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Bonjour Tristesse
By: Françoise Sagan
Pages: 154
Published: 1954
Genre(s): France
Coming of Age
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Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father—a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her...

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I was very quickly hooked with the narrative and read it almost in one sitting. Brilliant little book, disturbing, but brilliant!

Apr 13th, 2020

forline forline

disturbing...Lolita-ish tones...

Feb 20th, 2018

Caro60 Caro60

A disturbing little story of manipulation and self-absorption. When Cecile's life is about to be subjected to something approaching regulation and she will no longer be the centre of her father's world she plots to remove the influence of Anne from her and her father's life so she can enjoy her freedom once more.

Oct 19th, 2014

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