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  • Mass Market Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 6 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2266195581
  • ISBN-13: 978-2266195584
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Françoise Sagan, de son vrai nom Françoise Quoirez, est née à Cajarc, dans le Lot. Sa carrière de femme de Lettres commence en 1954 avec la publication de Bonjour tristesse. Ce roman, en abordant explicitement la sexualité féminine avec un style désinvolte et mordant, provoque un véritable scandale. Récompensé la même année par le prix des Critiques, il devient l'emblème de toute la génération d'après-guerre et propulse son auteur au devant de la scène littéraire. Son œuvre compte aujourd'hui une trentaine de romans parmi lesquels on peut citer Aimez-vous Brahms..., publié en 1959 et porté à l'écran en 1963 par Anatole Litvak, Les merveilleux nuages (1973), Un orage immobile (1983), Les faux-fuyants (1991) ou encore Le miroir égaré (1996). Nouvelliste et auteur de théâtre, Françoise Sagan a écrit une dizaine de pièces et une biographie de Sarah Bernhardt publiée en 1987. Ce grand personnage de la scène culturelle française a également écrit le scénario du Landru de Claude Chabrol.Passionnée de sport automobile, l'auteur de Bonjour Tristesse a résidé de nombreuses années à Honfleur. En 1985, elle a reçu pour l'ensemble de son œuvre, le dix-neuvième prix de la Fondation du prince Pierre de Monaco. Françoise Sagan s'est éteinte le 24 septembre 2004 à l'âge de 69 ans.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas P. Murphy on Oct. 19 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is this a novel or a long, stream of consciousness poem? With fine twists of sentiment that range from those delicate, pristine, unreliable moments of late adolescence to those harsher insights of the same age, the book takes the reader on a spellbinding, emotionally volatile journey. Sagan renders scenes so poignantly one feels as if one is part of the same troubled triangle between the heroine, the father and the father's lover (roman a clef?). I have read this numerous times and have been deeply affected each time.
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I found Bonjour Tristesse an incredibly moving and stimulating book, which I would recommend to anyone who is intruiged by the emotions that a young woman goes through during her adolescense. The book touched on love, her relationship with her father and the other women that enter her and her fathers life. Sagan writes with a flowing and very realistic style, which I found interesting to read. A really fresh and thought provoking book with an excellent ending.
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By A Customer on Sept. 27 1998
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Having only studied french for a few years, I was reluctant when my friend plopped this book down on my lap and said "You MUST read this." Nevertheless, I read it, and found a refreshing change from the abridged versions of classics I had been suffering. The plot was fresh and interesting, and the language not too difficult. I would recommend this book to just about anyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling on Feb. 25 2004
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BONJOUR TRISTESSE c'est une livre tres ravissemente, mais pourquois sont tous les feuilletons d'Amazon cybernetique en Anglais? Il n'y-a pas d'auteurs francophones pour cette edition en particulier??
Pardonnez-mois pour ma usage terrible de la belle langue; ma lieu de naissance etais Baton Rouge, Louisianne, mais je suis d'origienne anglophone.
Tres ravissemente, la travaille de Mlle. Sagan.
Une livre avec une protagoniste dans l'an 1955, mais "Plus ca change, plus ce la meme chose" aussi pour les Teenagers!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read March 17 2000
By 17 year old English girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found Bonjour Tristesse an incredibly moving and stimulating book, which I would recommend to anyone who is intruiged by the emotions that a young woman goes through during her adolescense. The book touched on love, her relationship with her father and the other women that enter her and her fathers life. Sagan writes with a flowing and very realistic style, which I found interesting to read. A really fresh and thought provoking book with an excellent ending.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
really enjoyed this short little novel Sept. 24 2012
By pretygrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'd describe this more of a (long) short story than a novel.
It's a little funny, a little sad, and very french.
tongue-in-cheek and nostalgic for a time when the word "mistress" was still in circulation, although already only in use in *some* social circles. when "40" was old, but wit and personality ruled.
I am actually surprised that it's taken me this long to discover Sagan, seeing as how I'm really into french 20th century literature, all of it.
If you are, too, then certainly have a go. Very fun hour or two.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Price of Loveless Decadence Aug. 7 2011
By Stephen C. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first became familiar with this title after Camille Paglia's having recommended the film based on "Bonjour Tristesse" in her Salon.com column. I had hoped, that since Jean Seberg starred in that film, that it would have been in French. Even though the DVD is in English (I reviewed the film as well on Amazon), it follows the novel quite faithfully. Although I am not a fluent French speaker, I studied French for translation (IE advanced vocabulary in the legal and financial sectors); the French vocabulary in this book is for the most part simple and straightforward. Already having seen the picture also helped me to comprehend the plot. I think it is amazing that Sagan wrote this book as an 18 year old; she was definitely a prodigy, possessing a wisdom, clarity of thinking, and faculty of human understanding beyond her years. To have such insight into the sexual and professional mores, particularly of men, far beyond her years is impressive. Although it isn't the first and won't be the last, "Bonjour Tristesse" is a study of the human potential for wickedness, in a story narrated by antagonist Cecile. In today's language, Cecile and her father would be referred to as players. None of the characters are inherently evil; it is only the combined effect of the flawed natures that contributes to the key sacrifice. Cecile decides to be swayed by her desire for revenge, and voilà the tragic dénouement that she and her father both regret deeply. And so the reader can feel compassion for those characters; there are no heroes in this work. Despite the brilliance of Cecile's plan, it is the impulsiveness of her youth that contributes to the success of her wicked scheme. Ultimately, this more than just a cautionary tale of the bad girl versus the strict/repressed stepmother. It's about the danger of not recognizing when what seems like a silly game is actually a serious one. Just because this book was written in 1954, doesn't mean it's passé. As another Amazon reviewer noted: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose".

Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Hideous Exuberance"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tiny French Classic July 26 2009
By K. M. Metcalfe - Published on Amazon.com
Don't let the fact that the book is tiny, that it was written by a very young unaccomplished writer in 1955, or the fact that it is French dissuade you. This book is wonderful.

We spend the summer holiday with Cecile, a teenage girl on the cusp of womanhood who is caught between the desires of her younger self and those of the woman she is destined to become. Through her eyes we see a glimpse of the beauty of the French seaside and the complexities of her society. Cecile moves toward her abrupt coming of age with resolve and trepidation... she yearns for the simplicity of an imagined perfect family life while at the same time manipulating the adults around her in order to maintain some sense of control.

Cecile's love hate relationship with first her father's latest mistress Edna and then later with his fiancé Ann, is really a response to her unorthodox relationship with her father himself. Her fumbling in the matters of love with the older boy Cyril and her loss of her innocence, by her own hand, hallmark the classic heart trauma of a girl becoming a woman.

Cecile is a wonderfully written character. She isn't always understandable or likable, but she is always engaging. Her metamorphosis is heart breaking and yet wholly unsurprising. Sagan writes with a style that is clear, concise, and reminiscent of Fitzgerald. In fact, had Cecile suddenly taken a trip to West Egg, it would not have seemed out of character.

With its gripping storytelling, it is no wonder that this book became a classic. I highly recommend it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worthwhile book at the begining-intermediate level in French Nov. 20 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bonjour Tristesse is a great story for a high school or intermediate French class to read. Sagan uses simple vocabulary to tackle her racy subject matter -- a daughter's love affair at her summer home in the south of France becomes "interdit" (or forbidden) when she passes comment on one of her father's latest lovers. Little does she know that Anne is to be her step-mother; little does her father know that she is still seeing her boyfriend. A thrilling story for the level at which it is written, Bonjour Tristesse has a surprising ending which leaves the reader stunned


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