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  • Published: 16 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951569
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

Bonjour Tristesse

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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.

  • Pub date: 16 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951569
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

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“A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale”


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