The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renee: 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, Renee lives resigned to her lonely lot 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 turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007 with sales of over 900,000 copies to-date.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 136 x 218 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 1906040168
  • 9781906040161
  • 673,353

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?The formula that made more than half a million readers in France fall in love with this book has, among other ingredients: intelligent humor, fine sentiments, an excellent literary and philosophical backdrop, good taste, sophistication and substance.??"La Repubblica" ?Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who loves books that grow quietly and then blossom suddenly.??"Marie Claire" (France) ?An exquisite book in the form of a philosophical fable that has enchanted hundreds of thousands of readers.??"Elle" (Italy) ?Nobody ever imagined that this tender, funny book with a philosophical vein would have enjoyed such incredible success. For some, it is part "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder, part "Monsieur Malaussene" by Daniel Pennac. While for others it resembles a written version of the film Amelie. Either way, readers are responding in vast numbers.??"Le Monde" The formula that made more than half a million readers in France fall in love with this book has, among other ingredients: intelligent humor, fine sentiments, an excellent literary and philosophical backdrop, good taste, sophistication and substance. "La Repubblica" Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who loves books that grow quietly and then blossom suddenly. "Marie Claire" (France) An exquisite book in the form of a philosophical fable that has enchanted hundreds of thousands of readers. "Elle" (Italy) Nobody ever imagined that this tender, funny book with a philosophical vein would have enjoyed such incredible success. For some, it is part "Sophie s World" by Jostein Gaarder, part "Monsieur Malaussene" by Daniel Pennac. While for others it resembles a written version of the film Amelie. Either way, readers are responding in vast numbers. "Le Monde" aThe formula that made more than half a million readers in France fall in love with this book has, among other ingredients: intelligent humor, fine sentiments, an excellent literary and philosophical backdrop, good taste, sophistication and substance. "La Repubblica" Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who loves books that grow quietly and then blossom suddenly. "Marie Claire" (France) An exquisite book in the form of a philosophical fable that has enchanted hundreds of thousands of readers. "Elle" (Italy) aNobody ever imagined that this tender, funny book with a philosophical vein would have enjoyed such incredible success. For some, it is part "Sophieas World" by Jostein Gaarder, part "Monsieur Malaussene" by Daniel Pennac. While for others it resembles a written version of the film Amelie. Either way, readers are responding in vast numbers. "Le Monde"
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