Set against the translucent beauty of France in summer, Bonjour Tristesse is a bittersweet tale narrated by Cécile, a seventeen-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood, whose meddling in her father's love life leads to tragic consequences.
Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish, widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cécile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.
Deceptively simple in structure, Bonjour Tristesse is a complex and beautifully composed portrait of casual amorality and a young woman's desperate attempt to understand and control the world around her....Continua
bookshelves: shortstory-shortstories-novellas, film-only, published-1953, autumn-2013, france, debut
Read from August 11 to November 13, 2013
Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr
IMDB Description: Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life....Continua
Un libro leggero e la cui ambientazione estiva lo rende perfetto da leggere sotto l'ombrellone, quando tenta di farsi «pesante» e psicologico è forse meglio andare a farsi un tuffo in acqua prima di proseguire. La protagonista si aggiudica senza dubbio un posto d'onore tra le eroine letterarie più antipatiche che mi sia capitato di conoscere....Continua
Durante la lettura di questo romanzo si coglie un senso di leggerezza, quasi come se tutto possa essere concesso e governato fino a quando all'improvviso ci si rende conto che non è così ed è necessario fare i conti con la realtà.
L'atmosfera leggera delle ambientazioni quasi fa percepire il profumo e il sapore di una estate francese d'altri tempi!
In 1954, when Bonjour Tristesse first came out, it caused a scandal. It was daring of Françoise Sagan to write a novella about seventeen-year-old Cécile who lives with her playboy father and doesn’t mind his changing affairs. Hypocritical post-war society was even less prepared for reading the first-person-narrative of a girl who doesn’t see any sense in studying, who drinks too much, who interfers with her father's marriage plans, and who enjoys her first sexual experiences with her boyfriend Cyril without the faintest intention of getting married because it's a summer flirt. I can well imagine people calling such a novella amoral and dangerous for the youth. Certainly it was ahead of its time, ahead of the sexual revolution of the 1960s as we know now.
However, Bonjour Tristesse is a psychological, not an erotic novel. In a simple and matter-of-fact language Françoise Sagan, who was only 18 years old herself at the time, describes the confusion of the adolescent on the brink of adulthood who never had a mother to guide her and rebel against, nor a father accepting his role and responsibility. Cécile enjoys her empty and carefree life because she doesn’t know anything else. When her late mother's old friend and her father's new finacé Anne shows her that there could and should be more, she shrinks back since it means growing up and taking responsibility
There’s much truth in Bonjour Tristesse and it has lost nothing of its power. Quite on the contrary! In a society based on consumption and entertainment we’re all in danger to succumb to the temptation of a carefree and superficial life – if only in our spare time away from the inevitable duties and responsibilities of daily life. It’s not without reason that escapist books make up such a huge part of the market. I prefer literature which makes me think. As a teenager I might have benefited more from Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, but even at my age it has been an excellent read which deserves my recommendation.
For the full review please go to http://edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com/2013/07/bonjour-tristesse-by-francoise-sagan.html on my blog Edith's Miscellany!...Continua