The Life Before Us

The Life Before Us

("Madame Rosa")

Book - 1986
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Baker & Taylor
Momo, an orphaned Arab boy, struggles to help Madame Rosa, a dying former prostitute and survivor of Auschwitz, whose Paris boarding-house has sheltered other prostitutes' children.

Norton Pub
The Life Before Us is the story of an orphaned Arab boy, Momo, and his devotion to Madame Rosa, a dying, 68-year-old, 220-lb. survivor of Auschwitz and retired "lady of the night."
Momo has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores' children at Madame Rosa's boardinghouse in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can.This sensitive, slightly macabre love story between Momo and Madame Rosa has a supporting cast of transvestites, pimps, and witch doctors from Paris's immigrant slum, Belleville. Profoundly moving, The Life Before Us earned France's premier literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., 1986
ISBN: 9780811209618
081120961X
Branch Call Number: FICTION GARY
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 21 cm

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

I had to read this for school. It's a bit boring, it goes on and on about their daily life and there isn't much of a climax. It reminds me a lot of Catcher in the Rye

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

Momo has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores' children at Madame Rosa's boardinghouse in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can.

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

"'Monsieur Hamil, can somebody live without love?''Yes', he said, and bowed his head in shame. I burst into tears."

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