Read the beginning of the title story, "Mondo", from Mondo and Other Stories by J. M. G. Le Clézio, translated by Alison Anderson:
"No one really knew where Mondo came from. He just showed up one day, by chance, here in our town, and no one really noticed, and then we got used to him. He was ten years old or so, with a round, tranquil face and fine, slightly slanted black eyes. But it was, above all, his hair that we noticed, ash brown hair that changed color with the light and seemed almost gray at nightfall.
When he came closer, he looked you right in the eye and smiled, and his narrow eyes were like two bright slits. That was his way of greeting you. When he liked someone, he would stop and ask, quite simply, “Would you like to adopt me?”
And before anyone had time to recover from their surprise, he was already gone."
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