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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful bio, 3 Jun 2010
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Akiva Orr (Israel) - See all my reviews
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This is the autobiography of Romain Gary (1914-1980)
Born in Vilna (Lithuania) to a Jewish-Russian mother who raised him without a father.
One of the first single-parent childhoods recorded.
The mother is an actress whose career was terminated by his birth so she
raises him to fulfill her expectations of success.
She is also a Francophile so they move to Nice in France.
Her caring is obsessive causing him frustration and embarrassment but many
envy him for it.
The "Promise at Dawn" is his expectation that every woman in the future will
love him as his mother did. Of course this can never happen
In WW2 he joined De-Gaul's "FREE FRENCH" air-force in UK.
His reminiscences of France's surrender to the Nazis in WW2 are unique.
As the Nazi armored divisions close in on Paris his squadron is ordered to fly low
with loaded machine-guns, over working-class areas of Bordeaux !!!
to shoot down "Fifth column" communists and demonstrators ...
The book is hilarious and full of insights.
Gary is a great Humanist.
He loves all living creatures, humans included.
To relish all his insights one must read this book more than once
His book "Elephants" heralded ecology before most people heard that word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My desert island book, 15 April 2010
This is a superb autobiography, the amazing story of a young man and his love for his mother. Romain Gary is a French/Jewish/Lithuanian version of Roald Dahl, swashbuckling his way across Europe and through the second world war, which he survives as a highly decorated pilot. By turns educational, hilarious and heart-rending, it is a book that deserves repeated readings (if only to keep up your French).
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