May 152014

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Picture by Kate Stewart
Artist: Kate Stewart


Before you read on, listen to Eva Cassidy singing ‘Autumn Leaves’. Put it on continuous play while you pour a whisky. Then open the novel ‘Bonjour tristesse’ by Francoise Sagan. Page 1.   A strange melancholy pervades me which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sadness. Wish I could come up with an opening line for ‘Melanie Alone’ as fab as that.

Because autumn is about dying. Because my novel has failed to be born. Because life’s a bitch. Because…

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  7 responses to “Page 1”

  1. Good luck with this new story Suki. It starts so sadly. Is life really “a bitch”? You have had many successes.
    Bel xx

  2. Get ’em Tiger …

  3. I love your taste in music!!! 🙂

  4. Really shouldn’t have used the smiley face!!! Hmmmmm…

  5. Thanks Linda. No – Eva Cassidy singing ‘Autumn Leaves’ doesn’t exactly elicit a smile, does it.
    It is gratifying though that somebody actually followed my instruction to play ‘Autumn Leaves’ while reading the post – thanks for getting into the spirit of the thing!

  6. Just read this now – a year too late. But Bonjour Tristesse I read over 20 years ago. Still with me now… Your words always speak to me anyway girl…