The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

By (author) Muriel Barbery , Translated by Alison Anderson

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Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 202 x 26mm | 320g
  • 01 May 2009
  • Gallic Books
  • London
  • English
  • 1906040184
  • 9781906040185
  • 25

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boring

I was not happy with this book. It was just too intense for me. I could not relate to the characters at all. The young girl is completely unbelievable. I just could not picture a young girl being so philosophical yet unable to see the grand flaws of her 'master plan'. This book is too philosophical and the characters are unlikeable. The concierge is probably the only one whom you end up liking in the tragic end. I almost gave up reading several times, but i spent money on this thing so had to finish it.show more
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