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Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile

Bonjour Tristesse A Certain Smile Published when she was only nineteen Fran oise Sagan s astonishing first novel Bonjour Tristesse became an instant bestseller It tells the story of C cile who leads a carefree life with her widowed

  • Title: Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile
  • Author: Françoise Sagan
  • ISBN: 9780141442303
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published when she was only nineteen, Fran oise Sagan s astonishing first novel Bonjour Tristesse became an instant bestseller It tells the story of C cile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry with devastating consequences In A Certain Smile Dominique, a young woman boredPublished when she was only nineteen, Fran oise Sagan s astonishing first novel Bonjour Tristesse became an instant bestseller It tells the story of C cile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry with devastating consequences In A Certain Smile Dominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways These two acerbically witty and delightfully amoral tales about the nature of love are shimmering masterpieces of cool headed, brilliant observation.

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    About "Françoise Sagan"

    1. Françoise Sagan

      Born Fran oise Quoirez, she 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 was published that March Later that year, She won the Prix des Critiques for Bonjour Tristesse.She chose Sagan as her pen name because she liked the sound of it and also liked the reference to the Prince and Princesse de Sagan, 19th century Parisians, who are said to be the basis of some of Marcel Proust s characters She was known for her love of drinking, gambling, and fast driving Her habit of driving fast was moderated after a serious car accident in 1957 involving her Aston Martin while she was living in Milly, France She was twice married and divorced, and subsequently maintained several long term lesbian relationships First married in 1958 to Guy Schoeller, a publisher, they divorced in 1960, and she was then married to Robert James Westhoff, an American ceramicist and sculptor, from 1962 to 63 She had one son, Denis, from her second marriage.She won the Prix de Monaco in 1984 in recognition of all of her work.

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    1. Contrary to the last book I read, as part of my "Classics" experiment (Paul Auster's "New York Trilogy"), I'm sure as hell glad I picked this one up!Francoise Sagan's first two novels have proved short, sweet and to the point ~ making the couple of days (on/off) it took me to read them highly enjoyable and utterly worthwhile. Amongst beautiful landscapes and fascinating, highly complex characters, Sagan weaves two searing, deliciously "French" tales of love, passion, jealousy and betrayal. One s [...]


    2. Sigh. Oh, Bonjour Tristesse - why do you have to only be one hundred and nine pages? It's so unfair. I took as long as I possibly could to read this novel. For a few days, Bonjour Tristesse became my world. And what a worldBonjour Tristesse is the perfect literary holiday. It's that rare bird; a novel you can escape into, that will also keep you thinking. Okay, so the novel's not without tragedy - it's called Bonjour Tristesse, after all - but really, who can resist a twisted love story?(Or is t [...]


    3. 4.5 starsI adored this book - the prose was beautiful, the characters immoral and cynical and it was set on the gorgeous French Riviera in the 1950's.We follow 17 year old Cécile and her playboy father on their holidays in a villa by the Mediterranean sea. They lead a hedonistic, decadent lifestyle full of parties and mistresses. That is, until a family friend, the beautiful and elegant Anne comes in and threatens to drastically change their lives. Cécile does not appreciate Anne's plans to ma [...]


    4. Françoise Sagan become an overnight sensation in 1954 which the publication of her first novel Bonjour Tristesse. At the age of 18, she published the novel she will be remembered for; the story of Cécile, a seventeen year old living with her widowed father and his mistress on the French Riviera. During an uneventful summer, an old friend of her late mother comes and stirs the peaceful balance of their summer villa.Not knowing much about Françoise Sagan, I could not determine just how autobiog [...]


    5. Finely crafted prose, gracefully sensuous - and yet careless, cool, irresistibly languid. The style is faintly Fitzgerald-esque and very, very French. Writing fluently about both searing emotion and cold detachment, Sagan takes us on very real journeys of psychological development. The overall effect, therefore, is perfect for the kind of lazy summer afternoon when you don't want to expend too much effort in thinking, but want to be drawn in and bestowed with some interesting thoughts anyway. "B [...]


    6. Two novels in this edition, written by the young and insightful teenager from 1950s French society, Francoise Sagan. initial impressions have "chick-lit" in the frame, but after due consideration, this is provocative stuff from one so young I have to admire her insight and ability to convey the emotions of lust, jealousy and unrequited love, though this is surely semi-autobiographical in nature recommended to be devoured in an afternoon.


    7. So French it hurts - but in a good way. Beautiful writing, and poignant observations. It breaks all the 'rules' that exist now for style, which for me shows why those rules are there to be broken. A book(s) I'll definitely revisit when I'm older and, hopefully, wiser.



    8. Françoise Sagan was just eighteen when she wrote her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse. On its publication in 1954, the book was an instant sensation, flying off the shelves and making a celebrity of its author in the process. It is a wonderful book, an irresistible story of love, frivolity and the games a young girl plays with others people’s emotions, all set against the backdrop of a heady summer on the Riviera. Bonjour Tristesse might just be the perfect holiday read.Seventeen-year-old Céci [...]


    9. "Happiness is a flat expanse without landmarks. Hence, I have no precise memory of that period in Cannes . . ." I picked up this book at Hatchard's in London at the suggestion of the young man at the front register. The book is remarkable for having been the first novel of a 17 year old French writer that was published in 1954 and became a sensation. This Penguin Modern Classic is actually two novels (the quote above is from "A Certain Smile") more recently translated than the originals of the 1 [...]



    10. Great line: "The previous evening was gradually becoming clearer in my memorywhen you are drunk you say things that are true and no one believes you."


    11. [This is the text of the book reviews from episode fifty-eight of my podcast, The Pageist.]This episode’s book reviews are two novels by Francoise Sagan. Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile. The versions I read were both in one edition by Penguin Modern Classics, translated by Heather Lloyd in 2013. These are the unexpurgated versions of the books. Certain passages had been cut when initially issued in the fifties, though reading it now I couldn’t figure out which ones they’d be without [...]


    12. These two short novels - almost novellas - are both very French, and of their time. They are French in the sense that they are very reflective, wordy, willing to examine and theorise about subjects such as love and morality, not just tell a story. Both have the same, self-conscious, self-examining tone, and the voice of the young narrator is very similar in both novels - not surprising of course since they both represent Sagan herself. There is the same, even, meditative and somewhat disillusion [...]


    13. Review of Bonjour TristesseAn elegant and eloquent short novel about love and deception. It was a very enjoyable read, despite the protagonist being rather young, selfish and unlikeable. It surprises me that Sagan was only 18 when this was published, as it is so well written and has emotional depth. The writing is simple but powerful. I myself found it interesting how, despite everything that happens over the summer, Celine and her father revert back to their previous way of life - I think that [...]


    14. I wasn't overly charmed by this particular 19-yr old's first effort; while it is oddly frank for the time period, by the 3rd chapter it comes across as petulant rather than honest and there is nothing here that cannot be found in Fitzgerald's Rosemary in This side of Paradise. The ending was horribly Gatsby-esque ande whole storyline was very overdramatic and just smells too much like Fitzgeralds' exhausted pastel-colours of an indistinct France at an indistinct time with not half of his underly [...]


    15. Bonjour Tristesse - This story was absolutely fantastic, everything about it was amazing, the plot, the characters were all so decadent and hilariously "intellectual" that the ending came as a huge shock. It was beautifully written, wonderfully translated by that matter! A Certain Smile - Strangely quite different from Bonjour Tristesse but at the same time had a beautiful writing style and excellent characters. Halfway through the novel the character being bored bores the reader, though this is [...]


    16. These two novellas are nice and short. They are very beautifully written. You might not like the narrator but she knows what she's about. Bonjour Tristesse is deservedly very famous but its immediate impact on French society was because of its immorality. Actually I think the book has depth. The introduction to this edition by Rachel Cusk is very illuminating and sensitive. But, I don't know, I think there is still more to this book than Rachel Cusk allows. It has a certain sensual quality that [...]


    17. On my plane ride home from Paris, I found a great fiction book (which I seldom do) at the London airport. I read the whole thing on my flight home and instantly fell in love! It's a collection of two short novels by Françoise Sagan - Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile. They were written in the early 50s by a young, French girl who failed out of the Sarbonne. Lots of interesting themes - and I'm jealous I didn't write it! She's called the French F. Scott Fitzgerald only it very much reminded [...]


    18. BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2015I have a new favourite author and new favourite book. Bonjour Tristesse is by far the best "classic" I have ever read. The writing is perfect and the feeling in it is believable, the feeling is real. The darkness of being a teenager is perfectly captured.A Certain Smile is also a great story. Much more mature and darker than Bonjour Tristesse. Another great read.




    19. Makes me want to read / speak French so I could enjoy this delicious pair of stories in the original language.Perfect for beach reading on îles de Ré cette semaine!


    20. L'étrangèreThere is something stylish about the emotional intelligence of a young French woman especially when coupled with the detachment with which Sagan endows her heroines. Here are two first person narratives varying between the lightness of a young girl's fancy and the hard reflectiveness of an existentialist outsider. Cecile in BT is triumphant in her accession over circumstance and the duality of passion and distaste, ultimately tinged with sadness. Dominique in ACS comes unstuck when [...]


    21. This novel also contains the similar novella ‘A certain smile’. Both stories are by the then young 18 year old, French author Sagan. They are basically about a young woman; the first Cecile (17) and her love for a vibrant Cyril (25) whilst disliking her widowed father’s new love affair. The second is about Dominique (20) who has an affair with her boyfriend’s Uncle.These are classy, sunny beach Riviera tales which at their publication in 1954 Britain needed abridging for their sexual con [...]


    22. The last and my favourite of my holiday reading. I had (sadly) never heard of Francoise Sagan, and stumbled on this book by accident. But upon reading I was treated to two totally engaging novellas. On researching a little I have seen her described as the French Fitzgerald, and I can how this comparison could be levelled. The stories, while set and written after Fitzgerald, have that similar feel. Bonjour Tristesse is both a coming of age story and potboiler of tangled relationships, set in the [...]


    23. Published in 1954, Bonjour Tristesse describes the hedonism of the young narrator, Cécil, and the moral vacuum in which she and her sybaritic father exist: they swim and sunbathe idly, her father exercises for vanity, and Cécil reflects that the sand pouring through her fingers “was trickling away like time, and that it was facile to think like that and that it was pleasant having facile thoughts.” Cécil has grown up with a lack of parental authority figures; she informs the reader that [...]


    24. Found on the table in the back room of our library I was caught in it's olden day cover and yet good condition. It's a 1958 copy and so gorgeous with it's crinkly pages and paper cover. The stories inside captured me too. Not clever or fantastical just two lovely stories about people - woman and relationships, with lovers, parents, friends. Both easy reads and set in France which always captures the romantic in me.


    25. I don't care if the characters were self absorbed (so quintessentially French) or the writing too telling, I fucking loved this.


    26. This book was odd, but very mischievous and different than what I would normally read. I am glad that I found this book and was drawn out of my interest circle a little bit because of it.


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