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Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse: And, a Certain Smile. Franoise Sagan | Franoise Sagan
Published when she was only eighteen, Franoise Sagan's astonishing first novel, Bonjour Tristessebecame an instant bestseller. It tells the story of Ccile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences. In A Certain SmileDominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways. These stylish, shimmering and amoral tales had explicit sexual scenes removed for English publication in the 1950s. Now this fresh and accurate new translation presents the uncensored text of Sagan's masterpieces in full for the first time. A New Translation by Heather Lloyd With an Introduction by Rachel Cusk 'Franoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald.' Guardian 'Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French.' The Times
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Come-read-with-me
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1. Sadly I am a monolingual English speaker, however......... 2. I do try to learn some greetings, polite forms, and commonly used phrases when I travel to countries that are not primarily English speaking. I have some French, Spanish, German, and Icelandic.

TalecArashi Icelandic! I've heard that's one of the most complex languages 😯 1mo
Come-read-with-me @TalecArashi It is hard, which is why I only know a few basic phrases and polite forms! 😊 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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This tale of beauty, promiscuity and amorality, written when the author was only 18, is certainly #taintedlove.

Somehow I‘ve ended up with three copies - two English and one French! 🤷‍♀️

#anglophileapril

Cinfhen Do u read in French?? Book sounds good. Hope you‘re having a lovely weekend 💜 8mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I *can* read in French (a bit!) but I don‘t! French literature is a bit incomprehensible even in English sometimes.....! 😜 8mo
Mdargusch I love your editions! 🧡 8mo
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Reviewsbylola I love that you have three copies! 8mo
writerlibrarian Great choice. Beautiful editions (edited) 8mo
emilyhaldi This has been on my tbr for a looooooong time! 8mo
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AudreyMorris
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Cecile is 17, and has spent the last 2 years with her widowed father after spending many at a convent school. At first I thought she was just your average boy-crazy teen. But no, she‘s also mean and cruel. She must have her way, and will do anything to get it. And then she flip flops and regrets her actions. Until she flip flops again. Narcissist or sociopath? Per author interview included, the author was very similar. #1001books #intranslation

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AudreyMorris
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I‘m reading two books, written 60 years apart, both translated from French. Both short. One fiction, one “novelized nonfiction” (wtf?). Both have characters named Cyril. I am unclear if this is coincidence, not coincidence, or a super common name in France. Other book tagged below. 🤔

Leniverse I think it's a not uncommon name, but not exactly top 10 or anything. So I'd call it a bit of book synchronicity! 1y
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AudreyMorris
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Yesterday‘s #libraryhaul! More for the #augusttbr

Litsy needs a library haul sticker!

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tournevis
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@SilversReviews
1️⃣ No.
2️⃣ Mostly yes.
3️⃣ Mostly yes.

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. I usually get my books back, but if you lose my book or ruin it, you are off the list. 😊 1y
tournevis @SilversReviews I do loan some books to my grad students, but I keep a tally and I scare them. 1y
SilversReviews @tournevis 😍😍😍😍 And laughing. 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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Pickpick

I finished Bonjour Triesste last night. It was a wonderful and quick read and I think it‘s deserving of being a solid 4 star. Françoise Sagan has been described as the French F. Scott Fitzgerald and I have to say that‘s pretty accurate! I loved her writing. Can‘t wait to read A Certain Smile. #bookaddict #booklover #bookblog #bookworm #bookish #penguinmodernclassics

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Sophoclessweetheart
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Good good morning beautiful souls 🖤🌻

I‘m overjoyed this morning because I passed my exam and my module and am accepted to my October modules. I want to dance and squeal but it‘s 7am so I‘ll drink coffee and read whilst my daughter watches her breakfast cartoons instead. I‘m 50-60 pages into each of my reads now and I am loving them all. #bookaddict #booklover #bookblog #bookish #bookworm #bookstamums #penguinmodernclassics

TaylorMay Congrats!! 🎉🎉 but enjoy the squeeling and jumping you earned it! 1y
LeahBergen Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Big congratulations 🎉 1y
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laurenbescoby Congrats Kendal!!! #nailedit 😄🎉🎉🎉 knew you would 😊 x 1y
RachelO Congratulations! 1y
batsy Congratulations!! 🎉🎉💐 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @miralunasbooknook Thank you Laurie!! 😁😁 I‘m so excited and pleased!! 1y
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻 1y
JazzFeathers 😀💪👏👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌🎊🎊🎊🎉🎉🎉🎉 1y
JoScho 💖🎉💖🎉💖 1y
BiblioLitten Congratulations!!💖💞👏 1y
Mdargusch Great news! 👍🏼 1y
Slajaunie Congratulations!!!🎈🎉 1y
Weaponxgirl Congratulations 1y
kathedron Congratulations and well done! 👏 🎉 1y
youneverarrived Congrats! 😘 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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Unplugging for the weekend to enjoy family time and good books. See you on Monday beautiful souls. 🖤🌻 #penguinmodernclassics #bookaddict #bookish #booklover #bookblog #bookworm #bookstamums

Kalalalatja Enjoy! 1y
Weaponxgirl Have a lovely weekend 😊 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I went through a big Francoise Sagan phase! 1y
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youneverarrived Have a lovely weekend 😁 1y
Oryx Have a good weekend! 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @Kalalalatja Thank you sweet. Xx (edited) 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @weaponxgirl Thank you sweet. It‘s been a lovely time x 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @mommywantstoreadherbook It‘s my first but she sounds wonderful. Do you recommend any others? X 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @oryx Thank you Lovely! Xx 1y
BooknerdsLife That sounds lovely! Have a beautiful unplugged weekend with your family 🙏💕😘 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @booknerdslife Thank you dear. It was a lovely break! 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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What‘s self control? 🤷🏼‍♀️

This is my #currentlyreading pile. I‘ve gone from reading Silence of the Girls, two reading three books at once and although this is a technique I want to learn to help me battle my overflowing TBR, I‘m still learning how to work multiple books at once effectively.

So, I guess I‘m accepting eyeball donations now 💁🏼‍♀️🤔#penguinenglishlibrary #penguinmodernclassics

keys_on_fire I don‘t usually have multiple books going of one type. The way I do it is hat I have one print book, one ebook, and one audio book. That way if I don‘t have my print book with me, I can read on my phone if I have the opportunity, and I listen to my audio book on the way to and from work. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Self control? No idea. I'm always reading more than one book too; 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @ephemeralwaltz Who needs that self control stuff anyway? 🤷🏼‍♀️😹🖤 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart @keys_on_fire That‘s a great idea! I don‘t use audiobooks or ebooks personally, but if you do that‘s a brilliant way to work them 👏 1y
Weaponxgirl I will read multiple books at a time but I find I need to have different genres on the go at once. So generally I'll have one fiction and non fiction all the time. This is because I like to follow the thread of fiction without confusing myself too much. Other combos that can work are essay collections and short stories and poetry fits in anywhere. I will also often throw in a bio or memoir but that's my lack of control. 1y
BooknerdsLife Haha I'm forever reading more than one book at a time since I get bored too easily & Im totally a big mood reader 😅🙈 But I do try to read different genre at the same time so I won't get too confused 🤗 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @weaponxgirl I have tried to do multiple reads with one nonfiction or poetry and one fiction but I‘m trying to branch out and just read 2-3 of whatever I want to read at once because I‘m currently just wanting to read everything right away 😹😹 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @booknerdslife I‘m hoping once this dire need to read everything at once right away wears off I can go back to one book at a time. Hah 😹 1y
BooknerdsLife @Sorceryandswords Haha OK 😂 I doubt it will wear off so tho...It's our biggest problem : Too many books, too little time 🤣😈 1y
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DebinHawaii
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#OldCoolBooks #novella

I couldn't find an old cool edition of a novella on my shelves, but I do have this classic. Published in 1954 when the author was just 18, it is a quick, interesting & provocative read. I bought a copy after reading about it in another book--don't ask me which one.🤔I also watched the film. I like the starkness of the design on my edition but I'd love to own the English first edition, published in 1955--it's so colorful.

CarolynM This brings back memories! 1y
LeahBergen I want that edition, too. 😍 1y
Linsy Both are great, but you‘re right, that first edition is beautiful! 1y
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gregspuches
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Day 25: #beachread ??? Françoise Sagan‘s first brilliant novel, written in her teens.

“Sometimes I think I would blame myself less if I had been prompted that day by hatred and violence, and had not allowed myself to drift into it merely through inertia, the sun, and Cyril‘s kisses.” - p77

#photochallenge #readingresolutions

Mdargusch Great photo! 🏝 2y
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Kalalalatja
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This book felt like a more mature and darker version of The Parent Trap. Cecíle, a 17 year old, selfish and spoiled girl lives a life full of glamour and parties with her widowed father. They both have love affairs, but when Cecíle‘s father starts getting serious with one woman, Cecíle sets out to ruin their engagement. It is tragic and sad, but so lyrical and beautifully written, I couldn‘t help but like it!

Abailliekaras What a beautiful cover! 2y
Dulcinella The author was only 18 when she wrote it. 2y
KarenUK I love this book.... 2y
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Kalalalatja
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@JenP already picked this for today's #RockinMay prompt, but I had to use it as well ? Cécile, the main character is just over the #edgeofseventeen and is sorely depressed about her father's new girl friend. Sagan was only 18 when the book was published, which is just mind blowing. I have heard so many good things about the book, and it is somewhere on my ever growing tbr list ?

Cinfhen I like your cover too! It's such an amazing feat to write a book so young and still be relevant today! (edited) 3y
JenP That is a cool cover! 3y
LeahBergen This is one I've been meaning to buy for ages! 3y
Kalalalatja It is so inspiring! @Cinfhen @JenP it is the cover from the Danish translation 👌 @LeahBergen Me too! Other books just keep getting in the way... 3y
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JenP
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#EdgeofSeventeen #rockinmay

The protagonist was seventeen and the author 18 when she wrote this.

rubyslippersreads ❤️ the cover! 3y
Cinfhen This sounds really good 😊 thanks for sharing ❤️ 3y
Kalalalatja That was going to be my pick as well! 😄 3y
JenP @Kalalalatja great minds 😁 3y
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katedensen
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I wanted to post about Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse for today's #RockInMay theme of #HomeByTheSea, but couldn't find my copy. So, here's an irreverent, vaguely existential French novella published in 1954 that largely takes place in a seaside town in France.

merelybookish Great cover! 3y
Cinfhen Both fitting choices and both books I have not read! 3y
katedensen @merelybookish Totally why I bought and read it. @Cinfhen I recommend both! 3y
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HotCocoaReads
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Pickpick

This was a short, well-written book about a 17-year-old girl who is dealing with her dad's relationships. It was a good book but I didn't really get too emotionally involved. Still, an authentic reflection of a French teenager.

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Tonton
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I didn't really see what the fuss was about back in junior high. I picked this up ( includes A Certain Smile) to re-read and appreciate it a bit more. Feeling languid and the ennui o n my balcony this sunny afternoon.

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HotCocoaReads
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My love of pleasure seems to be the only consistent side of my character. Is it because I have not read enough?

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squarepeginroundhole
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I realized that carelessness can govern our lives, but it does not provide us with any arguments in its defense.

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melissa.in.books
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First book bought in 2017. I have been looking for a copy of this book for months. I've looked for it in so many used bookstores in so many cities. Now here it is in my hands. I found it in a used bookstore in Toronto. I can't wait to read it!

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Ericareads44
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chlobee
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This constitutes about half of my foreign language book collection. All of these are in French, but I have others in Spanish and German as well. What can I say, I'm a language nerd 🤓

#notinenglish #seasonsreadings2016

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼💪🏼 3y
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sj_connor
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This stack could have easily been twice as big, I had to do some serious whittling. I tried to do #unforgettablewomen protagonists/ensembles, but the love interest from Written on the Body managed to sneak in there because I love her. #booktober

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Vickykc
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Pickpick

I read this not expecting much but it somehow grabbed me and pulled me into the story. A really masterful twist on a coming of age story, full of suspense, betrayal and emotion. Small but perfectly formed :) #france #french #shortbooks #awesome

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BookishClaire
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What's your favourite book translated from French? I've got a list up on Book Riot today!

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Emmeline
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A favorite dysfunctional family novel for #24in48 #readathon @Litsy @24in48

Vickykc Great picture :) I just finished this and loved it. 3y
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carstenodgaard
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katedensen
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It took me awhile to read this tiny, irreverent book because life got in the way. Definitely a great summer read. At times, I felt it was almost Lolita-esque, if Lolita were French and told from the titular character's perspective.

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katedensen
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Trying to finish this on my train ride upstate. This excerpt also proves that it's hard to find someone more manipulative than a teenage girl.

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Gyldendal
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Cécile er 17 og selvoptaget og på sommerferie ved den dampende Riviera med sin far. Her møder faderen en veninde fra fortiden - hvad der slet ikke huer henrivende Cécile. Hun lægger en plan for at skille de to ad - en plan, der får tragiske og uforudsete følger.

BornenesBoger Smuk ❤️ 3y
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katedensen
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"Cynicism always delighted me; gave me a delightful feeling of self-assurance and self-approbation."

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katedensen
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I fear the accuracy of this description has only become more true in the 50+ years since this book was first published.

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katedensen
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Dug this out of my omnipresent oversized bag to start reading on a particularly long subway ride and was smitten after this gorgeous first paragraph.

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jennicakes
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Pickpick

👍🏽

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