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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,936 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Paule a 39 ans, c'est une femme libre et douce, sur qui les années passent avec nonchalance. Son amant, Roger, entretient avec elle une relation légère qui lasse et emprisonne Paule par sa versatilité. Lorsque Simon, un jeune homme de 25 ans, décide de la séduire, elle se laisse aimer, par vengeance mais aussi parce qu'elle veut être heureuse. Les paradoxes et les écueils ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 120 pages
Published by Pocket (first published 1966)
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Neal Adolph
Let me be frank with you, goodreads world, and admit something. I tend not to read romance novels. Ok, that is an understatement. This is the first book I have ever read which I have seen fall into that category of literature. But I think, even outside of that category, I tend not to read novels that dedicate a good deal of time to the development of romantic relations, or, at least, I do not seek them out. For some reason, and perhaps it speaks to my bachelored existence, romance isn’t a relati ...more
Fiona MacDonald
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
“In the name of the deceased, I charge you for letting the love pass by, for neglecting the duty to be happy, for living out of excuses, pretense and accepting with the fate. You should be condemned to death, but you'll be sentenced to solitude.”

Another lovely forage into the beautiful and elegant world of Françoise Sagan. I have got a bit obsessed with her now and am consistantly making lists of all the books I want to read by her.

This, her fourth novel, tells the story of the beautiful and ac
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Always and always will return to this Sagan. Personally, her best novella and I've read it, I think by now, countless times. It breaks my heart every single time. It's just indescribable how much I love it. When I read it for the first time I was much too young but it marked me for a lifetime. ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This is a re-read for me. I was probably too young at my first attempt, but with me being closer to the age of the protagonist, the tale gains in poignancy and nuance. My infatuation with Ingrid Bergman and her portrayal of the main character in a claasic movie may also colour my positive reaction to the text.

The story is deceptively simple and we have read it a thousand times by now: a love triangle in the city of love, Paris. A woman forced to look at her mid-life options and trying to recaptu
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
What a tragic little story, but I really enjoyed it. Weirdly enough this reminded me of Barbara Pym's books, only very, very French and sad. It's about a quiet woman approaching middle age, in a not very happy relationship with a longtime lover who keeps cheating on her. Not even a spoiler, but: (view spoiler) ...more
Sara G
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: downer
I like the...imagery of Françoise Sagan's writing. I really do. There are a few paragraphs that seem so unbelievably real.

But the topic of the book isn't the kind of thing that works for me. I just can't feel anything but dislike and disdain for the characters and their actions. Maybe it's a lack of empathy on my part but it's just so pathetic, they're all so pathetic.
Another romance novel, with a similar concept to a Certain Smile, but, in my honest opinion, with a much deeper conflict within a main character. She's a mature women, who finds herself between two men. One is old and successful, but she find his company and everyday routine kind of boring, while the other is much younger than her and has a career as an attorney, but his love suggestions, though rejected, make her feel attractive and live again. Unlike the last title, this one has consequences f ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicolas Sarkozy
Shelves: read-2009
I've read two romance novels in my lifetime. The first, A Prescription for Love or STDs, was about a bunch of physically challenged people with weird eyes that sparkled, flaring nostrils and hair that was unruly. This, the second, was about a bunch of French lovers. And the French really know how to screw up and complicate love. Or maybe I just don't appreciate love's complexity. Or maybe I just don't give a shit. Anyway, the lady is old (39 years old! My goodness she's on death's bed). Her stup ...more
Apr 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noramlly, I shy away from romantic novels. I made an exception with Aimez vous Brahms , which follows an older woman who has finally left her cheating lover. She then takes up another lover, a younger man, who defies convention by loving her. Despite the romantic overtones, it really is more a study of an aging woman who tries to change her life, but sadly fails in the end.
(I'm afraid they aren't selling any more copies of this book, though. I found mine by chance at Booksale and I haven't seen
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, in-en, 2013
How cheesy of me to be listening to Brahms while reading Aimez-vous Brahms... :))
Honestly pretty surprised I recognized most of the famous tunes, though I haven't listened to them in years (except for that lullaby that I hear even in my sleep). As for the book, I remember my mum had a copy when I was a teenager, but for some reason I never laid my hands on it. Was it the ugly cover and the poor paper? I find it sad that Sagan sees the forty year old woman as she does, stylish, fancy job and all,
Helen McClory
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
painfully acute on the foibles of relationships and deliciously short - though very much of its time (little needling bits of homophobia that could have been easily excised stain the pages like tiny smudges)
Ivy-Mabel Fling
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my second Sagan and I would certainly recommend it, but not as a romance. Like Bonjour Tristesse it shows us far more about what can go wrong in a relationship and the impossibility of 'love' than anything else. From comments made on the film, I imagine that that version is more romantic than the original story, which offers the reader no particularly happy ending. In BT, I had the feeling that Anne was wise to die (in one way or the other) and Paule's fate shows us why as she devotes he ...more
Goodbye Again, with Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, and Yves Montand, is one of my favorite films, so naturally I sought out this book. It's short, and I flew through it in a couple of hours. The film is very true to the book, and the casting--especially of Anthony Perkins--is really spot on. Roger is supposed to be a big guy, but it's hard to argue against Yves Montand.

I love this story.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read for this day and age, despite de slightly old-fashioned narrative style. Intriguing how regardless the apparent freedom, women were still unable to leave toxic relationships. It's also a good reflection on the double standard showcased by the French society in the '60s in terms of what was acceptable for women vs. men.
It made me think of Scott Fitzgerald's novels and love stories.
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Maybe too "sweet"..but the story - predictable - is touching..Anyway, the movie is magnificent! ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book to take a break from serious literature. It feels like you friend reveals her lovestory to you. Amazing
Nov 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I felt like I was reading "How Stupid People Make Stupid Decisions and Ruin Their Lives." Not for me. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I do this to myself?

As I read more of Sagan's books the less I like her work, not that I liked it in the beginning, but the writing was more enjoyable.
Sagan is an acquired taste: there's a lot of gristle that puts you off, even if you know there's some prime meat at the centre.

Aimez-Vous Brahms is about Paule, a working woman in Paris and the two dichotomous men who warm her bed. One is a contemporary who has begun to take her for granted, emotionally trapping her into faithfulness while pursuing younger women on the side, while the other is “an Adonis of twenty-five” who falls in love with Paule and idolizes and pursues her.⁣

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I'm not exited about this book. I was so happy to started read it, but when it got so boring. It simple and usual story, nothing special, nothing so passionate. It just a casual book for me, for spending some time in the evening. ...more
David Proffitt
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I would normally have chosen to read; it came as part of  "coffee and book" package. I could have just passed it on but decided to give it a try instead. And I am glad I did.

Set in 1950s Paris the book follows a brief period in the life of Paule, a 34-year-old Parisian career woman. She is in a long-term relationship with Roger, but from the reader's perspective, it is a very one-sided affair. While she waits for Roger to call, he lives the life of a single man. It is the kind
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
There may be a touch of nostalgia in my love for this short book : I found this (ugly) edition in a Little Free Library near my home, and because it was the same edition we had had in my home growing up, I couldn't resist rereading it. The story of Paule, a divorced, 39-year old interior decorator in Paris in the late 1950s, is touching in a very French way. She loves Roger, who loves her, in his own way, but who takes her for granted and cheats on her whenever the mood takes him. While decorati ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1959, Aimez-vous Brahms… was Françoise Sagan’s fourth novel. Unlike her first two books (Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile), Brahms features a relatively mature protagonist, Paule, a thirty-nine-year-old interior decorator living in Paris. It’s the story of a woman at a key point in her life, poised on the brink of entering middle age and everything this represents – particularly with regards to the nature of her relationships with men.

She had stationed herself at this mir
Sita Thomas
This book surprised me because I always thought novels about fleeting love affairs will be full of passionate and sensual prose. In fact, the prose in this book is quite cold and suitable to the fear and unhappiness of Paule, a 40-year old whose only reason to fall into an affair with a "young Adonis" was years of neglect from the man she truly loves. Actually I don't know if the prose is cold or if it is some detached French way of describing a mid-life crisis...

Anyway, Roger, her "true love" i
Johan van Haersolte
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
My mother had many books by Françoise Sagan but growing up, they all seemed too lightweight for me. That was in the 1970s. Now I read 2 in a row, ‘Bonjour tristesse’ and ‘Aimez vous Brahms...’, in 2 weeks time. I always considered them the most typical Sagan books. I enjoyed them and they touched me in a way that could not have possible when I had the same age when the author wrote them. That also makes them remarkable. These 2 books are very different from what I usually read. Sagan was part of ...more
Teodora Tofan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
My hopes weren't too high, that I would come across a worthful romantic story, of essence and with such a familiar language, amongst those vain, cheap and simple in words novels that everyone reads nowadays. I knew about the movie and with every mention of Simon in the book, I was positive that Anthony Perkins was a perfect fit for this role, as he took Simon's image in my head.
Lovely read, I recommend it.
Simon Bate
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read that takes us back to another time...other morals...Paris.Paule loves Roger but he's a playboy...she's 39 and feeling her age...25 year old Simon comes along and adores her...what should she do?...she knows it's not going to work...but...
I like short books and Francoise Sagan doesn't disappoint.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Sagan's book I 've read and I really liked it. It's funny how the theme of this book is in a way similar to "Princess the Cleves" I've finish reading yesterday.

I enjoyed reading this book and was rooting for Simon, of course. There is such innocence in him, it's hard not to like him. But I also understand the ending, you just can't win some battles.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Doesn't leave much of an impression but it was a pleasant read (it's a small book so you will finish it in no time at all).
Faced with the same circumstances as the heroine of this story, I would have probably made a different choice so I couldn't relate to her after a certain point.
Sladjana Kovacevic
I've read Sagan as a teenager. I loved her books. Some of them I love still. But not this one. Because-How can you not know do yo love something,or somebody or not? If you are too old to be with younger fellow,you are too old. It's in your head. Pathetic 🙄 ...more
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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

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