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Book of My Mother

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"One of the most beautiful love stories ever written."—Paris Match

Shortly after Albert Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis, he received news of his mother's death in Marseille. Unable to mourn her, he expressed his grief in a series of moving pieces for La France libre, which later grew into Book of My Mother. Achingly honest, intimate, moving, it is a tribute
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Archipelago Books (first published 1954)
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Safae
Jun 25, 2011 Safae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100, books-i-own, french
C'est le premier livre en français que je lit depuis longtemps . un chef d'oeuvre un livre fascinant , triste et entretenant ,la mère de l'auteur rassemble ma mère très effectivement ce qui as rendue cette lecture plutôt plus dramatique , j'ai pleuré dans plusieurs passage dans ce livre par ce qu'il est très touchant , Albert Cohen s'est transformé en un de mes écrivains favoris.
l'auteur dans cette livre nous raconte la vie et la mort de sa mère , il nous raconte ses joies et ses malheurs , cett
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
You read a book like this and you can't help but see Uncle Albert talking to you in his solitude, baring his soul, letting you and free writing in such a way as to heal his soul. He evidently enjoys here what he is sharing and he is writing for himself, as all the best writing really should be. He is not trying to impress you or charm you by appearing so happy because life is not always going to be happy. So please don't be put of by his sadness or accuse him of being too depressed because this ...more
Darryl
Apr 25, 2012 Darryl rated it really liked it
Albert Cohen (1895-1981) was an author and civil servant, whose Greek Jewish parents emigrated to Marseilles soon after his birth. He worked in Geneva through the 1930s, where his mother visited him regularly. He emigrated to Bordeaux and then London in 1940 during the German occupation of France. He urged his elderly and widowed mother, who was in failing health, to move with him to London, but she preferred to remain in Marseilles. Cohen was grief stricken once he learned of her death in 1943. ...more
Selim Bekar
Apr 04, 2013 Selim Bekar rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read in my life. The English version is really good (Not as good as the French one though) Every time I read it, once or twice a year usually, I shed tears. Cohen’s description of losing your mom is completely true and the words he is using are just as true as the feelings he is expressing. You can feel the pain (but also enjoy the joyful moments they (Cohen and his mom) spent together) the book is also really interesting from a historical stand point. It’s a must read ...more
Rajiv Chopra
Sep 26, 2013 Rajiv Chopra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: To any son
Recommended to Rajiv by: My friend
Shelves: biography
This is a really nice, and very sentimental book. It reads like a series of writings rather than as one continuous 'novel'. The writing is beautiful, simple and expresses the emotions beautifully.
From what I can make out, there is no attempt to craft this as a literary work. It is a simple outpouring of emotion, love felt, and regret expressed. I am not used to expressing my sentiments and emotions, and there are times when the book seems a tad mawkish to me, and Albert kicks himself a bit too m
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Imane
Sep 25, 2015 Imane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Très émouvant, ce livre m'a accompagné durant mes longs trajets quotidiens pour deux jours.. Je ne saurais parfaitement exprimer ce qu'il a évoqué en moi, mais une chose est sure, il vous fera certainement changer la manière avec laquelle vous vous comportez avec votre mère (ou toute personne chère en général) tant qu'elle est vivante.
Camille
A tous ceux qui trouvent Belle du Seigneur trop indigeste, je conseille de commencer par Le Livre de ma mère. On y trouve déjà le style caractéristique d'Albert Cohen, riche et exubérant, parfois un peu fou, et toujours très émouvant, surtout dans ce récit où il est question de l'amour d'un fils pour sa mère maintenant morte, et de son ingratitude qui ne lui a pas permis de profiter pleinement du temps qu'ils ont eu ensemble. Une belle leçon de vie qui nous invite à ne rien considérer comme acqu ...more
Joelle
Jul 01, 2012 Joelle rated it it was amazing
One of my all times favorites. This is an ode to all mothers. It's a sad book but not a depressing one. Descriptions are lenghty and extremily detailed but they all feel right, you feel they are necessary. You enjoy them. The wording is simple and innocent but still impressive and touching.
Jantine Kampes
Ik vond dit boek op de ramsj-tafel van de boekenwinkel. Als hij de originele prijs was geweest had ik me bekocht gevoeld, maar nu merk ik dat ik toch blij ben dat ik dit boek aan mijn lees-ervaring toe kan voegen. Het boek is pompeus geschreven, en door het hele boek kan ik een hekel aan de hoofdpersoon niet onderdrukken. Walchelijk hoe hij met zijn moeder omgaat, en zijn 'oude ik' vooral verdrietig is omdat hij nu haar idolatie moet missen. Gelukkig schemert ook door dat hij beseft hoeveel pijn ...more
Emeline
Interesting and original for the first half but I should have taken the very first page as a warning`the second half is slow ,painful and totally pathetic. You'll have trouble flipping the pages . It's moving ,yet exhausting. ...more
Adrienne
Sep 29, 2015 Adrienne rated it did not like it
Peu intéressant. Le côté "souvenirs-sentimentalisme" est assez mignon, mais gâché par les effets de style de l'auteur, ses quinze mille répétitions genre écriture automatique, mais c'est trop, ça fait forcé et pas du tout authentique. Et le personnage de la mère m'inspire de la pitié plus qu'autre chose, c'est vraiment l'exemple typique de la mère/épouse/esclave qui est enfermée dans cette position de femme soumise à cause de ce que sa religion (quelle différence entre celle-ci ou une autre ...) ...more
Sanhita
Sep 16, 2013 Sanhita rated it liked it
This was written as a series by the author. Naturally there are quite a bit of repetition and dramatic in places. Though at times I had to turn the pages without going through it line by line, what comes through is his love for his mother.
This book made me think about my mother, with whom I do get opportunity to spend time and I realised that it is true that one does not understand what a precious little thing she is, many a times!
As I am growing older, I re-live the times spent with her and t
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Nippon
Apr 09, 2015 Nippon rated it did not like it
E' un libro troppo triste, non lo consiglierei a nessuno. Non mi sembra che Cohen crei una gran bella descrizione di sua madre, anzi...Il libro sembra un grido senza né capo né coda. Se davvero qualcuno pensasse ciò che è scritto in questo testo, le dovrebbe scrivere, ma poi tenerle per sé.
Cmorice
Jul 21, 2013 Cmorice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Peu de livres ont connu un succès aussi constant que Le livre de ma mère. Ce livre bouleversant est l'évocation d'une femme à la fois "quotidienne" et sublime, une mère, aujourd'hui morte, qui n'a vécu que pour son fils et par son fils. Ce livre d'un fils est aussi le livre de tous les fils. Chacun de nous y reconnaîtra sa propre mère, sainte sentinelle, courage et bonté, chaleur et regard d'amour. Et tout fils pleurant sa mère disparue y retrouvera les reproches qu'il s'adresse à lui-même lorsq ...more
Tensy Gesteira estevez
Una pequeña joya que nos enseña el valor de una madre. A veces no le damos la importancia que se mereciera, algo de lo que Albert Cohen es muy consciente. Sin duda es lectura obligada, no te quedas como antes, algo se remueve dentro de ti.
Biondy
Book of My Mother is a book from a neglectful son to his mother. The son, who didn't really think much of his mother, sudenly feel lost and empty after his mother's dead. This book is a compilation of Albert Cohen's contemplations of his late mother.

I love Albert's choice of language or it was Bella Cohen's translation to be exact. It was beautiful and strong. Showing a deep regret of a son who didn't spend enough time and energy to love his mother when she was alive.

This is a perfect book for e
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Hermien
Een beetje te "bloemerig" geschreven voor mij,maar de moeder komt er erg sympathiek uit te voorschijn. Het levensverhaal van de moeder zelf zou misschien interessanter geweest zijn dan de schrijver's spijt betuigingen.
Noemie .
Jan 25, 2016 Noemie . rated it it was ok
Very sad book. It was touching. This book is an ode to all mothers in the world. But in my opinion the book was too repetitive.
Murat
Sep 24, 2015 Murat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malgré le fait que l'auteur répéte souvent ce qu'il a déjà dit,il exprime ses sentiments d'une façon touchante.Il réussit à révéiller nos sentiments qui s'endorment peut-être et il nous encourage bien pour être de bons filles et fils pour nos mères qui méritent tous nos respects.
La langue du livre n'est pas difficile à comprendre ,il vous apprend beaucoup de vocabulaire si votre français ne vient pas de votre naissance.
Frank Murphy
Mar 03, 2014 Frank Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Lo recomiendo mucho
Zei
Mar 01, 2014 Zei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
L'amour d'une mère est-il éternel?
L'auteur évoque ses souvenirs, l'image attendrissante imprégnée de pathétique d'une mère dévouée jusqu'à l'adoration, prête à tout pour un fils ingrat abusant de cet amour qu'il croyait immortel...
Ce n'est qu'après la disparition de cet ange gardien timide, soucieux de ne pas encombrer et si naïf, qu'Albert, vieillissant et réalisant le poids de sa perte, que vient le temps des regrets inutiles mais combien touchants.
Mae
Jul 05, 2011 Mae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-francais
An extremely well written book, with an interesting perspective. A filial love letter, with some very creative moments. However, I found it strange. It is strange that a grown man would speak about his mother the way he did. I mean, I understand that your mother can be one of the greatest loves of your life, but it was a bit to Oedipal for me. At times even somewhat disturbing. I am glad I read it, but would never read it again, I actually gave the book away.
Fantine
Sep 18, 2015 Fantine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vibrant hommage à sa mère, je suis d'accord, mais le livre en lui-même n'a pas grand intérêt. Il n'y pas d'histoire, juste de simples souvenirs balancés au fur et à mesure du bouquin de façon un peu fouillie. Je ne peux en revanche rien dire en rapport à l'écriture, que j'ai trouvé un peu dépassée, mais très poétique (surtout en sachant que l'auteur n'a appris le français que lors de son enfance)...
Marie Vieren
C'est un roman autobiographique classique : hommage à la mère de l'auteur.
BHodges
Apr 15, 2013 BHodges rated it liked it
Cohen writes: "I shall not have written in vain if one of you, after reading my hymn of death, is one evening gentler with his mother because of me and my mother." This book was moving, if repetitive.
Maty
May 09, 2007 Maty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. It made me cry it is so beautiful. Albert Cohen tells us of the life of his mother who passed away. Buy boxes of tissue
Matías Candeira
Un libro que te da ganas de correr de nuevo a casa de tu madre, y besarla, y que te pregunte qué demonios te pasa, y no dejarla ir. Bellísimo.
Delphine Chotteau
Dec 31, 2014 Delphine Chotteau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai jamais embarqué pas comme dirait quelqu'un que j'aime beaucoup. Honte à moi!! Hahahha!!
Gita Madhu
Apr 06, 2015 Gita Madhu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A most peculiar book drenched in morose wallowing.
Anubhav
Apr 20, 2012 Anubhav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone is looking for reasons to learn French, this is book is one of them.
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Born Abraham Albert Cohen in Corfu, Greece, in 1895, as part of an important Sephardic Jewish community on the island. Albert’s parents, who owned a soap factory, moved to Marseille, France when he was a child. Albert Cohen discusses this period in his novel Le livre de ma mère (The Book of my Mother). He studie
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“Dans les rues, je suis l'obsédé de ma morte, mornement regardant tous ces agités qui ne savent pas qu'ils vont mourir et que le bois de leur cercueil existe déjà dans une scierie ou dans une forêt, vaguement regardant ces jeunes et fardés futurs cadavres femelles qui rient avec leurs dents, annonce et commencement de leur squelette, qui montrent leurs trente-deux petits bouts de squelette et qui s'esclaffent comme s'ils ne devaient jamais mourir.” 4 likes
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