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Bonjour Tristesse (Essential Penguin)
by Francoise Sagan | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Danielle23 of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by angela861): reserved


12 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

8 out of 10

'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 compelleds to take a hand in his amours, with tragic consequences.'


I loved this little book, although really short and light and easy to read and a great translation, it did deal with quite a heavy subject. The ending is shocking too, at least I didn't see it coming, but I felt it was brushed under the carpet too quickly and dealt with very lightly. I really liked that character of Cecile, she gave the impression of a very strong independent female but with a hugely likeable vulnerable side. Some of her decisions I did not agree with but I did have quite a lot of sympathy for her.

Now heading off on a 1001-Bookray. The usual rules apply and I hope everyone enjoys the book.
UnwrittenLibra Israel (Intl)
peggypostcard Aus (Intl)
Jujuks Portugal (Intl)
hakkalina Hungary (Intl)
EmgeeNL Netherlands (EU)
Kingfan30 UK (UK/EU)
Fluffy-Owl UK (UK/EU)
BokOrm09 UK (UK/EU)
mafarrimond UK (Intl)
krl112 US (US)
ChiBoiler US (Intl) 


Journal Entry 2 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, September 21, 2009

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Off to Israel and UnwrittenLibra to begin the Bookray. Thank you all for joining and I hope you all enjoy the book and let me know your thoughts xx 


Journal Entry 3 by UnwrittenLibra from Madison, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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Book arrived in Jerusalem today...only 9 days to get from the UK to Israel! Thanks, Danielle :) 


Journal Entry 4 by UnwrittenLibra from Madison, Wisconsin USA on Friday, October 23, 2009

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Finished and sent off to Australia via the Jerusalem-Emek Refaim post office! Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 5 by peggypostcard from Glen Iris, Victoria Australia on Monday, November 02, 2009

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The book arrived today - thanks for sending it, UnwrittenLibra. I'm going to start reading tonight! 


Journal Entry 6 by peggypostcard at Petersham, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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I enjoyed this novella - I liked the candid, contradictory nature of the character Cecile and the complex relationship she has with Anne. It reminded me a lot of novels by Simone De Beauvoir with more frivolity and less angst - maybe that's the Frenchness one of the reviews on the cover was talking about. Short but satisfying.

I posted the book on to Jujuks in Portugal today. It is going by airmail so shouldn't take too long to arrive. 


Journal Entry 7 by Jujuks on Saturday, November 21, 2009

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This book arrived yesterday. Thanks for sending it peggypostcard, and thanks for the note too! I'll start reading it soon. 


Journal Entry 8 by Jujuks on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book. Cecile is a very likeable character, her flaws making her more so. Although some of her decisions seemed wrong I did understand her intentions, as I think she was only trying to keep her freedom.

I'll send this book out to hakkalina on Monday. 


Journal Entry 9 by Jujuks at Budapest, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Hungary on Monday, December 07, 2009

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Sent to hakkalina. 


Journal Entry 10 by hakkalina from Budapest, Pest Hungary on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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I got it, I got it!! :)) It arrived safely with today post.
Thanks Jujuks. :)

Update: 2010.01.06.
I have almost finished it. I have already had the next reader's addy. I am going to send it on 12th of January.

Update: 2010.01.12.
To save the memory of this (beautiful) day...
I had to walk 40 minutes by the time I arrived at my office. The Local Transportation Company came out on strike today, so the buses and trams are not on the road. Many cars are on the streets which cause traffic jams in the city. I saw only one tram on my way along which was crowd with people. In the afternoon another long walking journey will wait for me... 


Journal Entry 11 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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The little book is flying to the Netherlands. Thanks so much to include me this ray. :) 


Journal Entry 12 by EmgeeNL from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, January 22, 2010

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The book arrived. It's on my tbr for now. 


Journal Entry 13 by EmgeeNL from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, February 18, 2010

7 out of 10

It was quite a little well written read. I found the main caracter quite selfish and coudn't really sympathize with her and the end was a bit to sudden for me. The book deals mostly with how it let to te event and than doesn't show really how people deal with the event after it happened. 


Journal Entry 14 by EmgeeNL at controlled release, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 19, 2010

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The book is on it's way to the next reader 


Journal Entry 15 by kingfan30 on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

7 out of 10

book has arrived safe and sound, I have had a few rings/rays turn up over the last week so will get to this as soon as I can. The cover seems very familiar, not sure if I have read it before but a long time ago, or if it is tucked away at the back of a cupboard somewhere!

16 April 10 - I enjoyed this book very much, and think I have read although quite some time ago and did not remember the story line at all. I felt if showed the emotions a daughter (or son for that matter) feels when a parent meets someone new and wants to bring them into the family permanently, although I did not agree with her actions, I could imagine that is exactly how a young girl would have thought it would help. Like other readers I also felt the ending seemed rushed. I have the address of the next person so will pop it in the post on Monday, thanks for sharing the book. 


Journal Entry 16 by kingfan30 at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, April 19, 2010

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On its way to fluffy-owl 


Journal Entry 17 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Received today, thank you! 


Journal Entry 18 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, May 16, 2010

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I really enjoyed this. I read it in bed in one sitting with a cup of tea, perfect start to a Sunday! It's a good story, well written, and I liked the ending.

Will post off when I have an address.

27.5.10 - sent another PM requesting address. If haven't heard anything after the bank holiday will ask the next person. 


Journal Entry 19 by Fluffy-Owl at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, June 07, 2010

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After many problems with PMs, this book is finally on its way to the next in line. Sorry for the delay, this new site is causing problems! 


Journal Entry 20 by BokOrm09 at Chelsfield, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, June 11, 2010

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Arrived safely in this morning's post. Thanks to Fluffy-Owl for her patience while I was trying to deal with PM problems. Have already started reading the book and will PM the next person on the list, so I can get this one moving as soon as I finish. 


Journal Entry 21 by BokOrm09 at Chelsfield, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, June 14, 2010

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Found this book a very short but enjoyable read. In some ways a bit of a morality tale, but you do wonder whether Cecile, for all her sadness has grown as a result of her experiences. Won't say anymore as it may spoil the book for future readers.

Posted this on to the next reader as I already had her details from a previous ring. I hope you enjoy the book and happy onward travels. Thanks so much to Danielle for organising the ring and to Fluffy for her patience. 


Journal Entry 22 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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The book has arrived safely. I have a few to read first but will get round to it as soon as I am able. 


Journal Entry 23 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, July 12, 2010

8 out of 10

A quick and enjoyable read. The storyline was in the main predictable with a little twist to the ending.  


Journal Entry 24 by mafarrimond at USA, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Posted to ChiBoiler. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 25 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Friday, July 23, 2010

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received this in the mail. Looking forward to this tiny book. Thanks for passing it on! 


Journal Entry 26 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Thanks for including me in this ray. This was a short quick read - perfect for a summer day. For some reason, I don't have a lot to say about it.

I am at the end of the ray and will pass this book on to another reader of the 1001 books this weekend at the Chicago Air & Water show. I will make sure it continues it's travels! 


Journal Entry 27 by angela861 at Chicago, Illinois USA on Monday, August 16, 2010

8 out of 10

ChiBoiler let me read this one today while we watched the Air & Water show. Very quick read. The only person I actually liked in the story was Cyril. He seemed to be the only one without a motive. I did like the tone and writing. I'll have to try something else by this author.

I left this book in ChiBoiler's possession. She will be passing it on to another BC member. 




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