But Momo's world is threatened when mysterious little gray men appear, promising wealth and success to people who hurry through life now, saving time and depositing it in a Timesaving Bank.Realizing that all that is precious - life itself - is at risk, Momo sets out on a perilous mission to defeat the men in gray."Here is a story so ingenious in its conception, so powerful in production that its message can safely slip unnoticed into the mind to linger after the splendid images begin to fade." - The Times Literary Suppliment Long, long ago, when people spoke languages quite different from our own, many fine, big cities already existed in the sunny lands of the world.It had never been a grand place, even in the old days, just a place of entertainment for poor folk.
Having no roofs, amphitheatres were open to the sky.
An amphitheater resembled a modern circus, except that it was built entirely of stone.
Seats for spectators were arranged in tiers, one above the other, like steps lining the crater of a man-made volcano.
This was why, in the more luxurious ones, spectators were shielded from the heat of the sun or from sudden downpours by gold-embroidered awnings suspended above their seats.
In simple amphitheatres, mats woven of rushes or straw served the same purpose.