Monday, August 31, 2015
Book Review: "Bonjour Tristesse" by Francoise Sagan
I found this novella purely by accident and was compelled to read it one Sunday afternoon. Cecile is kind of a spoiled rich-kid brat who has almost an incestuous love for her father. She is very young and naive, and yet is surprised to find herself attracted to the guy next door as he isn't of her father's age. She is just so lonely for his attention - he doesn't ignore her - but he does give plenty of attention to young pretty things that grab his attention for a month or two. For such a short book, that honestly reads quite light and breezy, it really holds a surprising depth. Now that I've read up a little bit about this - the author was just eighteen herself when this was published - and that really adds to the authenticity of the main character. This was a glorious find!
Also, not that it means much, but I love this cover. Isn't it wonderful?
by Francoise Sagan
Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008. First Published 1955.