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La Vie Devant Soi (Collection Folio) (French Edition) (French) Paperback – March 16, 1982


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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Gallimard (March 16, 1982)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070373622
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070373628
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bookaddict on November 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this about ten years ago, when I asked friends to recommend the best books they'd read. It is the story of a young arab boy who was abandoned by his whore mother at his Jewish babysitter's, a retired prostitute herself who now cares for others' children, while they work or while they are on the run from the child welfare workers or in jail. The young protagonist is always told by the adults around him: " you have your whole life ahead of you" as if that is a wonderful thing. He looks at the old blind man who teaches him arab ways, the housebound old woman who cares for him, the transexual prostitute who lives next door... all the adults around him from whom life has stolen happiness, joy and health, and he considers the saying to be more a curse than a blessing. This book is a wonderful slice of life in the harder parts of post-war Paris, where he grows up, and discovers he does want to live life after all. Beautiful, haunting, and peopled with unforgettable characters. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "ochichornyje" on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I read it for the first time 12 years ago it left a deep impact on me. And now it doesn't stop touching me. This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It would be also interesting to know about the author,Roman Gary(also known as Emile Azar) I highly recommend this book and hope you have time to think about life, childhood and love... as the author said at the end of the book, "Il faut aimer".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George C. Stone III on January 21, 2010
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This is a wonderful book written from the point of view of an 8 year old, Momo, an arab orphan being taken care of by an old Jewish woman, Mme Rosa, a survivor of Auschewicz. It's about how they support and protect each other in the slums of Paris (he's the son of a prostitute and she's an ex-prostitute.) There's much more to this novel than this review can cover. One of the best books I've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc L on July 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Read this in French. The special thing about this book is the storyteller: the - supposedly - 10-year old Momo, living in Paris, son of a prostitute, but now living with Mme Rosa, on the sixth floor in a very multicultural district of Paris, in the seventies. Mme Rosa too is a former prostitute, of jewish descent (survived Auschwitz).
Momo describes the very difficult situation of the ageing Rosa, his love and care for her, his conversations with arabs and africans in the neighbourhood. Gary does this in a very elaborate way, so that halfway in the book, there's a lack of suspense.
But then Rosa gets sick, her situation is told by Momo in very distressing way. The outcome is dramatic and hilarious at the same time.
This is not the best book by Gary (he wrote it under an alias to avoid stereotypical reviews), but is certainly is a Multi-layered, heartrendering story about aging in a modern city and the innocence of youth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pinouille on May 15, 2012
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Sometimes this book makes me laugh out loud. MoMo has such great insight into the human condition and the story is populated by the most wonderful characters. I have fallen for Mme. Rosa and her friends, despite her whining and physical characteristics (thanks to MoMo's unconditional love and appreciation).... I love the insight into the Arab and Jewish condition, les symphathique marginaux, their Belleville neighborhood, the proxénètes, ideas about the medical establishment, aging, death, and the hereafter.... Highly recommended!!!
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