*Please Note: This reading group is meeting a week earlier than usual. Usually, The Literary Odyssey reading group meets the last Wednesday of the month.*
Our August fiction reading group choice is ‘Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile’ by Françoise Sagan. ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ is about a young woman’s tumultuous summer when her father decides to marry his mistress – with devastating consequences. In ‘A Certain Smile,’ a woman bored with her lover begins a relationship with an older man that unravels in unexpected and disturbing ways.
‘These two novels, so spare and rigorous, so artistically correct, so thorough in their psychological realism, are the highest expression of the triangular purity of their author’s strange and beautiful esthétique.‘ – Rachel Cusk in the introduction to ‘Bonjour Tristesse’
The Literary Odyssey reading group is all about discovering new, translated fiction from writers from all over the world. If you’re a fan of great literary fiction please come along – we always welcome new faces and opinions!