Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran - Eric-Emmanuel SchmittThose who believe that America has had an undue influence on France need look no further for evidence than the two short novellas collected here. Schmitt, a French writer making his English-language debut, has produced stories with the arc and tone of Hollywood tearjerkers. In the title novella, a Muslim shopkeeper befriends a lonely Jewish boy named Moses, aka Momo. Momo's mother vanished when he was young, and his father, a failed lawyer, stays around only long enough to tease Momo with stories of Popol, his supposedly perfect older brother. Ibrahim, the shopkeeper, takes Momo under his wing, instructing him about life, love and the old ways of a country he's left behind.
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM AND THE FLOWERS OF THE KORAN
Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran was originally written in French as a play, based upon the life of Schmitt's friend, Bruno Abraham Kremer. Kremer had asked Schmitt to write a play based upon his life growing up in Paris, specifically the relationship with his grandfather, Mr. In , it was rewritten, and was printed as a short novel by publisher Albin Michel, the second in the religious series " Cycle de l'Invisible " Cycle of the Invisible. In some respects, the book closely resembles the novel " La Vie devant soi " Life before you by Romain Gary under the pseudonym Emile Ajar. In that book, a young Muslim boy, also called Momo here a nickname for Muhammad , lives with an old Jewish woman, Madame Rosa. Momo often goes to visit an old Muslim man, Monsieur Hamil, who teaches him about the religion, subsequently entering into a grandfather-grandson relationship, quite similar to that of Momo and Mr.
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Amazon wishlist. The complete review 's Review :. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran is a dramatic monologue, but it reads readily like a dialogue-heavy novella. The person who becomes the real parent in his life, the one looking out for him and teaching him the lessons of life, is the neighbourhood grocer, Monsieur Ibrahim. The first thing he recounts is how he breaks his piggy-bank in order to pay for the services of a prostitute.