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PostSubject: Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog   Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:53 pm

My best friend gave me this novel for Christmas, and I am reading it now (though technically I should be finishing my paper). It somehow draws me it, although it is nothing like the novels I usually read. There are two perspectives: a concierge's and a teenager's point of view. Both are extremely intelligent, and try to hide that fact from others. The teenager plans to kill herself in a few months, but I guess their ways will cross before that happens, and the concierge will save her somehow.

What fascinates me most is how the teenager usually starts her chapters with a title like "Profound Thought #1", and you naturally expect some completely teenager-like rubbish to follow - but the text turns out to actually contain a profound thought.

The novel takes place in Paris. If that wasn't printed on the cover, you'd still know - it feels distinctly Parisian. I don't know how many of you have been to Paris, but the city has a typical feeling to it: part metropolis, part history, part art, part flea market. I always take particular pleasure in reading books in their settings, so I'll take the novel with me on my next trip to Paris (which I hope will be soon).

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PostSubject: Re: Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog   Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:04 pm

I'm glad you're enjoying this book! I came across it in Barnes and Noble one day, and the title attracted my attention. I'm normally wary of new and popular fiction, though, so I never purchased it.

I think I'll add it to my to-read list now, however.
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PostSubject: Re: Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog   Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:49 pm

Wow, it sounds really interesting, Laura! I'll check it out after I finish the three Anne books.
YES! I found out that my local library has it. Very Happy But they're all on loan... Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog   Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:09 pm

I just added Barbéry' first novel to my read books. It wasn't as good as "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" - but still a decent read, with the same characters (though in a different arrangement) and setting as the other one.

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