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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, intelligen ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 153 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Pocket (first published 1954)
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Manny
Dec 07, 2008 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
503. Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
سلام بر غم - فرانسواز ساگان (هرم، فرخی) ادبیات فرانسه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه اکتبر سال 2008 میلادی
عنوان: سلام بر غم؛ نویسنده: فرانسواز ساگان؛ مترجم: حسینقلی جواهری؛ تهران، فرخی، چاپ سوم 1350 ، در 164 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، دنیای کتاب، 1396، در 178 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 20 م
مترجم: فرزام حبیبی؛ تهران، هرم، 1385، در 164 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، زاویه، 1395؛
مترجم: علی اصغر محمدزاده؛ تهران، مرجان، 1380، در 160 ص؛ شابک: 9647563043
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Tatiana
Aug 10, 2011 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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Fabian
Oct 27, 2010 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 & is simply, when all is said & done, just Duh-uull.
ZaRi
Nov 29, 2016 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
Dolors
Jan 17, 2014 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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Megha
May 20, 2011 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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Shovelmonkey1
Apr 13, 2011 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 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.
Andrei Bădică
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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."
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
Madeline
Sep 17, 2012 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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Moha Dem
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: french-novels
On sait que les romans français sont les plus beaux des monde entier, n'est-ce pas ? Mais celui-ci n'était pas bon malheureusement
Paul
Jun 15, 2014 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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Kelly
Apr 17, 2009 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.
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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Jim Fonseca
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french-authors
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 ...more
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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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
Maribel
Jan 21, 2017 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.
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
Ellinor
Als ich hörte, dass die Autorin erst 18 Jahre alt war, als sie Bonjour Tristesse verfasste, war ich zunächst etwas skeptisch. Außerdem hatte ich nur wenige Tage zuvor ein anderes Buch über eine Vater-Tochter-Beziehung gelesen (Blood and Guts in High School), dass ich ganz schrecklich fand, sodass ich ein wenig Bedenken hatte, als ich mich an die Lektüre dieses Romans machte.

Ich wurde jedoch sehr positiv überrascht. Das Buch liest sich locker leicht und ist nicht zu Unrecht ein moderner Klassiker
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Fede
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, french
"Mes jours comme mes nuits sont en tous points pareils, sans joies et pleins d'ennui..."

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 father
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Mike Lester
Dec 19, 2011 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
Astraea
رمانی خوب و ساده بدون تکلف و کلمات سنگین بود که از زبانی کودکانه و بدون پختگی و پیچیدگی فلسفی و اول شخص مفرد بیان میشد.
نویسنده زمان نوشتن داستان 18 سال داشته!!!
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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Rowena
Sep 29, 2012 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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Asya Pavlova
Ала когато призори лежа будна в кревата, сама с шума на парижките коли, понякога паметта вероломно ме връща към лятото и всички спомени. ... Тогава нещо се надига в мен и затворила очи, аз го назовавам по име: Добър ден, Тъга.
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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.” 106 likes
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