Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

Thanks to Yann Martel's enthusiasm in What Is Stephen Harper Reading, I finally got around to this classic, written when Francoise Sagan was still in her teens. It's about 17-year-old Cecile and her widowed father, who spend a summer in St. Tropez. Cecile falls in love with a local boy and her father has two different romantic interests. Cecile's meddling in her father's affairs has unintended consequences.

I listened to an unabridged audio version, read in French by Sara Giraudeau. It is only about 3 and a half hours long. I loved Giraudeau's voice and the story was great. It evoked lazy, hot days in the south of France, the characters came to life and the language itself was beautiful. What more do you need?

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