June 8, 1986
Francoise Sagan's female fans may have trouble identifying with this story told by a male of 60, writing of a woman he loved and lost 30 years before. There is too little dialogue in the book for the object of his unrequited passion or any of the other key characters to reveal themselves. So we are left with the narrator's gushy prose, forgivable perhaps because of the setting (French country estates), the romantic era (1830) and his own sentimental character.
August 5, 1988 |
*** 1/2 "Bonjour Tristesse." RCA/Columbia. $69.95. 1958. Though a failure in America--where its mix of French, British and Iowa accents grated on sophisticated audiences--this adaptation of then-teen-ager Francoise Sagan's novel is the cornerstone of director Otto Preminger's French reputation.
November 19, 1995 |
A FLEETING SORROW by Francoise Sagan. (Arcade: $19.95; 192 pp.) You know, almost from the beginning of this hysterical, histrionic, supremely French novel what will happen when Paul Cazavel, a robust, smug, peak-of-life architect and womanizer, is told by his replacement doctor (a man who strongly resembles a hamster in empathy and build) that he has six months to live.