of youth and leisure is intoxicating, to partake in or merely read about, 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 Caulfield. has all the naivete of a newborn, is more of a spectator & is simply, when all is said & done, just duh-hull.
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July 7, 2019
Françoise Sagan's amoral novel of a schoolgirl's summer romance, scandalised French society at the time, and, in the process, catapulted her into the limelight, at age only eighteen. Not that it really did her any good, being blighted by drink, drugs and unhappy relationships thereafter.

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 and sensual adventure, a swiftly consummated romance with a handsome law student, when the unexpected arrival of an older woman, a friend of her late mother, disrupts the self-indulgent haze of high summer. First the newcomer takes charge, ordering Cécile to terminate her romance in order to stay indoors and do her homework. Then she and the father fall in love. To prevent their marriage the daughter devises an ill-fated plot in which the pretence of an affair between her boyfriend and the father's dumped girlfriend is intended to provoke jealousy and restore the status quo.

The amorality and sensualism of the characters seem less shocking today, but on the whole the book won me over for two reasons - it's matter-of-fact, existential style that evoked Albert Camus, and the setting - the sun and the sea of the French Riviera, plus of course there's the sex, the gambling, and riding about in fast automobiles. Bonjour Tristesse stands today as a fascinating look at a France that no longer exists. It is an invocation of an era, of a time when young people were beginning to seek freedom from the strict bourgeois society of France after the end of WW2.

Loved the movie as well, probably just as much as the book.
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79 reviews1,047 followers
August 8, 2011
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 old narrator acts like a teenager. What is extremely annoying is that all the adults behave like teenagers as well. The average IQ of all the characters in this book is likely to be very low. They simply blame the heat for all their stupidity.

Let's meet these characters:

Cecile: spoiled daughter of a rich dad. Her life sucks right now, because her dad's girlfriend is trying to make her study for an exam and doesn't let her sleep with the pretty boy. Could it be any worse!

Raymond: rich, irresponsible, promiscuous.
Hey, Raymond, you have a daughter to look after, remember?

Elsa: beautiful, fashionable, DUMB.
Occupation: being a mistress to rich men.

Cyril: 25 year old boy that Cecile finds attractive. Considering how he gets involved into Cecile's schemes, probably not too bright.

Anne: cold, calculating, condescending. She decided she wanted Raymond in her life, followed him down to his beach-house, wore a flattering dress one evening and voila! mission accomplished.


I do have sympathy for Anne's tragic end, but there is this another voice in my head that wants to shout at Anne: What are you, a silly teenager?! A woman her age should know better than to end her life over a short relationship with a frivolous man known to be loose with women. Anne's action is also difficult to digest as there was no indication of love or any real emotion in their relationship. The two barely even spoke.
Damn, this heat. Look where it got her!


I spent the rest of the flight reading The Stranger which, like this one, featured French people who spent a lot of time on the beach and cursed the heat. But then there was so much more too. Way better!
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January 22, 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 ceiling
You are inscribed in the eyes that I love
You are not poverty absolutely
Since the poorest of lips denounce you
Ah with a smile
Bonjour Tristesse
Love of kind bodies
Power of love
From which kindness rises
Like a bodiless monster
Unattached head
Sadness beautiful face.”

Paul Éluard, “Barely Disfigured”

As in Paul Éluard’s poem, sadness and foreboding soak this short narrative tingeing it with subtle melancholy disguised in frivolous characters and superficial undertone. The irredeemable burden of selfishness, the strain of a guilty conscience, the disillusionment of unveiled truth, the weight of wrong decisions taken on impulse impregnate the voice of capricious and pampered Cécile, a precocious seventeen year-old girl , who discloses a confession rather than the memories of a summer spent in a paradisiacal villa in the south of France. Céline’s charming and irresponsible father Raymond treats her with the courtesy and tenderness more becoming of a lover than a paternal figure and his refusal of all notions of fidelity and serious commitment defines Cécile’s approach to relationships as passing, rapid, violent and passionate affairs as well as a lifestyle full of free love, lavish luxury, debauchery and hedonistic pleasures.

“Although I didn’t share my father’s aversion to ugliness, which often led us to associate with stupid people, I felt vaguely uncomfortable with anyone devoid of physical charms.” (p.5)

None of her father’s numerous and shallow mistresses has ever threatened to disrupt Céline and Raymond’s unshakable duo until the arrival of Anne, a perspicacious and discerning old friend of Cécile’s deceased mother. Anne’s more traditional, serious and sensible conduct, which represents the conventional idea of love, marriage and responsibility that Céline so much detests, jeopardizes her precious freedom and carefree existence when her father unexpectedly announces his intention of marrying her.
Blinded by her self-interests and unconscious jealousy of Anne for banishing her from being the apple of Raymond’s eye, Cécile starts plotting a plan with Cyril, his young and golden skinned summer lover, to recover her former bourgeoisie and unorthodox life with her father.

“I feared boredom and tranquility more than anything. In order to achieve serenity, my father and I had to have excitement, and this Anne was not prepared to admit.” (p.82)

Bonjour Tristesse was published in 1954, when Françoise Sagan was barely eighteen years old after having failed her foundation-year examinations at the Sorbonne. She replaced her original surname by a nom de plume taken from Proust’s character the Princesse de Sagan and her rebellious coming-of-age novel became both a huge success and a scandal for the underlying skepticism regarding conventional institutions like marriage and family as well as for the subtle hint of a disturbing incestuous nature of father-daughter relationship that impregnates the story.

Sagan soon became representative of the bored and disillusioned young generation whose main focus was a superfluous existence immersed in self-indulgence and decadent pleasure. But both the confessional timbre and the satirical tone of Sagan’s voice reverberating in a controlled, even austere writing style, which doesn’t succumb to lyricism or redundant literary ornaments, shows me otherwise. There is sadness in lonely people trying to fill their artificial relationships with glib gratification. There is sadness in daily conversations revealing the meaninglessness of a life dissipated, with no clear direction. There is sadness in evoking a decisive moment lost in time, when silence became too heavy of a burden to carry and the sound of fear overcame the music of righteousness, creating a dissonant path of no return. There is sadness in shame and remorse. There is sadness in a sense of loss.

Oscar Wilde implied deceit inherently thrives in modern times: “ “Sin is the only note of vivid color that persists in the modern world.” Both Céline and Sagan knew decisions can’t be unmade and that they come with burdensome and sometimes unpardonable consequences. One can be courageous and face past transgressions with integrity or elude guilt and create a groundless existence based on self-deception and forgetfulness while being condemned to never get rid of the unbearable lightness of perennial sadness. Reality might prove to be as complex as human beings are ignorant, but Céline’s preference to tread the second path proved such an anticlimax that I couldn’t get over the irony of choosing sadness to avoid remorse while bearing the ignominy of it all with a distorted smile plastered on Céline's pretty and tanned face.

“A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sadness.” (p. 3)
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2,322 reviews765 followers
November 29, 2016
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. خلاصه اینکه خواندنهای دزدکی آن دوران لذتی عجیب داشت.هنوز با دیدن نام این کتاب آن لذت برایم زنده می شود.
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351 reviews118 followers
January 15, 2023
I enjoyed this very much. I read it when I was a teenager - I remember devouring all the bits about love and sex etc - basically being jealous of Cécile - so much happening to her and she is only 17! And now reading it again, aged 53 - I still love it. The psychology rings true and is in fact quite remarkable, as Sagan wrote this - her first book at the age of 18. After failing her exams to continue at the Sorbonne - she took herself off to the family's villa in the south of France and wrote this book there. If you know the story - then these themes are part of Cécile's life too - her soon to be stepmother Anne is adamant that she must study for her entrance exams - to university.

The only point where I felt - as in several other books - I have the same complaint - the ending, the drama of the ending is hyped beyond what is absolutely necessary. It would have been more than enough for Anne, the stepmother to drive off and leave the self-indulgent pair - father and daughter, to their decadent life-style.

What elevates this book, I think, is Cécile's scrupulous self-assessment in relation to the other characters. She knows for example that Anne would be good for her. She has already stated that her father taking her to his parties in Paris and disappearing with an attractive girl for the night - is not the norm. Cécile has also noted the looks when she is with her father, a 17 year-old with a 40 year old and understood that those sly looks means they are perceived as a couple - icky !

This book was written in 1954 - and is remarkably open in its sexually liberated discussions between father and daughter. Cécile is fully aware of her father's sex-life but also knows that the shortness of his attachments are compensated for by his kindness and affection - towards his mistresses. I liked this analysis - I am continually surprised actually that an eighteen year old could write such psychologically complete characters. The difference in myself reading it as a teenager compared with now is quite clear. I know for certain that I was drawn in by the broad strokes of the novel's plot - that I fully understood Cécile's anguish at being locked in her room; her shock and anger when she is banned from seeing Cyril and the lack of support from her father who had previously given her so much freedom. Anne now makes all the decisions concerning Cécile.

As a mature reader, however, I can see all the subtleties. How Cécile is conflicted; she is tortured by her plot against Anne taking off under its own steam, and she trys to reassure herself by asserting that her father is an adult, responsible for his own actions and decisions and yet she knows it is her understanding of his character that allowes her revenge plot to work.

In fact the more I think about this book, the more astonished I am at how the wrench and conflict of emotions is betrayed so clearly in such a simple style and in basically a very simple story.

I think there are some strong anthropological issues being presented here - for example Anne wins Raymond's heart, expunges his mistress Elsa from the villa and enjoys a sexually fulfilling and satisfying relationship with him in front of the seventeen year old AND at the same time bans Cécile from exploring her own sexuality with the attractive, young man from next door. How unfair? There are strong ties and boundaries being displaced and evolved here - the missing mother, sexual freedom for who? disruption of the tie between father and daughter and yet Anne is both right and undeniably wrong.

There are probably only a rare handful of books which could hold my attention as both a teenager and an adult - kudos to this one.
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September 7, 2015
A seventeen year old girl and her father are stumbling through life after the death of her mother, his wife. The father is a poster child for poor parenting; he brings a series of women into the home and takes his daughter to parties and casinos where she interacts with much older men, dancing, drinking and smoking. (After all, this is France.) Finally he may settle down and marry one of the women but the daughter, dreading rules and regulations, bed-time and study hours, spins a web of intrigue around them. The result? Well, let’s remember the title translates as “Hello Sadness.” (The book is translated from the French.) As I was reading this very short book (you can read its 127 pages in one sitting) I occasionally thought that it was a bit of stretch to believe that a seventeen-year-old girl could philosophize this deeply about love, life and men, and then I read that the author was nineteen when she wrote this book. Amazing!
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December 9, 2021
Teenage girls. I hate them.

This short, beautifully written yet incredibly straightforward novel shocked everyone when it was published in France in the 50s. It had been written by a woman still in her teens and spoke frankly and plainly of sex and atheism, the narrator’s voice detached and amoral. Now, it’s no longer shocking – it’s mostly sad, a quick glimpse into the selfish and decadent life of post-war upper class Parisians. The story could be melodramatic, but somehow, Sagan doesn’t allow that easy mistake to happen. It is much more a product of the literature of the era, unaffected and matter of fact. That she wrote it at 18 goes to show that teenage girls have always had a fascination for tragedies, but she had the brain and talent necessary to turn the tale of a disastrous summer vacation into a melancholy story about the discovery of the nature of love and its consequences.

A seventeen year old girl named Cécile, and her widowed father Raymond, go spend the summer in a villa by the sea on the Côté d’Azur. Raymond is a womanizer who has never bothered to hide his lifestyle from Cécile, and he brings along his younger mistress Elsa with them. Cécile meets a young law student named Cyril and begins a budding romance with him. This could have been a perfect summer if Cécile’s late mother’s friend Anne had not decided to join them…

Anne is everything Elsa is not: she is very cerebral, she has a career, she is divorced and independent - she is very "comme il faut", respectable. Cécile at first can’t believe that Anne and her father would be interested in each other, but lo and behold, not only do they get together, but they quickly announce their engagement. Cécile, resentful to find that Anne won’t tolerate her indolent and spoiled lifestyle any longer, hatches a cruel plan to separate her from her father, by manipulating both Elsa and Cyril.

This book does not have a happy ending, and made me think both of Duras and Camus in the resigned attitude of their conclusion. One is tempted to close this book, raise a glass of wine and sadly toast: “C’est la vie!”.

The prose is gorgeous, vivid and quite sensual. If you can tolerate terrible teenage girls, this is absolutely worth a few hours.
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June 29, 2022
have you ever read a book and liked it so much that you wanted to re-read it almost immediately after finishing it ? well that's exactly what's happening to me right now. ugh i truly believe in 20th century french authors (especially female authors) supremacy 🛐
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1,726 reviews4,074 followers
July 9, 2015
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, of course, only enabled by their significant wealth. At the beginning of the book they are staying in a villa along with Daddy's current mistress, Elsa (more than a decade his junior), and doing little other than sunbathing, swimming and socialising. Cécile is also conducting a half-hearted (on her side) romance with a young man, Cyril, who is staying in the same resort. This dreamy equilibrium is disturbed when her father invites a female acquaintance of his own age - Anne, best friend of Cécile's late mother - to join the trip. Anne's presence provokes Cécile's jealousy and uspets the balance of her father's relationship with Elsa, leading our narrator to devise a deadly plan.

The narrative captures the melodrama and insouciance of teenage years so well. I'm tempted to say it's incredible that the author managed this when she was still so young herself, but maybe this is the sort of insight you could only have while still living the experience? In any case, Cécile is an incredibly well-drawn teenager and her characterisation displays a remarkable self-awareness on Sagan's part. I was drawn back into that strange mix of overreacting to the smallest things while at the same time disregarding some of the biggest; Cécile's father's romance with Anne is the end of the world, and Anne's insistence that she should study for exams nothing short of a life-ruining catastrophe, but Cyril's apparent love for her is just a game, one she is not prepared to indulge fully because he likes her too much. Cécile may be selfish and petulant, but her naivety allows for insights the adults sometimes miss. About her father's engagement, for example, 'I had so often seen him happy on account of a woman' - well, indeed! There is also, sometimes, a sense that the novel is written from a future standpoint, that of a mature woman reflecting on her youth. Perhaps this, too, is typical of the character/author's age: when you're 18, the stuff you did when you were 17 seems a million miles away.

With a precocious teenage protagonist, over-privileged rich people swanning around doing whatever they want, and a 26-year-old man 'falling in love' with a girl who isn't even out of school, you'd think I would have absolutely hated this. In fact I thought it was utterly brilliant; I can't find anything critical to say about it at all. I should have read Bonjour Tristesse a long time ago, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who hasn't - it only takes about an hour to get through and it's well worth such a small portion of your time.
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592 reviews791 followers
October 17, 2020

“إنني أتردد في أن أخلع، على هذا الشعور المجهول الذي يلاحقني ملله وحلاوته، اسم الحزن الجميل. إنه شعور كامل، أناني، إلى حد أني أكاد أخجل منه، بينما بدا الحزن دائماً لي شريفًا.
لم أكن أعرفه، ولكنني أعرف الملل والأسف، ونادرًا الندم. واليوم، يلتف عليّ شيء كالحرير، مثير وناعم، يفصلني عن الآخرين."

“كانت السعادة دائمًا، بالنسبة إليّ، تعويضًا عن كل شيء”.
October 16, 2018
Un roman particulièrement charmant. Je l'ai lu comme un enfant et je suis sûr que cela m'a fait susceptible au genre romantique.

My love of pleasure seems to be the only consistent side of my character. Is it because I have not read enough? (c)
La liberté de penser, et de mal penser et de penser peu, la liberté de choisir moi-même ma vie, de me choisir moi-même. Je ne peux dire ˝d´être moi-même˝, puisque je n´étais rien qu´une pâte modelable, mais celle de refuser les moules. (c)
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. (c)
I did not find him absurd. I saw he was kind, that he was on the verge of real love. I thought it would be nice for me to be in love with him, too. (c)
Il arrive un âge où ils ne sont plus séduisants, ni «en forme», comme on dit. Ils ne peuvent plus boire et ils pensent encore aux femmes; seulement ils sont obligés de les payer, d'accepter des quantités de petites compromissions pour échapper à leur solitude. Ils sont bernés, malheureux. C'est ce moment qu'ils choisissent pour devenir sentimentaux et exigeants… J'en ai vu beaucoup devenir ainsi des sortes d'épaves. (c)
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1,394 reviews671 followers
July 18, 2019
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانِ این رمان در موردِ دختری 17 ساله، شاد و سرخوش به نامِ «سیسیل» است... سیسیل مادرش را از دست داده و با پدرش «ریموند» در پاریس زندگی میکند... ریموند مردی خوش گذران و دخترباز است و بیشتر از آنچه برایِ سیسیل یک پدر باشد، نقشِ یک دوستِ صمیمی را برایِ او بازی میکند.. این پدر و دختر همیشه درحالِ خوشگذرانی و شوخی و خنده هستند... آنها برایِ تعطیلاتِ تابستان به ویلایِ ساحلی خود در اطرافِ پاریس میروند.. در این سفر، دوست دخترِ ریموند یعنی «اِلسا مکنبرگ» نیز همراهِ آنهاست.. اِلسا جوانی جذاب و لوس است که علاوه بر لَوَند بودن، شانسِ خوبی در بُردنِ قمار دارد... در یکی از روزها، سیسیل در ساحل با جوان�� قایقران به نام «فیلیپ» آشنا شده و پس از چند روز هر دو عاشقِ یکدیگر میشوند... خلاصه این تعطیلات از هر نظر به بهترین شکل در حالِ سپری شدن است، تا آنکه «آنی لارسن» دوستِ خانوادگی آنها، که دوستِ صمیمیِ مادرِ سیسیل بوده و یک طراحِ لباسِ مشهور است، به جمعِ آنها اضافه میشود.. روزها در تعطیلاتِ شیرینِ تابستانی با رقص و پایکوبی هایِ شبانه و خوشگذرانی های روزانه، سپری میشود... تا آنکه ریموند به یکباره هوس میکند تا بیخیالِ اِلسا شده و با آنی وقت بگذراند.. اِلسا از این موضوع باخبر شده و آنها را ترک میکند.. ریموند پس از ترکِ اِلسا به آنی یا همان «آن»، پیشنهادِ ازدواج میدهد و آنی نیز پیشنهادِ ریموند را قبول میکند... سیسل تصور میکند با ورودِ آنی به زندگیِ آنها، قرار است همه چیز بهتر از پیش شود، ولی تازه سخت گیری هایِ آنی شروع شده و حضورِ وی در زندگیِ آنها، پدر و دختر را از هم دور میکند... آنی زمانی که فیلیپ و سیسیل را در حالِ عشقبازی و هم آغوشی میبیند، سیسیل را از حقِ دوستی و گشتن با فیلیپ محروم میکند... تمامِ این موارد رویِ هم انباشته شده و سبب میشود تا سیسیل تبدیل به دشمنِ آنی شود... او برایِ منصرف شدنِ پدرش از ازدواج با آنی، نقشه ای میریزد... او به فیلیپ و اِلسا پیشنهاد میکند تا آنها نقش دو دلداده را بازی کنند.. با شناختی که از پدرش دارد میداند که ریموند با دیدنِ اِلسا و فیلیپ، حسادتش گُل کرده و دوباره سمتِ اِلسا بازمیگردد و آنی همان زنِ مغرور و زورگویی که پدرش را تصاحب کرده، از زندگیِ آنها بیرون میرود......... عزیزانم، بهتر است خودتان این داستان را خوانده و از سرانجامِ غمناکِ آن اگاه شوید....... به راستی، یک رویدادِ تلخ و عذابِ وجدان، به سادگی میتواند یک انسانِ سرخوش و پُرانرژی را به موجودی غمگین و افسرده تبدیل کند
دور تا دورم را دیوار و حصاری فرا گرفته است.. یک دیوارِ نامرئی از خاطراتی که نمیتوانم آنها را فراموش کنم
برایِ زنده ماندن باید همیشه با یک چیزی مست شوی
اگر نمیتوانی مردم را آنطور که هستند قبول کنی، باید بیخیالِ آنها شوی... سعی نکن در آنها تغییری ایجاد کنی.. چراکه برایِ اینکار دیگر دیر شده است
امیدوارم این ریویو در جهتِ آشنایی با این کتاب، مفید بوده باشه
«پیروز باشید و ایرانی»
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353 reviews863 followers
June 15, 2012
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 older man with the boat.A girl with undoubtedly cruel intentions (and probably a battered and dog-eared copy of Les Liasons Dangereuse by Laclos tucked under her mattress). Unfortunately all the drinking, smoking and generally being louche don't actually cancel out a moral conscience and before she knows it her frankly childish meddlings are moving at a pace she can no longer control and she veers between desperate guilt and ambivalence as events unfold. Ultimately the characters offer you very little to love about them - Cecile is naieve and manipulative, Anne is a control freak in a Chanel twin-piece and dear old daddy is an aging play boy with a slightly disturbing penchant for girls much closer to his daughters age than his own.

Francoise Sagan wrote this book at the age of 18 then presumably sat down, lit a cigarette and pouted over how to spend the next 60 years given that she'd already written her great masterpiece which clearly extols her youthful genius.

Youthful or not,it is a great read, and I liked it a lot. It's tightly controlled and well put together; a master class in how to be a moody teen but with the classic teen scent of festering bedroom cancelled out by the faint eau de nil of youthful genius.
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766 reviews46.9k followers
September 17, 2012
"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 was a frivolous man, clever at business, always curious, quickly bored, and very attractive to women. It was easy for me to love him, for he was kind, generous, gay, and fond of me. I cannot imagine a better or more amusing companion."

This lovely little novel, deceptively slim, made me want to read it while lying on a beach. It's full of rich French people being delightfully and almost stereotypically French at their villa in the Mediterranean, and all the romantic drama and emotional backstabbing that occurs there. The narrator, Cecile, is enjoying her hedonistic lifestyle when her playboy father announces, unexpectedly, that he is getting married. The woman in question is Anne, a family friend who is the opposite of the previous mistresses Cecile's father has had: she's elegant, poised, practical, intelligent, dignified, and forty-two. Cecile recognizes the threat that Anne poses to her carefree life, and decides to destroy the relationship:

"She would gradually turn us into the husband and step-daughter of Anne Larsen, that is to say, she would turn us into two civilized, well-behaved and contented persons. For she would certainly be good to us. How easily - unstable and irresponsible as we were - we would yield to her influence, and be fitted into the attractive framework of her orderly plan of living. She was much too efficient. Already my father was separated from me. I was hurt by his embarrassed face, turning away from me at the table. Tears came to my eyes at the thought of the jokes we used to have together, our gay laughter as we drove home at dawn through the deserted streets of Paris. All that was over. In my turn I would be influenced, readjusted, remodeled by Anne. I would not even mind it, she would handle me with such intelligence, humor, and sweetness. I wouldn't be able to resist her. In six months I should no longer even want to."

In another writer's hands, this story could have gone horribly wrong - Cecile has every opportunity to turn into a spoiled rich brat who can't stand the idea of being forced to behave like an adult with responsibilities, and the way she tries to destroy her father's happiness could be seen as the actions of a borderline-psychotic. The genius of Sagan's book is that she doesn't try to justify Cecile's actions. We see the horrible truth of what Cecile is doing, and so does Cecile. Every few chapters (sometimes every few pages) Cecile will have a moment of clarity, and realize that Anne is a good person and that her father is happy, and she regrets her meddling. But then she goes right back to her destructive plan, because she can't help herself. By letting us see Cecile wrestling with her own conscience, and ultimately being unable to resist her destructive urge, Sagan creates one of the best portrayals of a teenage girl I've ever read.

"Although I did not share my father's intense aversion to ugliness - which often led us to associate with stupid people - I did feel vaguely uncomfortable in the presence of anyone completely devoid of physical charm. Their resignation to the fact that they were unattractive seemed to me somehow indecent. For what are we looking for if not to please? I do not know if the desire to attract others comes from a superabundance of vitality, possessiveness, or the hidden, unspoken need to be reassured."
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630 reviews311 followers
April 23, 2019
Der Titel dieses Klassikers aus dem Jahr 1954 ist etwas verwirrend, denn ich hatte eine kleine Novelle voller Traurigkeit und Schwermut erwartet. Tatsächlich ist diese Geschichte der 17jährigen Cecile, die mit ihrem Vater an der Cote d'Azur den Sommer verbringt, geprägt von Lebensfreude, Genuss und Freizügigkeit. Dies hat mich sehr überrascht, denn ich hatte mich auf ein Buch einer damals 19jährigen Autorin eingestellt, das aus einer jugendlichen Sicht die Probleme des Heranwachsens thematisiert.

Ich fand das Buch ganz hervorragend und kann die Aufregung nachvollziehen, die es seinerzeit in Frankreich ausgelöst haben muss. Wir reden vom Anfang der 50er Jahre, da steckte die deutsche Nachkriegsliteratur noch schwer in der Aufarbeitung der nahen Vergangenheit und das Wunder von Bern war das erste Mal, dass wieder kollektive Freunde herrschen durfte. Und in dieser Zeit schreibt Francoise Sagan eine Geschichte, in dem mit vielen moralischen Wertvorstellung gebrochen wird, insbesondere das freizügige Erleben der eigenen Sexualität bei jungen Frauen und das positive Darstellung der wechselnden Liebschaften des Vaters. Dass das katholische geprägte Frankreich aufschrie, wen wundert es? Unter heutigen Gesichtspunkten wirken die Abenteuer von Vater und Tochter in diesem Sommer eher alltäglich und harmlos, was aber der Qualität des Buchs keinen Abbruch tut.

Raymond, der Vater Ceciles, ist ein agiler 40jähriger, der eine junge Geliebte mit den Urlaub nimmt. Zudem lädt er aber auch eine ältere Freundin der verstorbenen Ehefrau in das Sommerhaus ein. Anne ist eine hübsche Pariserin, eine Dame von Welt, korrekt, strukturiert und besonnen. Die Vernunft in Person. Sie steht im Gegensatz zu den freien Geistern von Raymond und Cecile. Nachdem sich Raymond von seiner jungen Geliebten trennt und beschließt, Anne zu heiraten, bricht für die Cecile eine unbeschwerte Welt zusammen. Anne nimmt die Stellung einer strengen Stiefmutter ein und sie fühlt sich zwischen lockerer Jugend und verantwortungsvollem Erwachsenenleben hin und her gerissen. Hinzu kommt, dass sie die Genüsse der Liebe erstmals in diesem Sommer kennen lernt, als sie sich in den Studenten Cyril verliebt. Dieses Fünfergespann ist der Dreh- und Angelpunkt der Geschichte, die letztlich in einer Tragödie endet, die ganz am Ende die Traurigkeit in Ceciles Leben Einzug halten lässt. Und so ist Bonjour Tristesse auch der letzte Satz des Romans.

Mir hat vor allem dieser leichte und unbeschwerte Schreibstil der Autorin gefallen, so warm und luftig wie ein Passatwind, der über das Mittelmeer zieht. Das Lebensgefühl der jungen Französin wird hervorragend in Worte gefasst. Sehr schön.
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878 reviews3,950 followers
February 27, 2010
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.
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364 reviews153 followers
June 13, 2017
"În fond, ce altceva urmărim dacă nu să plăcem? Nici astăzi nu știu dacă această înclinație spre cucerire ascunde un exces de vitalitate, o plăcere de a domina sau nevoia ascunsă, nemărturisită de autoliniștire, de autosusținere."
"Nici astăzi nu mă pot obișnui cu mania pe care o au oamenii de a te privi fix când vorbesc cu tine sau de a veni foarte aproape ca să fie siguri că îi asculți."
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631 reviews223 followers
September 6, 2020
Escrita en 1954 por una joven de 19 años, esta breve novela causó un gran impacto y abrió el camino a unas generaciones de jóvenes que plasmaron su descontento con la sociedad tradicional en el Mayo del 68. Leída hoy en día no es más que una historia agradable y bien contada; todo el escándalo que suscitó en su día nos resulta difícil de entender.

Situada en un verano dorado en la Costa Azul, es un canto al placer y a la libertad, pero al mismo tiempo está presente el remordimiento por no vivir una existencia más ordenada y convencional. Así se expresa el dilema de una generación desgarrada entre las normas de una sociedad conservadora y el deseo de vivir de manera más plena.

La protagonista es Cécile, que a los 17 años es una joven malcriada, ya que su padre viudo no le impone normas de conducta. Ambos viven para la diversión y el placer, en su mansión al lado del mar disfrutan de las fiestas y la bebida. Raymond, el padre, tiene consigo a su última amante, Elsa, a la que Cécile acepta de buen grado. La aparición de Anne, una amiga de su madre, que es una mujer madura, atractiva y con mucha clase, lo cambia todo, ya que Cécile teme que imponga orden y acabe con su tren de vida.

Tal como ella declara:

El amor al placer, a la felicidad, representa el único aspecto coherente de mi carácter.

Solía repetirme a mí misma fórmulas lapidarias, la de Oscar Wilde, entre otras: ‘El pecado es la única nota viva de color que subsiste en el mundo moderno.’.

Creo que lo que impactó en su momento es que tanto la protagonista como la autora eran tan jóvenes.

La novela es muy agradable de leer, está escrita de manera simple y ágil y nos transporta a un entorno placentero y sensual. Las descripciones resaltan este disfrute de la vida en todos los aspectos:

Como no me prestaba atención, me acomodé tranquilamente en un escalón con una taza de café y una naranja e inicié las delicias de la mañana: mordía la naranja y brotaba un zumo azucarado de mi boca. Inmediatamente un sorbo de café negro y ardiente, y de nuevo el frescor del fruto.

Pensé en Cyril, me hubiese gustado que me cogiese en sus brazos, en aquella terraza acribillada por las cigarras y la luna.

Pero la tristeza del título es la culpabilidad que nace de un conflicto no resuelto entre el placer y el deber, algo que en la literatura de nuestros días ya está superado. Cécile vacila continuamente entre las dos visiones de la vida que representan la disciplinada Anne y el hedonismo de su padre:

Mi padre y yo, para estar interiormente tranquilos, necesitábamos la agitación exterior. Y eso Anne era incapaz de admitirlo.

En resumen, creo que es una obra que vale la pena conocer, ya que en su momento fue todo un fenómeno social e influyó en el cambio que se gestaba en los años 50. También hay una película de Otto Preminger del mismo nombre protagonizada por Jean Seberg, David Niven y Deborah Kerr.

Y me quedo con la frase que abre el libro, que es de aquellas para enmarcar:

A ese sentimiento desconocido cuyo tedio, cuya dulzura me obsesionan, dudo en darle el nombre, el hermoso y grave nombre de tristeza.
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595 reviews1,474 followers
February 3, 2021
هذا الشعور المجهول حيث الملل والنعومة فيه تسيطران عليّ، أتراجع عن تسميته، عن إعطائه الاسم الجميل والقاسي ألا وهو الحزن. إنه شعور متكامل وأناني الى درجة أنه يشعرني بالخجل، غير أن الحزن يبدو لي مشرفاً. لم أكن أعرفه هو، لكنني عرفت الملل والأسف وبكمية أقل الندم. اليوم، شيء ما تماماً مثل حرير ناعم ومزعج ينطوي عليّ ويجعلني أنفصل عن الآخرين

القراءة الأولي، التي تأخرت كثيرا، للأديبة الفرنسية الشهيرة فرنسواز ساجان


رقيقة أنت يا ساجان .. رقيقة للغاية .. حتي في مشاعر الشر، أو الغيرة، أو الانتقام
رقيقة .. كحد ورقة ناصعة البياض .. حد ورقة قادر علي أن يجرحك في غمضة عين، دون أن تشعر بذلك، رقيقة بداية من العنوان الذي جذبني منذ الوهلة الأولي صباح الخير أيها الحزن

فالرواية مركزة في أحداثها .. صافية في تعبيراتها، بلا تطويل زائد، أو تكرار مصطنع .. وأنت تدخل سريعا في صلب الرواية، وتخرج منها سريعا أيضاً، فالرواية ليست طويلة، بعدد قليل من الأشخاص، والأسماء غير صعبة، بل وحتي الأحداث في مكانين أو ثلاثة، أما الذكريات، فتهل وترحل في هدوء، بلا تشتت، أو استطراد زائد

لا أدري لماذا تذكرت رواية لا أنام لإحسان عبد القدوس أثناء قرائتي للرواية، رغم اختلاف الأحداث تماما تماما، ربما لعمر البطلة المشابه، أو ظروف حال الأب بصورة أو بأخري .. فلقد استطعت بقلمك أن تجعلينني أري البطلة بالفعل، وأتخيلها، في حديثها، وملابسها، حتي إنني تخيلتها فرنسية، في ملامحها، ونشأتها


ساجان .. كانت تلك روايتك الأولي، التي كتبتيها وعمرك 18 عاما
وكانت أيضا روايتك الاولي معي .. وبالتأكيد سنلتقي مرة أخري في رواية أعمق، وربما أطول
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972 reviews424 followers
October 5, 2022
I thought Cecile was a self-absorbed spoiled brat....

I did not like the character Cecile all that much, but she was honest. She was terribly immature and totally wrapped up in herself, but she was only 17. The author who wrote it apparently had a number of similarities to the character she created.

I thought the book was pretty good. It reminded me of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Among other things, the beach and the blinding heat....were in both books.


The author got in a very bad accident with her Aston-Martin when she was 22, and had to be put on a steady dose of morphine. She became addicted, and she published a diary (Toxique, 1964/5) of her detoxification in a hospital. I read it...actually she didn’t talk a whole lot about that, and 50% of the diary were drawings by her (a number of them were those a nude woman..,I don’t know if she was drawing herself or not). I digress!

She wrote her own obituary (she died at age 69). This is what she wrote, taken from Wikipedia:
• Appeared in 1954 with a slender novel, Bonjour tristesse, which created a scandal worldwide. Her death, after a life and a body of work that were equally pleasant and botched, was a scandal only for herself.
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January 17, 2020
É um pequeno livro, com uma história simples e banal, mas capaz de criar o seu mundo e transportar-nos para ele. Honestamente, tive de ir procurar as razões que fizeram deste livro um sucesso e um clássico, pois detendo-me sobre o texto apenas não as encontrei. Mas do que acabei lendo sobre o livro, também pouco ou nada me convenceu ou satisfez.

O livro conta a história de Cecile, 17 anos, que viaja de Paris para Saint-Tropez com o seu pai, para aí passar as férias de verão. O seu pai leva atrelado uma jovem namorada que a meio das férias resolve trocar por outra. Entretanto Cecile encontra um namorado de verão. Mas ao longo de praticamente todo o livro, pouco ou nada acontece. Existe um twist final, esse sim responsável pelo título, mas que não surpreende.

O livro terá surtido forte efeito por dar conta de uma jovem, aparentemente, libertina(!). A rapariga tem relações com um rapaz quase 10 anos mais velho, em plenas férias de verão. Mas o seu pai não parece muito preocupado. Aliás, se fossemos ficar chocados com ela, o que dizer do pai, que troca de namorada semana a semana, e em plenas férias manda vir uma outra mulher passar as férias consigo e com a filha, enquanto descarta a que inicialmente tinham vindo com eles?

Não sei. A mim a história nada diz, hoje ou em 1954. A literatura está cheia de histórias destas, não apenas depois, mas mesmo séculos antes. Por outro lado, não faltariam historietas de cordel com bastante mais picante nessa altura. Falar do livro como motor da revolução sexual parece-me um exagero. Por isso aquilo que existe aqui que me surpreende é apenas a idade de quem escreve. 17 anos e uma obra cosida desta forma, é obra.

O francês é acessível, nada de muito rebuscado no vocabulário, mas o encadeamento de ideias, a estrutura da narrativa e a construção de mundo ficcional, está tudo muito bem conseguido. Contudo, parece que era mesmo só técnica, já que Françoise Sagan escreveu imensos livros depois desta primeira obra, e nunca mais conseguiu repetir o feito. Pensando bem, "Bonjour Tristesse" mais do que uma história de ficção é um relato autobiográfico, um desfiar em modo novelesco de um conjunto de peripécias, que acabou encontrando o seu público, nada mais. E por isso é estranho, ou mesmo tonto, ver o Le Monde colocar um livro destes na lista das 100 obras mais importantes do século XX, mesmo que esta tenha tido, ou se pense que teve, grande impacto na sociedade francesa e europeia.

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June 15, 2014
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 supposed to be studying for university over the summer. She is staying for the summer in a villa in the South of France near the beach; there is no studying. Raymond, her father, widowed many years ago has a series of much younger lovers who each last a couple of months or so. Cecile is lacking a mother figure; she is also, it might be argued lacking a father figure as well! Elsa is Raymond’s latest love interest; 29 and red haired with a tendency to sunburn which makes her a figure of ridicule for Cecile. Cyril is an older man with a boat (only 26, but at 17 that is ancient!) who is interested in Cecile; a potential lover. Anne is a sophisticated woman in her early 40s, an acquaintance of Raymond and friend of his late wife, who comes to stay and displaces the young lover. Raymond and she decide to marry and Cecile sees her idyllic lifestyle about to disappear. Anne treats Cecile as a child and expects her to actually do some studying. Cecile resents her and hatches a plan with unforeseen consequences.
Most of the characters are immature; adolescent even and the only person who behaves like an adult in the book (Anne) is the centre of resentment. This may be because it was written by a teenager. Cecile appears to be looking for a parent, but the reality of an adult creating boundaries leaves her cold.
It’s an easy read but ultimately the troubles of the idle rich are rather boring and predictable and it was difficult to have real sympathy for any of the characters.
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July 3, 2022
Je regrette, moi aussi, comme tant d'autres lecteurs matures, de ne pas avoir lu Bonjour, tristesse dans ma jeunesse, bien que je me disculpe un peu en blâmant le régime communiste de ces temps-là, qui n’aurait jamais permis la publication et/ ou la traduction d’un tel livre, exemple éloquent du capitalisme pourri 😊.

J’avais pourtant lu (et en original, grâce à ma professeure de français qui me l’avait prêté) Aimez-vous Brahms, en savourant le style élégant et un peu mélancolique de Françoise Sagan, et c’est de ce style que je me suis souvenu en premier, lorsque j’ai ouvert ce roman, que l'auteure a écrit à 18 ans en seulement six semaines, pendant l’été de l’année 1953.

Il faut dire que l’histoire de la publication de Bonjour, tristesse est aussi intéressante que le roman même : encouragée à le publier par une amie, Françoise Quoirez le dépose à la maison d’édition Temps modernes, où il va apparaître en 1954, mais non sous son vrai nom, car sa famille avait peur de la publicité et lui a suggéré de chercher un pseudonyme. Grande admiratrice de Proust, elle choisit le nom de son personnage, le Prince de Sagan, (nom beaucoup plus musical, d’après moi, que le sien).

Le livre a provoqué des réactions violentes et contradictoires : admiration pour la qualité de l’écriture d’une part, et indignation pour le développement des thèmes encore tabou dans la société du temps, comme l’amour libre, l’alcool, l’amoralité et l’immoralité, etc., de l’autre. Mémorable est restée l’indignation de François Mauriac, par exemple, catholique fervent, qui écrit un virulent article contre une auteure qu’il appelle « un charmant petit monstre de dix-huit ans », article qui aura des conséquences inattendues pour son auteur, en contribuant amplement à la croissance des ventes du livre. C’est grâce à ce petit roman que Françoise Sagan est aujourd’hui parmi les plus lus écrivains français (selon Wikipedia , le roman est inclus dans la liste des 100 livres français du siècle).

Naturellement, pour un écrivain d’à peu près 18 ans, l’œuvre est tout à fait remarquable : le choix du titre, la structure, la construction des personnages, les thèmes, le style, tout démontre une précocité extraordinaire et c’est peut-être cette précocité qui nous rend indulgents devant les quelques faiblesses de l’écriture, surtout le danger, parfois presque imminent, de tomber en mélodrame, une certaine impression de dilettantisme dans l’introspection et une certaine maladresse dans la gestion des fils narratifs qui force le lecteur de la suspecter de superficialité. D’autre part, s’il est vrai que l’adolescence confond souvent le sublime et le ridicule, l’auteure a réussi, difficile de dire si volontairement ou involontairement, de surprendre l’héroïne exactement au moment où elle est en train de faire ce fameux pas :

Je passe vite sur cette période, car je crains, à force de chercher, de retomber dans des souvenirs qui m'accablent moi-même. Déjà, il me suffit de penser au rire heureux d'Anne, à sa gentillesse avec moi et quelque chose me frappe, d'un mauvais coup bas, me fait mal, je m'essouffle contre moi-même. Je me sens si près de ce qu'on appelle la mauvaise conscience que je suis obligée de recourir à des gestes: allumer une cigarette, mettre un disque, téléphoner à un ami. Peu à peu, je pense à autre chose. Mais je n'aime pas cela, de devoir recourir aux déficiences de ma mémoire, à la légèreté de mon esprit, au lieu de les combattre. Je n'aime pas les reconnaître, même pour m'en féliciter.

C’est la dernière phrase du fragment ci-dessus qui redresse le flux narratif et fait preuve de la grande intuition de la jeune auteure, en coupant court à la fois le sentimentalisme excessif et l’introspection hésitante pour mettre en lumière, avec une sincérité brutalement candide, les « true colours » de Cécile, le plaisir coupable qu’a la petite manipulatrice, en racontant son histoire, d’insister sur son image de déesse intransigeante, qui exerce cruellement son pouvoir de jouer avec les émotions et même avec les vies des autres.

Ainsi le titre gagne-t-il maintenant des significations inattendues, en nous forçant de nous rappeler que Paul Éluard avait dans le fond perçu la tristesse, dans sa poésie La vie immédiate qui est le moto du livre (et d’où le roman a tiré d’ailleurs son titre), comme une apparence, comme une émotion superficielle, en la comparant à un beau masque inutile, pourvu qu'il ne cache pas grand'chose : « Amour des corps aimables /Puissance de l'amour /Dont l'amabilité surgit / Comme un monstre sans corps / Tête désappointée /Tristesse beau visage ».

Car en fin des comptes, qu’est-ce que la tristesse sinon une émotion tiède qui fait semblant couvrir tellement de nuances (le souvenir d’un pays ensoleillé, la douleur d’un amour perdu, le mensonge d’un sourire distrait, la cruauté d’une illusion perdue, etc.) tout en les réduisant à des sentiments légers, à une douleur tranquille et gracieuse, sans profondeur?

Dans ce contexte, les autres personnages semblent tout simplement des ombres chinoises – non parce que la narratrice n’a pas le pouvoir ou la patience de leur donner consistance mais parce que, pour elle, elles ne sont pas de vraies personnes (ni même son père, le seul qu’elle aime), mais des pièces en bois (ou en ivoire, si vous voulez) sur un tableau d’échecs sur laquelle elle se penche attentivement, en calculant chaque mouvement pour gagner une partie sans adversaire :

Mais je ne disais pas à Elsa de lui céder ni à Anne de m'accompagner à Nice. Je voulais que ce désir au cœur de mon père s'infestât et lui fît commettre une erreur. Je ne pouvais supporter le mépris dont Anne entourait notre vie passée, ce dédain facile pour ce qui avait été pour mon père, pour moi, le bonheur.
Je voulais non pas l'humilier, mais lui faire accepter notre conception de la vie. Il fallait qu'elle sût que mon père l'avait trompée et qu'elle prît cela dans sa valeur objective, comme une passade toute physique, non comme une atteinte à sa valeur personnelle, à sa dignité.

Quand la partie est gagnée elle a beau se repentir, vu que même ses remords ne sonnent pas vrais, semblant plutôt des astucieux mises en scène ou mieux des regards émerveillés en arrière, semblables à ceux d’un artiste qui vient de finir son œuvre et se rend compte qu’elle lui révèle des nuances plus profondes qu’il n’y aurait pensé :

Elle se redressa alors, décomposée. Elle pleurait. Alors je compris brusquement que je m'étais attaquée à un être vivant et sensible et non pas à une entité. Elle avait dû être une petite fille, un peu secrète, puis une adolescente, puis une femme. Elle avait quarante ans, elle était seule, elle aimait un homme et elle avait espéré être heureuse avec lui dix ans, vingt ans peut-être. Et moi... ce visage, ce visage, c'était mon œuvre. J'étais pétrifiée, je tremblais de tout mon corps contre la portière.

On a donc devant nous un narrateur incertain construit selon toutes les règles de l’art, une fascinante anti-héroïne au centre d’un anti-bildungsroman, qui se charge de prouver avec nonchalance que ce n’est pas seulement le sommeil de la raison qui engendre des monstres mais aussi l’ennui et la superficialité qu’elle ne veut pas du tout vaincre, au contraire elle lutte pour le droit de les côtoyer à jamais.

Une autre force de l’écriture, peut-être la plus grande de toutes, est la cadence élégante des répétitions et énumérations, le rythme discret mais tenace des mots monosyllabiques qui lui confèrent cette ineffable, obsédante musicalité dont tout les critiques ont parlé et qui continue de te suivre longtemps après avoir fermé le livre :

Seulement quand je suis dans mon lit, à l'aube, avec le seul bruit des voitures dans Paris, ma mémoire parfois me trahit: l'été revient et tous ses souvenirs. Anne, Anne! Je répète ce nom très bas et très long- temps dans le noir. Quelque chose monte alors en moi que j'accueille par son nom, les yeux fermés: Bonjour Tristesse.

Bonjour, tristesse n’est assurément pas un chef-d’œuvre, mais il reste quand même un livre intéressant, bien construit, facile à lire, quelque part au milieu entre livre de vacance et lecture obligatoire.
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April 26, 2021
Such an indulgent and decadent read, I found out this novella was written by Francoise when she was 18. It’s remarkable how well it’s written given her age.

It depicts the extravagant lives of rich and privileged Cécile and her Father holidaying for two months on the French Riviera, its frivolous and fabulous so much of the book centres around the sexual adventures of these bored and beautiful people. It’s full of melodrama created by pampered and spoilt teenager Cécile drawn to playing in the grown up world of her Father. Of course things go askew when Cécile concocts a plan to sabotage her Father’s new relationship. It’s full of scheming and dramatics, it was hard to feel sorry for Cécile as she was very self absorbed to the point of irritation! I don’t think Cécile had a full grasp of her emotions as they were all over the place, I guess that’s the beauty of this book, it’s accurate in its portrayal of a confused 17 year old who’s playing in the world of grownups, things are bound to get bumpy. For all its flaws it was wildly and deliciously entertaining!
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December 8, 2011
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 described a “polite” encounter. In fact, excessive politeness was responsible for our inevitable separation.

It happened thus. I had been friends with Emma-Agnes for a few years in school and decided to write a page-long summation of my feelings toward her, apologising for my inappropriate biological urges impeding on our friendship. I expressed regret that I was attracted to her, and understood entirely if she’d want to sever our union and banish me, even though we took the same train daily, the same classes, and a few tutorials. To my surprise, she wasn’t repulsed and we carried on as friends. A few months later I wrote a second letter asking if we might go to lunch together, if that wasn’t too forward, and I would pay for her meal, if that wasn’t too sexist an attitude to take. She agreed.

And it progressed at this pace over the year. I eventually wrote her a letter requesting a lip-to-lip exchange, which occurred a month after the letter had been sent. Emma-Agnes already had a boyfriend at this stage, and would fall pregnant a few months later, but she kept up her side of the agreement. On an empty train carriage, I leaned in for the exchange. I hovered close to her face, then stopped to ask her if this was the correct angle for a satisfying “kiss.” She nodded and egged me on cordially. There was contact: her lips were a little sticky from lipgloss, so it was like kissing a Jelly Baby’s innards. After the peck, I was on the point of collapse. She was offering a second, more fuller exchange, but I decided that was enough for one afternoon. Absolutely marvellous. (You may baulk, but we shy people take what we get in this life, and when we love, we love like dying men crying out for morphine).

She left to have her baby a few months later and I didn’t see her again. It seemed she preferred the father of her child to me. I guess he was a little more assertive a lover. Ah well, the delirium of young love! This book is good.
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October 10, 2015
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 tone she takes clearly lacks of any empathy towards the troublesome decisions she’s made in her younger years.

Though Cécile’s unchecked attitude causes a lot of trouble in the story, the blame is to be equally placed with her father, Raymond. While he’s a quiet figure and doesn’t often get a voice—certainly not as much as the women, even Elsa and Anne—the way he’s raised Cécile is deeply problematic. He seems to dangle back and forth between what what makes everyone happy and what would be the right thing given the circumstance. Neither need be exclusive but at times they are.

The writing style works well with the narrative of the book. The fact that this story is actually told in flashback adds more to Cécile’s character and gives us a chance to observe the aftereffects of the events which take place in the book. It equally adds to our aversion of Cécile but at the same time, also emphasizes the negative consequences of being too frivolous with one’s decisions.

The ending is a bit problematic for me because it felt unnecessary to deal with the conflict between Anne and Cécile this way. I also had to question the morality of Cécile and Raymond with how irreverently they seemed to have dealt with the situation at the end. This ties back in to how the adult Cécile is looking back on her younger years and still doesn’t seem to think much of how much her actions has cost others.

Not a book meant for everyone but a satisfying read if you are comfortable with unlikable characters. It lays somewhere between a two- and three-star read.
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