|Bonjour Tristesse (1954) [Novel]|
by Françoise Sagan
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(From the publisher):
Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bitter-sweet 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 employment with her youngish, widowed father - an affectionate rouge 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 devistating 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.
Original title: Bonjour Tristesse
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Contemporary
Fiction→ General Fiction