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The Reading Project | New Student Reading Project at Cornell University

In the twelfth year of Cornell’s New Student Reading Project, this year’s incoming undergraduate class and the Cornell community will read Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us.   Published in Paris in 1975, The Life Before Us tells the story of the relationship between Momo, an illiterate Arab boy, and Madame Rosa, the Jewish ex-prostitute and Auschwitz survivor who raised him, and of the last months of their life together in the immigrant Parisian slum of Belleville. Madame Rosa now makes a living by raising the children of other prostitutes, and as her health declines Momo must seek ways of providing for them all. Momo’s distinctive, exuberant, and often hilarious take on his world provides a surprising affirmation of the possibilities for wisdom from the perspective of innocence, and of the endurance of love and beauty in the face of suffering.

via The Reading Project | New Student Reading Project at Cornell University.