Monday, 11 July 2011

Schmitt, Éric-Emmanuel “Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran”

Schmitt, Éric-Emmanuel “Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran” (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran) - 1999

What a wonderful story. A young Jewish boy in Paris meets a Muslim grocery store owner. The two of them enter a father-son like relationships. A simple story, quite an easy read, as well. And yet, there is so much to this. Wonderful language, a lot of wisdom from both the religions. Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt manages to put that all together and create a very compassionate story.

I read this book in the French original but I've heard the translation is quite good, too.

I later read "Oscar and the Lady in Pink" (Oscar et la dame rose) and liked this just as much.

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