Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

Book - 2001
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A self-absorbedl teenage French girl attempts to thwart her playboy father's forthcoming marriage, but her plans take a tragic turn. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cécile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.

Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cécile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.

Deceptively simple in structure, Bonjour Tristesse is a complex and beautifully composed portrait of casual amorality and a young woman's desperate attempt to understand and control the world around her.



Blackwell North Amer
Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cecile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.
Freed from boarding school, Cecile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father - an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cecile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cecile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2001
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780066211695
0066211697
Branch Call Number: SAG
Characteristics: x, 130 p. ; 19 cm

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Margush
Mar 03, 2019

What a treat. A great story line, deep characters, light and thoughtful at the same time. So French!

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uncommonreader
Oct 24, 2015

This book about decadent people holds up 65 years after it was written and seem quite contemporary.

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advega718
Jul 18, 2015

Read this as part of the Book Riot Challenge. For such a compact story, it's a disturbing look into the mind of malice and manipulation. The ending was completely #%!ed up to boot. Fans of Gone Girl and the like would approve.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 27, 2015

"A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow."
Hello sadness! French author Francoise Sagan was only 18 when her debut novel came out and it was something of a sensation, but it's hard now to see what the fuss was all about. It's amusing, but slight. Made into a film by Otto Preminger starring Jean Seberg, David Niven, and Deborah Kerr.

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lozza1401
Jan 02, 2013

I loved this book! It was very short and took me a day to read. A story about a spoiled 17 year old who wishes to destroy her father's relationship with his fiance for her own selfish reasons. I loved the writing style, considering this was written in 1955.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 15, 2010

written by a teen author - age 18

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