Bonjour Tristesse

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‘Bonjour Tristesse’ tells the story of Cécile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until he decides to remarry – with devastating consequences.

ISBN: 9780241951569 Author: Sagan, Francoise Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Publication Date: 7th April 2011 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 843.914 (edition:23) Pages: 96 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

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‘Late into the night we talked of love, of its complications. In my father’s eyes they were imaginary. . .
This conception of rapid, violent and passing love affairs appealed to my imagination. I was not at the age when fidelity is attractive. I knew very little about love.’

The French Riviera: home to the Beautiful People. And none are more beautiful than Cécile, a precocious seventeen-year-old, and her father Raymond, a vivacious libertine. Charming, decadent and irresponsible, the golden-skinned duo are dedicated to a life of free love, fast cars and hedonistic pleasures. But then, one long, hot summer Raymond decides to marry, and Cécile and her lover Cyril feel compelled to take a hand in his amours, with tragic consequences.

Bonjour Tristesse scandalized 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager terrible Cécile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.

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