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La vie devant soi by Romain Gary
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Jan 30, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: french
Read in July, 2014

This book is unbelievable!!! It is the story of a little Arab boy (Momo) cared for in Paris by a former prostitute, Madame Rosa. She cares for several children, who's mother's are prostitutes. Madame Rosa is of Jewish heritage and she was picked up & deported to Germany in WWII. She was in Auschwitz, but survived. The cast of characters is wonderful: Ms. Lola, the transvestite, who helps Momo care for M. Rosa as she gets more debilitated, Dr. Katz, who makes house calls and checks on M. Rosa, Monsieur Hamil, an older Arab ,who teaches Momo his religion (The Koran). There are other very interesting characters.
The love that Momo has for M. Rosa is incredible and he stays w/ her when she is very ill.
A film was done of the book in the 1960s w/ Simone Signoret as M. Rosa.
I normally don't re-read books, but this book is a favorite of mine and I have re-read several times in French.
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