The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Book DescriptionThe enthralling international bestseller. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renee, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renee is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Renee hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renee's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781933372600
(209mm x 136mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Europa Editions
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Muriel Barbery
Elegance of the Hedgehog, Hardback (October 2011)
Rene is the concierge of a Parisian apartment building. She is passionate about culture and the arts. Several floors up, 12-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.
Gourmet, Paperback (May 2010)
France's greatest food critic is dying, after a lifetime in single-minded pursuit of sensual delights.
Gourmet Rhapsody, Paperback / softback (August 2009)» View all books by Muriel Barbery
Barbery best expresses her talent, demonstrating sensitivity and profound understanding both of life's many flavors and of the ways of the human soul, with all its weaknesses and contradictions.--"Food & Beverage Magazine" (Italy).
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Author Biography - Muriel Barbery
Muriel Barberyis the author of the international bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Gourmet Rhapsody (Europa Editions, 2009)."
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