FRANÇOISE SAGAN, BONJOUR TRISTESSE
John Murray, London 1955.
First edition. Jacket Design by F. Quilter.
Raymond is the typical middle-aged “Don Juan” and as a result sees no problem in inviting not one but two women on holiday with him and his 17-year old daughter, Cécile. When Raymond announces he plans to marry one of his mistresses, Cécile is extremely concerned and conspires to interfere with her father’s plan. It is an intense, provocative and typically French introspective piece of work, written when the author, Françoise Sagan, was herself only 19. Her descriptive writing is extremely effective in transporting the reader to the glorious summer sunshine of southern France. However, true to the title, there are some sad parts, but nothing unnecessary to the plot.