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Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Émile Ajar)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Le lecteur actuel de "La vie devant soi" lit ce roman comme une oeuvre de Romain Gary dont le pseudonyme, Émile Ajar, se trouve seulement indiqué entre parenthèses sur la couverture. Il peut donc se poser les véritables questions sur la valeur littéraire du roman ainsi que sur ses significations, et envisager sereinement l'ensemble Gary-Ajar.
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published 2005 by Gallimard
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Øle
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've always said it and I'll say it again: READ THE BOOK IN ITS ORIGINAL LANGUAGE. I know that not everyone can afford such a luxury and the majority reads only in one language. However, following many personal experiences, I noticed that reading the translated version almost always spoils the whole experience.

I really enjoyed reading this. Even though this may be not one of my favorite books, I have learned to appreciate good writing. This book made Romain Gary the only writer in the history to
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Cris
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the most read book in France in the 20th century.
It has a really interesting story behind it, Gary published it under a pseudonym and won the Goncourt , which no one can win twice by the Goncourt rules, but he did!! Also he got the last laugh on the French literary press that discounted him as a has been while they adored the work of Ajar, his pseudonym!
I liked this book. It is tender and the 10 year old p.o.v is very well developed. The character or Madam Rosa is a classic and Momo i
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Anna K.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
For French class but it's really well written, wish I could've taken my time with it though :/ ...more
Tatiana Delendik
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Je suis beaucoup touchée! C'est une tragique histoire d'amour vue par les yeux d'un enfant qui raconte d'une manière toute simple et parfois naive, mais de l'autre coté très profonde et pleine de réflexions mures et dignes d'adulte.

Je ne pourrais pas faire mieux que lui, notre petit Momo:)
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Lucie
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Merci Romain Gary,
Merci Emile Ajar,
Merci pour l'enfance
Merci pour les mots, les jeux d'amour et de langage
Merci pour l'insouciance retrouvée
Merci pour les larmes au bord des yeux
Merci pour la gentillesse
Merci pour la naïveté
Ce livre est un poème à l'enfance
Ce livre est un baume
Une tendresse
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Eva K
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Immense coup de coeur!
S.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Une histoire touchante qui ne laisse pas indifférent. Ce récit nous fait connaître une histoire d'amour atypique dans le contexte de la face cachée de Paris et ses habitants, dans les années 70. C'est un récit de personnes qui persistent à vivre malgré leur pauvreté, qui voient en la vie un élément mesquin et sombre, fruit de mille souffrances et malheurs, et pourtant, il y a toujours la petite étincelle qui fait aller de l'avant. Dans ce milieu si particulier il peut cependant y apparaître une ...more
Thibaut Bazatolle
Jan 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Je ne comprends pas l'engouement autour de ce livre. L'écriture est poussive et il faut réellement s'accrocher pour le lire, en particulier a cause du style (voulu, je l'ai bien compris) Du narrateur principal qui parle un français approximatif ...more
Marian Leica
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My heart and soul.
Dalita Abou
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tres beau livre et excellant écrivain
Katelyn Potter
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A punch in the gut, heart wrenching account. Best book I've read in 2018. ...more
Justme
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
"The life before us" is a book that is narrated by Momo (Mohammad), a ten-year-old Arab immigrant to France. Momo lives in an orphanage run by ex-prostitute Madame Rosa.
At first sight, I was kind of excited to read this book; It seemed to be engaging and philosophic which is something that I like a lot with books but then... I read it.
As I continued to flip through the pages, I became more confused. There was no actual plot to the book. I wanted something to happen but it just never did. It fel
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Aayla
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french, 2014
The important question in this book: can we live without love/someone to love? (The answer: no)

At first, this story seemed funny to me, because it's told from the POV of a 10-year-old who lives in a sort of orphanage for children of prostitutes. He doesn't go to school, and he has a unique way of looking at things in life, so the narration was amusing to me.

As the story went on, however, the narration style didn't really change but the tone did, and the reader is forced to think about things lik
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Trina
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this novel in English, called The Life Before Us, but the Goodreads English edition is called Momo. It's a novella-sized story of a young Muslim boy, son of a prostitute, brought up by an old Jewish former prostitute named Madame Rosa, who takes in other prostitutes' children to support herself and them. (A 1977 french film called Madame Rosa starred Simone Signoret.) It's a coming-of-age time for Momo in the multicultural suburb of Paris called Belleville. But he never abandons Mme Rosa ...more
Bradley
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read an English translation of this book. Perhaps I had overly high expectations for this book as it was a good friend's favorite book of all time. I was just never really drawn into this book. The 1st person voice just didn't really seem fully believable to me. Perhaps the problem was the translation. ...more
Ingrid
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Une véritable leçon d’amour. Après avoir lu le livre, j’ai voulu voir le film (Simone Signoret) dans le désir de retrouver une fois de plus les sensations éprouvées lors de la lecture de cette histoire merveilleuse, mais comme d’habitude j’en ai été déçue. C’est rare qu’un filme réussise à surprendre l’âme d’un livre.
Sally Constantin
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wish I had read this in French. Amazing how relevant this book still is given the events in Paris jan 2015.
Bénédicte Gambirasio
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Un de mes favoris. De grands moments entre rire et larmes.
Chee Chee
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Very original. I kept waiting to fall in love with the characters, but I just never did. Would love to be able to read it in French, see what is lost in translation.
Jkk
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books i've ever read! ...more
Vasco Simões
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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História de um jovem de 14 anos sem pais que vive com uma idosa que se dedica a cuidar de filhos de prostitutas. O medo da perda, a solidão, a morte e a dureza da vida. História comovente.
Chiara
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Letto in italiano. Bellissimo e toccante.
Vaiva Zaleckyte
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book.
Michele
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
genial!!
Elena Rug
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Très belle histoire d'amitié entre un enfant arabe et une vieille femme juive ...more
Gail
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It is in French, but if you can get an English language version, it's worth reading. ...more
Asab Asab
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
It could be better than is.
Krumpet
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rires. Beaucoup de rires.
Nadia
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very sweet book.
Philippe Bernard
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Drôle, poétique, émouvant, un livre qui change votre regard en profondeur, en somme un chef d'oeuvre de littérature... ...more
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