Bonjour Tristesse (Paperback)
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Bonjour Tristesse (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 07/04/2011
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A Hay Festival and The Poole VOTE 100 BOOKS for Women Selection 'Late into the night we talked of love, of its complications. In my father's eyes they were imaginary. . . This conception of rapid, violent and passing love affairs appealed to my imagination. I was not at the age when fidelity is attractive. I knew very little about love.' The French Riviera: home to the Beautiful People. And none are more beautiful than Cecile, a precocious seventeen-year-old, and her father Raymond, a vivacious libertine. Charming, decadent and irresponsible, the golden-skinned duo are dedicated to a life of free love, fast cars and hedonistic pleasures. But then, one long, hot summer Raymond decides to marry, and Cecile and her lover Cyril feel compelled to take a hand in his amours, with tragic consequences. Bonjour Tristesse scandalized 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager terrible Cecile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241951569
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 67 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 6 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale * The Times *
The novel that paved the way for the permissive society...one of the literary sensations of the century * Daily Telegraph *
Francoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald * Guardian *

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“Sun, sea, love and longing on the French Riviera ”

All at once light and dark, funny and sincere but above all beautifully written. Cecile is a capricious teenager who cannot figure out what she wants or how she feels, despite acting like she knows everything. It is a... More

Paperback edition
8th June 2015
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“An exploration of love in youth”

Such a quick and gripping read - it offers such an interesting perspective of love in youth and the journey to understanding what love really is. It has quite a dark and twisted ending and explores issues of... More

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