Author: Romain Gary
Translator: Kyeong-shik Yong
Hardcover / 357 pages
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About This Book
This is by far the best book that I have read in a very long time. I wasn't
familiar with Romain Gary until I read a little book called "Darkness Visible -
A Memoir of Madness" by the great author William Styron. In "Darkness Visible"
Styron describes his crippling depression and near suicide and speaks of Camus
and Romain Gary with great affection. He knew Gary and his wife Jean Seberg. (Styron
almost met Camus - he had a dinner engagement with him when he learned he was
killed in an auto accident.) Styron saw Romain Gary in his deepest state of
depression only to experience serious depression himself later. Styron was
deeply affected when he found out that Jean had committed suicide and later so
did Romain Gary. It is disturbing how we often lose so many of our great artists
by their own hand. And Romain Gary was certainly one of the greatest.
In "The Life Before Us" Romain Gary tells the story of Madame Rosa from the viewpoint of little "Momo". This was the first time I had ever read a novel where I was literally laughing from humour and crying from sadness at the same time. It is amazing how the same exact sentence can inspire both humour and sadness. But Gary accomplished this and much more with this very touching novel. There are many tender Truths in this work. A touching quote: "'Monsieur Hamil, can somebody live without love?''Yes', he said, and bowed his head in shame. I burst into tears." Another is: "'It's where I hide when I'm afraid.' 'Afraid of what, Madame Rosa?' 'You don't need reasons to be afraid, Momo.' I've never forgotten those words, because they were the truest words I've ever heard."
This novel is about life and what it means to be human. It is profoundly touching, disturbing, sad, funny, and honest. You will look at the world differently after reading this novel. It is sad that Romain Gary is gone from our world, but my how he enriched it.
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