intense sensations

Sad but beautiful

Posted on: July 19, 2011

Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile (Penguin Modern Classics)Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

These two novellas are nice and short. They are very beautifully written. You might not like the narrator but she knows what she’s about. Bonjour Tristesse is deservedly very famous but its immediate impact on French society was because of its immorality. Actually I think the book has depth. The introduction to this edition by Rachel Cusk is very illuminating and sensitive. But, I don’t know, I think there is still more to this book than Rachel Cusk allows. It has a certain sensual quality that makes it really live in your imagination. It’s not just a story. You are there in the narrator’s world. That’s why I give it 5 stars.

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