I know it is said that some books should be read only in childhood or at the very beginning of the teenage, but “Oscar and The Lady in Pink” could be an exception.
Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt succeeded on writing such a powerful book, full of profound lessons only by displaying a sad story, seen through the eyes of a very ill little boy.
Oscar and his guarding angel, the Lady in Pink
Suffering from a very severe form of cancer, Oscar meets in the hospital a volunteer worker (The Lady in Pink) who helps him “live” his whole life, by days, even if the little boy has very few to stay alive. Day by day, he goes through adolescence, then to early adulthood, middle-age crisis and also to the old one, learning and taking the conclusion from each of it. Of course, understanding every age from the perspective of a naive but intelligent child.
Facing death, Oscar is stronger and wiser than his parents
The book is a synopsis of life’s canons, like God (Oscar’s parents are atheists, but The Lady in Pink introduces the boy in religion’s secrecies), death (as a fateful moment in life), relationships (with parents), sympathy (how people feel when confronting a child who has cancer) and also humanity (the help and love given to Oscar by the Lady in Pink).
The boy is also an example of strength and wisdom. He feels angry at his parents, who are devastated by his imminent death and cheers them up by saying “we will all die, but I’ll die first.”
Despite the fact that the book is a very sad lecture, it is a proof of wisdom, a real-life lesson and an infantile, but a fearless manner of confronting death.
“Oscar and The Lady in Pink” has been screened in 2009 by the author himself, who was also the director of the movie, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.