Sagan’s “Bonjour Tristesse”

FRANCOISE SAGAN, EIGHTEEN when she wrote Bonjour Tristesse in 1954, comes in at number 73 in a countdown of great teenagers. The book was a best-seller in the U.S. and France, and launched a fine literary career for the French author. Writing 20 years after Bonjour Tristesse’s publication, U.S. author John Updike praised the novel’s “sparkling sea and secluding woods, its animal quickness, its academically efficient plot.”

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