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«Personne n'aurait pu dire d'où venait Mondo. Il était arrivé un jour, par hasard, ici dans notre ville, sans qu'on s'en aperçoive, et puis on s'était habitué à lui. C'était un garçon d'une dizaine d'années, avec un visage tout rond et tranquille, et de beaux yeux noirs un peu obliques. Mais c'était surtout ses cheveux qu'on remarquait, des cheveux brun cendré qui changeai ...more
Paperback, Folio, 310 pages
Published March 1st 1982 by Editions Gallimard
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Aliaa
أعتقد انه من النادر أن أصادق كتاباً لكنه حدث .. منذ القصة الاولي و التي يحمل الكتاب عنوانها و أنا اسير في رحلة يزيد فيها الرفاق مع كل خطوة .. عالم رائع مليء بسحر نادر الحدوث .. سحر يقبع في عيوننا وقلوبنا و عقولنا و أرواحنا التي يبدوا في بعض الأحايين أننا نسيناها في عبورنا لهذا العالم .. في هذا الكتاب يكشف لوكيزو رهافة القشور التي أحطنا بها أنفسنا في عالم زائف ليرينا عالم آخر أكثر سحرا و أعمق علما عالم يراه من لا يملك إلا قلبه و روحه .. و يغلفنا الكاتب في سحره الرائع الذي يلف خمس قصص رائعه حزينه ...more
Francis Bruynseels
Extraordinary that a mainstream book by a Nobel winning author could have so few readers. The Nobel is awarded for 'positive' writing and you can see that this book ticks all the boxes.

There are three baleful influences on the character of Mondo - the little prince, the hippy/new age movement and the noble savage (Rousseau). Mondo has no character defects (unlike normal small boys), loves contemplating stones, flowers, the sky, you name it and loves posing charming, naive questions.

This book is
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Tuck
Much better book for beginners than "The Round". All the stories deal with the world through the eyes/lives of children. Most, sure, turn out bad, but it is also a fascinating lesson in the hopefulness of children, the ridiculous and destructive nature of adults, and how one "progresses" from beauty to putridnes.
Chloe Rattray
SO GOOD. So, so good. The best, even.
Nathan Long
Do you remember how everyone and their mom read Life of Pi a couple of years ago? After everyone told me that I simply had to read it,and after it won the Man Booker prize, I gave it a shot. I didn't enjoy it at all. In fact, I started telling everyone that I hated it, and I got told again and again that I just "didn't get it". People would take this high and mighty tone and explain to me why I was a failure for not finding the answers to all the mysteries of the universe in it. I'm still prett ...more
Torie
I saw the film version of the title story when I was a teenager and I remember thinking that it was like a less depressing "Vagabond" (Agnes Varda). Most of the stories in this book appealed to my deep and lifelong affinity for stories about runaway children. Some of them were more engaging and beautiful than others.
Czarny Pies
This is a book of dreamlike stories dealing with children who arrive from nowhere in a city and then float about ethereally possibly hoping to put down roots. LeClezio creates an unearthly and charming atmosphere but his point is vaporous.
Ana
Le livre comprend des petites histoires qui ont des enfants pour protagonistes. Franchement, je ne me souviens plus ce qui se passe dans chacune, premièrement parce que je les ai trouvées si peau mémorables, mais aussi parce que j’ai mis beaucoup de temps á finir le livre. Le langage utilisé est très particulière, comme s’il était écrit pour et par des enfants, la choix des mots est simple, les phrases sont courtes et parfois répétitives et il y a beaucoup de descriptions de l’environnement avec ...more
Mazel
prix nobel de littérature 2008.
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Les contes de Le Clézio, qui semblent nés du rêve et du recueillement, nous parlent pourtant de notre époque.

Venu d'ailleurs, Mondo le petit garçon qui passe, Lullaby la voyageuse, Jon, Juba le sage, Daniel Sindbad qui n'a jamais vu la mer, Alia, Petite Croix, et tant d'autres, nous sont délégués comme autant d'enfants-fées.

Ils nous guident.

Ils nous forcent à traverser les tristes opacités d'un univers où l'espoir se meurt.

Ils nous fascinent par leur volonté t
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Sami777
La inocencia de la niñez y la realidad se mezclan de manera conmovedora en este libro
Lena Valerio
Reflète la vie ordinaire avec une touche de gaieté. C'est la vie de tous les jours à partir de la perspective des enfants, ce qui rend tout belle, drôle, fantastique et irréel. Comme nous passons les histoires, nous voyons que les désirs meurent lentement.
Gerardo
Le Clézio nos presenta 8 cuentos, fantasiosos sobre la vida cotidiana. Refleja la vida común y corriente con un toque jovial. Es la vida cotidiana vista desde la perspectiva de los niños, lo que hace que todo parezca bello, divertido, fantasioso e irreal. A medida que transcurren los cuentos, se observa que los deseos mueren poco a poco.

Es un texto tranquilo, fácil de leer. El libro más vendido de este autor, con más de 1 millón de copias.

thegift
in retrospect after reading short-stories in Fever, I decide that I should note the stories found that are very good, so they might be found in other collections. the one here, my definite favourite, is Daniel who has never seen the sea. in this story, Le Clezio captures for me the beauty, the desire, the pure emotions of the growing boy, and this is what matters, nothing else, nothing more.
Michael
They were ok. Mostly just not my thing, pretty New Age-y. This isn't necessarily bad in and of itself, but most of the stories didn't really gel for me, and their sentiment seemed a little forced (that could be a result of the translation, though.) However, the ones that did work, especially the title story, were great, and I'll still probably check out some of the writer's other works.
Basim Nightbird

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و لم أستطع إكمال باقي القصص
خراء
Colin Hogan
I read these because I really enjoyed the last short story collection I read of Le Clezio's, but I don't know what it was this time. There were too many stories about the same theme over and over, and I got really tired really quickly. Whereas his other book was more honest and chilling, this sometimes came off as corny and too new-age. Not for me.
A.
Los pequeños protagonistas de estas historias son "ellos y sus circunstancias" sin embargo enfrentan cada día con la mirada ingenua, optimista y rebelde de los niños.

Varias historias. Mondo y su forma de ver el mundo. Mondo y el mar. Una escritura pausada, bella y mística. Una voz para escuchar.
Katrinka
It was alright; in spite of different settings and plots, all of the stories seemed to be telling the same tale. (Maybe that was the purpose of the project, though.) "The Mountain of the Living God" was fantastic-- but other than that, I wasn't terribly moved.
Mahmoud Tawheed
لوكليزيو له مدرسة خاصة فى الكتابة ، يسهب فى الوصف و التفاصيل ، كما أن أسلوبه لايخلو من لغة شاعرية . المجموعة تتطلب قارىء نفسه طويل
Terry
Stories of children on the borderlines: lost children, homeless children, poor children.
Brad
These are the types I stories I hope to read to my children one day.
Meadow
I am technically reading the English translation.
Susan
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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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“La nuit, tout sent bon", disait Mondo.
"C'est parce qu'on ne voit pas", disait Thi Chin.
"on sent mieux, et on entend mieux quand on ne voit pas".”
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“Most people don't know how to ask the right questions. Mondo knew how to ask questions, just at the right time, when you weren't expecting it. People paused for a few seconds, they stopped thinking about themselves and their own business, they thought, and their eyes seemed to blur, because they remembered asking those questions themselves, long ago.” 2 likes
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