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Home Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog. There he stood, the most recent eructation of the ruling corporate elite-a class that reproduces itself solely by means of virtuous and proper hiccups-beaming at his discovery, sharing it with me without thinking or ever dreaming for a moment that I might actually understand what he was referring to.
Michael Dirda, The Washington Post. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is about love. But not the sappy, head-over-heels variety. Rather, it's about the love of one's friends.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog (French: L'Élégance du hérisson) is a novel by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery. The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.
Muriel Barbery walks the high-wire throughout - there were any number of places where things could have degenerated into mere sentimentality
To be honest, all the pedantic asides left me cold. They took me out of the story and weren’t all that interesting. Muriel Barbery walks the high-wire throughout - there were any number of places where things could have degenerated into mere sentimentality. Not to mention the assorted philosophical digressions. But the alternating narrators - Renee the dumpy concierge and Paloma the precocious 12-year old - are so charming that I just went with the flow. I granted Mme Barbery my willing suspension of disbelief, trusting that I was in good hands.
Muriel Barbery is the author of the award-winning international best-seller The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a novel that The Washington Post called exceptionally winning
Muriel Barbery is the author of the award-winning international best-seller The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a novel that The Washington Post called exceptionally winning. Cosponsored by La Maison Française, NYU and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Muriel Barbery Adam Gopnik 2009 PEN World Voices Festival.
The aim of the game is not to eat the other, but to build the biggest territory. Levin delights in the forgetfulness that movement brings, where the pleasure of doing is marvelously foreign to the striving of the will. The rule regarding taking stones says that you can commit suicide if it is to take your adversary’s stones and not that you’re strictly forbidden to go anywhere you might be automatically taken.
Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson. 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. 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.
2007 French booksellers prize"-P. Translated from the French.
No idea is too big or small to find a home in the Parisian apartment building where most of the characters live