[Françoise Sagan] ☆ Bonjour tristesse [womens-rights PDF] Read Online ☆ 17.
Fran oise Sagan s amoral novel of a schoolgirl s summer romance, scandalised French society at the time, and, in the process, catapulted her into the limelight, at age only eighteen Not that it really did her any good, being blighted by drink, drugs and unhappy relationships thereafter.
The narrative is told by seventeen year old C cile, holidaying on the C te d Azur with her widowed father, a rou who has brought along his young girlfriend The daughter is exploring her own first sentimental and sensual adventure, a swiftly consummated romance with a handsome law student, when the unexpected arrival of an older woman, a friend of her late mother, disrupts the self indulgent haze of high summer First the newcomer takes charge, ordering C cile to terminate her romance in order to stay indoors and do her homework Then she and the father fall in love To prevent their marriage the daughter devises an ill fated plot in which the pretence of an affair between her boyfriend and the father s dumped girlfriend is intended to provoke jealousy and restore the status quo.
The amorality and sensualism of the characters seem less shocking today, but on the whole the book won me over for two reasons it s matter of fact, existential style that evoked Albert Camus, and the setting the sun and the sea of the French Riviera, plus of course there s the sex, the gambling, and riding about in fast automobiles Bonjour tristesse stands today as a fascinating look at a France that no longer exists It is an invocation of an era, of a time when young people were beginning to seek freedom from the strict bourgeois society of France after the end of WW2.
Loved the movie as well, probably just as much as the book.
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 Beautiful Than C Cile, 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 C Cile And Her Lover Cyril Feel Compelled To Take A Hand In His Amours, With Tragic ConsequencesBonjour tristesse Scandalized S France With Its Portrayal Of Teenager Terrible C Cile, A Heroine Who Rejects Conventional Notions Of Love, Marriage, And Responsibility To Choose Her Own Sexual Freedom The French 17 year old girl narrator is at once astute AND childish The life of leisure that she leads is intoxicating, and her bohemian experiences and attitudes give the work a refreshing polish This is somewhat of the opposite of Catcher in the Rye since Cecile is experienced, active, cool, while Holden Caulfield has all the naivete of a newborn, is of a spectator is simply, when all is said done, just duh hull.
Adieu tristesse,Bonjour tristesse.
Tu es inscrite dans les lignes du plafond.
Tu es inscrite dans les yeux que j aimeTu n es pas tout fait la mis re,Car les l vres les plus pauvres te d noncentPar un sourire.
Amour des corps aimables.
Puissance de l amourDont l amabilit surgitComme un monstre sans corps.
T te d sappoint e.
Tristesse, beau visage Paul luard,Peine D figur e Adieu TristesseBonjour tristesseFarewell SadnessHello SadnessYou are inscribed in the lines on the ceilingYou are inscribed in the eyes that I loveYou are not poverty absolutelySince the poorest of lips denounce youAh with a smileBonjour tristesseLove of kind bodiesPower of loveFrom which kindness risesLike a bodiless monsterUnattached headSadness beautiful face Paul luard,Barely Disfigured As in Paul luard s poem, sadness and foreboding soak this short narrative tingeing it with subtle melancholy disguised in frivolous characters and superficial undertone The irredeemable burden of selfishness, the strain of a guilty conscience, the disillusionment of unveiled truth, the weight of wrong decisions taken on impulse impregnate the voice of capricious and pampered C cile, a precocious seventeen year old girl , who discloses a confession rather than the memories of a summer spent in a paradisiacal villa in the south of France C line s charming and irresponsible father Raymond treats her with the courtesy and tenderness becoming of a lover than a paternal figure and his refusal of all notions of fidelity and serious commitment defines C cile s approach to relationships as passing, rapid, violent and passionate affairs as well as a lifestyle full of free love, lavish luxury, debauchery and hedonistic pleasuresAlthough I didn t share my father s aversion to ugliness, which often led us to associate with stupid people, I felt vaguely uncomfortable with anyone devoid of physical charms p.
5 None of her father s numerous and shallow mistresses has ever threatened to disrupt C line and Raymond s unshakable duo until the arrival of Anne, a perspicacious and discerning old friend of C cile s deceased mother Anne s traditional, serious and sensible conduct, which represents the conventional idea of love, marriage and responsibility that C line so much detests, jeopardizes her precious freedom and carefree existence when her father unexpectedly announces his intention of marrying her Blinded by her self interests and unconscious jealousy of Anne for banishing her from being the apple of Raymond s eye, C cile starts plotting a plan with Cyril, his young and golden skinned summer lover, to recover her former bourgeoisie and unorthodox life with her fatherI feared boredom and tranquility than anything In order to achieve serenity, my father and I had to have excitement, and this Anne was not prepared to admit p.
82 Bonjour tristessewas published in 1954, when Fran oise Sagan was barely eighteen years old after having failed her foundation year examinations at the Sorbonne She replaced her original surname by a nom de plume taken from Proust s character the Princesse de Sagan and her rebellious coming of age novel became both a huge success and a scandal for the underlying skepticism regarding conventional institutions like marriage and family as well as for the subtle hint of a disturbing incestuous nature of father daughter relationship that impregnates the story Sagan soon became representative of the bored and disillusioned young generation whose main focus was a superfluous existence immersed in self indulgence and decadent pleasure But both the confessional timbre and the satirical tone of Sagan s voice reverberating in a controlled, even austere writing style, which doesn t succumb to lyricism or redundant literary ornaments, shows me otherwise There is sadness in lonely people trying to fill their artificial relationships with glib gratification There is sadness in daily conversations revealing the meaninglessness of a life dissipated, with no clear direction There is sadness in evoking a decisive moment lost in time, when silence became too heavy of a burden to carry and the sound of fear overcame the music of righteousness, creating a dissonant path of no return There is sadness in shame and remorse There is sadness in a sense of loss Oscar Wilde implied deceit inherently thrives in modern timesSin is the only note of vivid color that persists in the modern worldBoth C line and Sagan knew decisions can t be unmade and that they come with burdensome and sometimes unpardonable consequences One can be courageous and face past transgressions with integrity or elude guilt and create a groundless existence based on self deception and forgetfulness while being condemned to never get rid of the unbearable lightness of perennial sadness Reality might prove to be as complex as human beings are ignorant, but C line s preference to tread the second path proved such an anticlimax that I couldn t get over the irony of choosing sadness to avoid remorse while bearing the ignominy of it all with a distorted smile plastered on C line s pretty and tanned faceA strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sadness p 3 .
Being stuck on the runway for three hours with Bonjour tristesse in hand is no fun, I tell you.
I read this at a time when I had a lot on my plate I didn t have enough patience to be concerned about the problems of a bunch of vain people who are wealthier than Scrooge McDuck, who spend their days sun bathing and surfing and whose evenings are dedicated to drinking and dancing.
Yeah, I agree it is well written for an 18 year old author But it is also so superficial It is natural that the 17 year old narrator acts like a teenager What is extremely annoying is that all the adults behave like teenagers as well The average IQ of all the characters in this book is likely to be very low They simply blame the heat for all their stupidity.
Let s meet these characters Cecile spoiled daughter of a rich dad Her life sucks right now, because her dad s girlfriend is trying to make her study for an exam and doesn t let her sleep with the pretty boy Could it be any worse Raymond rich, irresponsible, promiscuous Hey, Raymond, you have a daughter to look after, remember Elsa beautiful, fashionable, DUMB.
Occupation being a mistress to rich men.
Cyril 25 year old boy that Cecile finds attractive Considering how he gets involved into Cecile s schemes, probably not too bright.
Anne cold, calculating, condescending She decided she wanted Raymond in her life, followed him down to his beach house, wore a flattering dress one evening and voila mission accomplished HERE BE A MAJOR SPOILER LOOK AWAY I do have sympathy for Anne s tragic end, but there is this another voice in my head that wants to shout at Anne What are you, a silly teenagerA woman her age should know better than to end her life over a short relationship with a frivolous man known to be loose with women Anne s action is also difficult to digest as there was no indication of love or any real emotion in their relationship The two barely even spoke.
Damn, this heat Look where it got her I spent the rest of the flight reading The Stranger which, like this one, featured French people who spent a lot of time on the beach and cursed the heat But then there was so much too Way better
Un roman particuli rement charmant Je l ai lu comme un enfant et je suis s r que cela m a fait susceptible au genre romantique.
Q My love of pleasure seems to be the only consistent side of my character Is it because I have not read enough c Q La libert de penser, et de mal penser et de penser peu, la libert de choisir moi m me ma vie, de me choisir moi m me Je ne peux dire d tre moi m me , puisque je n tais rien qu une p te modelable, mais celle de refuser les moules c Q A Strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow The idea of sorrow has always appealed to me but now I am almost ashamed of its complete egoism I have known boredom, regret, and occasionally remorse, but never sorrow Today it envelops me like a silken web, enervating and soft, and sets me apart from everybody else c Q I did not find him absurd I saw he was kind, that he was on the verge of real love I thought it would be nice for me to be in love with him, too c Q Il arrive un ge o ils ne sont plus s duisants, ni en forme , comme on dit Ils ne peuvent plus boire et ils pensent encore aux femmes seulement ils sont oblig s de les payer, d accepter des quantit s de petites compromissions pour chapper leur solitude Ils sont bern s, malheureux C est ce moment qu ils choisissent pour devenir sentimentaux et exigeants J en ai vu beaucoup devenir ainsi des sortes d paves c Hello I m C cile Manny You as bored with this party as I am How bored are you Very I believe I m enjoying it slightly than you Were you often this bored when you were my age How old are you Seventeen Um I m trying to remember I think so So what did you do I read a lot Me too Anything you d recommend Category Something for a cynical girl who wants to be a famous author You ve read Bonjour tristesse Uh uh It might inspire you She published it very young, and it s excellent And the heroine s first name is the same as yours Any other reasons You don t like your stepmother much, do you You got that one right Well, it has detailed, step by step instructions on how to kill her and get away clean Hey Now I really must read it Thanks You re welcome Want to come upstairs for a bit You won t be offended if I say no It s okay I ll find some other middle aged man to seduce How about him over there He looks promising Good luck Okay, well, nice talking And I ll check out the book I enjoyed meeting you too Let me know what you think I will Bye Bye.
Please, somebody, get her to do some chores so that she doesn t stuff her head with rubbish I am tired of such tripe being praised because of but the author was only 17 when she wrote it excuse.