“I didn’t think it was my kind of a book. A good bit of family drama, an annoying and spoiled teenager with too much time on her hands. I thought it was going to be a struggle. It wasn’t. I was pleasantly surprised by the engaging tone of the novel and its universality. You’ll be too.” Marta
‘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 Cecile, 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 Cecile 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 Cecile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.